READINGS for 2006-06-15
Go look again. ? 1 Kings 18:43
There is a small space right outside my bedroom window which I have turned into a ?green-patch-sight-for-sore-eyes-area?.
Go look again, Open my eyes to see how good your Love can be.
1 Kings 18:41-46
The image of rain as God?s blessing makes a lot of sense when you actually see how dry and arid and lacking in water that Israel is. Water is absolutely essential for life and without it there are endless problems for the people. It is easy to see how the Jews regarded droughts as God?s punishment for their sins and likewise, abundant rains as a blessing for their obedience and faithfulness. Life may not be so ?cut and dried? but it does seem that generally speaking this sort of analysis is basically true.
41 Elijah then said to Ahab, ?Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.? 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink, while Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, crouched down to the earth, and put his head between his knees. 43 ?Climb up and look out to sea,? he directed his servant, who went up and looked, but reported, ?There is nothing.? Seven times he said, ?Go look again!? 44 And the seventh time the youth reported, ?There is a cloud as small as a man?s hand rising from the sea.? Elijah said, ?Go and say to Ahab, ?Harness up and leave the mountain before the rain stops you.?? 45 In a trice, the sky grew dark with clouds and wind, and a heavy rain fell. Ahab mounted his chariot and made for Jezreel. 46 But the hand of the LORD was on Elijah, who girded up his clothing and ran before Ahab as far as the approaches to Jezreel.
P S A L M
Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13
R: It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.
9  You have visited the land and watered it; greatly have you enriched it. God?s watercourses are filled; you have prepared the grain. (R) 10  Thus have you prepared the land drenching its furrows, breaking up its clods, softening it with showers, blessing its yield. (R) 11  You have crowned the year with your bounty, and your paths overflow with a rich harvest; 12  the untilled meadows overflow with it, and rejoicing clothes the hills. (R)
G O S P E L
There is such a thing as righteous anger. However, I think that our expressions of anger are rarely of this quality. Our anger tends to take over and we are not in control of what we say and do. When this is the case it is not righteous anger! It is okay to get angry when we are wronged by someone, however, we must see to it that we do not allow ourselves to act out of this anger in revenge. Let us pray for the grace that our experience of wrongdoing will only further strengthen our commitment to love those who sin against us!
20 I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 21 ?You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ?You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.? 22 But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ?Raqa,? will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ?You fool,? will be liable to fiery Gehenna. 23 Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, 24 leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26 Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Proverbs 13-16
CHRISTIAN MORALITY VERSUS HUMAN MORALITY
On countless occasions, I have heard people describe their sense of goodness in this way ? ?I am true to what is asked by human decency.? ?I have satisfied what the legal standards require.? ?I abide with the requirements of law and order.? Re-reading Jesus? teaching about Christian righteousness, however, makes us realize that Jesus is not contented with such human boasts! Morality for Jesus is much more than satisfying human sense of justice.
Let us grow more and more every day in our patience, in our ability to forgive, in our willingness to forego. May we learn to give without counting the cost, save that of knowing that we are following your most holy will. Amen.
St. Germaine Cousin, virgin, pray for us.
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