READINGS for 2006-07-11
?Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.?? Matthew 9:33b
In December 2004, I watched the disaster of a proportion probably to be seen only once in a lifetime ? the earthquake and the tidal waves that killed over 135,000 people in South Asia.
Father, help me believe in your unfathomable wisdom.
Hosea affirms that the People of Israel have been unfaithful to the covenant and are in the process of reaping the harvest of their infidelity. This will take the form of military defeat and ultimately exile, twice! It seems that we can take a long time to learn from our mistakes. If we are really wise, we learn from others? mistakes as well as our own. Let us be mindful of the mistakes of history in order to try and avoid repeating them in our lives.
4 They made kings, but not by my authority; they established princes, but without my approval. With their silver and gold they made idols for themselves, to their own destruction. 5 Cast away your calf, O Samaria! my wrath is kindled against them; How long will they be unable to attain innocence in Israel? 6 The work of an artisan no god at all, Destined for the flames ? such is the calf of Samaria! 7 When they sow the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind; The stalk of grain that forms no ear can yield no flour; Even if it could, strangers would swallow it. 11 When Ephraim made many altars to expiate sin, his altars became occasions of sin. 12 Though I write for him my many ordinances, they are considered as a stranger?s. 13 Though they offer sacrifice, immolate flesh and eat it, the LORD is not pleased with them. He shall still remember their guilt and punish their sins; they shall return to Egypt.
P S A L M
Psalm 115:3-4, 5-6, 7-8
R: The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
3 Our God is in heaven; whatever he wills, he does. 4 Their idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men. (R) 5 They have mouths but speak not; they have eyes but see not; 6 they have ears but hear not; they have noses but smell not. (R) 7 they have hands but feel not; they have feet but walk not. 8 Their makers shall be like them, everyone that trusts in them. (R)
G O S P E L
Today is the Feast day of St. Benedict, one of the acclaimed founders of monasticism as we know it today. Many of the religious orders have their rule based in no small way upon the rule that Benedict wrote to guide the monks that chose to follow his monastic way. This rule of life has a remarkable balance in it that should be emulated by all people, not just religious. There must always be a healthy balance between work, prayer and study if we want to live healthy spiritual and physical lives. Let us seek to discover what that balance is for each of us.
32 As they were going out, a demoniac who could not speak was brought to him, 33 and when the demon was driven out the mute person spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, ?Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.? 34 But the Pharisees said, ?He drives out demons by the prince of demons.? 35 Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. 36 At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, ?The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; 38 so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Sirach 44-47
GROWING IN LOVE AND CARE
One of the first and most important characteristics that a religious leader must have is a pastoral heart, a genuine care and concern for the welfare of the people entrusted to them. This is normally a gift, not learnt! Even when the gifting is there, it takes a lot of work to truly develop the gift. Jesus laments the fact that the leaders of the people have failed in their pastoral duty. As is mentioned in Ezekiel, God is looking for men who will care for the People of Israel as a true shepherd cares for his flock.
Father, your heart is always one of mercy and love towards your people. Help me to grow in the way that I imitate you in this. Teach me how to grow in love and acceptance of people for who they are and not demand that they be who I want them to be.
St. Benedict of Nursia, abbot confessor, pray for us.
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