READINGS for 2006-07-17

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

GOLDEN PARENTS

" whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.? ? Matthew 10:37

My parents Johnny and Charo Magnaye of Looc, Romblon celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last January 19, 2005. The best lessons my parents taught me are these:
      a) Make the Lord number one in your life.
      b) Defend and support the Catholic faith.
      c) Don?t make your loved ones an excuse not to serve the Lord.
      For better or for worse, my parents served the Lord. Even if our family faced the heaviest problem ever, still my Dad and Mom were there for the Church and for the less fortunate.
      In sickness and in health, my parents spread the Good news. Even if Mom and Dad were sick or we their kids were sick, still they made creative ways to do what is expected of them as servants of God.
      For richer or for poorer, my parents shared and cared for God?s glory. Rosanna M

REFLECTION:
Where there?s a will, there?s away.

Lord, thanks for making our family a little church.

COMPANION

1st READING

Isaiah 1:10-17

God is not interested in burnt offerings and sacrifices unless they are expressed in the form of true conversion of heart to His love and mercy. This is the type of offering that really pleases the Lord. It is too easy to pay for a burnt offering in the Temple. It is only the offering of our own life that will ultimately bring true conversion of heart and holiness to our lives. Let us look for ways to offer ourselves to the Lord by seeking to serve those around us in humility and gentleness of spirit.

10 Hear the word of the LORD, princes of Sodom! Listen to the instruction of our God, people of Gomorrah! 11 ?What care I for the number of your sacrifices?? says the LORD. ?I have had enough of whole-burnt rams and fat of fatlings; in the blood of calves, lambs and goats I find no pleasure. 12 When you come in to visit me, who asks these things of you? 13 Trample my courts no more! Bring no more worthless offerings; your incense is loathsome to me. New moon and sabbath, calling of assemblies, octaves with wickedness these I cannot bear. 14 Your new moons and festivals I detest; they weigh me down, I tire of the load. 15 When you spread out your hands, I close my eyes to you; though you pray the more, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood! 16 Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; 17 learn to do good. Make justice your aim redress the wronged, hear the orphan?s plea, defend the widow.?

P S A L M

Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23

R: To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you, for your burnt offerings are before me always. 9 I take from your house no bullock, no goats out of your fold. (R) 16 ?Why do you recite my statutes, and profess my covenant with your mouth, 17 though you hate discipline and cast my words behind you? (R) 21 When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it? Or do you think that I am like yourself? I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes. 23 He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me; and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.? (R)

G O S P E L

Matthew 10:34-11:1

The use of the phrase, ?to take up one?s cross and follow Jesus,? or words to that effect appear often in the Gospels. This indicates to us that we should consider these words carefully. What exactly does this mean? When Jesus refers to taking up His cross He is talking about the suffering and trials He must endure for the sake of our salvation. He is talking about the level of commitment required to be a true disciple. Following Jesus can be romanticized as a lovely idea to consider. However, we should never be fooled into thinking that there will not be a considerable amount of struggle and suffering in taking up such a call.

34 ?Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. 35 For I have come to set a man ?against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, 36 and one?s enemies will be those of his household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 40 Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. 41 Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet?s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man?s reward. 42 And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple ? amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.? 11: 1 When Jesus finished giving these commands to his twelve disciples, he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.

my reflections
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: God is not interested in burnt offerings and sacrifices unless they are expressed in the form of true conversion of heart to His love and mercy.

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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Isaiah 13-14

SABBATH

ARE YOU ABLE TO STAND FIRM?

This is the big question that we all have to face at one time or another. It is not enough to be able to know what is right; we have to have the strength to live by the truth that we have come to know through faith. We may think that we can avoid having to make a stand for our faith by living quietly and privately. However, I can assure you that there will come a time when each of us has to draw from the strength within to stand by our convictions in the face of persecution. This is rarely an enjoyable experience. Jesus hints at this in today?s Gospel when He tells His disciples that they may well see their friends and families divided according to beliefs one way or the other.
      It is not that God desires division in our communities or society as a whole. However, He desires truth and integrity. He demands that we be willing to embrace the Gospel and all that it entails and live it to the full. There are times when this will cause conflict simply because some people are not willing to embrace the truth to its fullest extent; they are not yet ready to give up practices in their lives that are sinful. The cause of division is not the truth as such, but rather sin in the form that it refuses to embrace the truth!
      Each one of us must make this decision to live by the truth and thus live with the consequences of confronting the sin in the lives of even our closest friends. This is not an easy thing to embrace but without it our witness to the Gospel is compromised and diminished in its effectiveness and power. Jesus had few, if any, hesitations about embracing the path before Him, so let us draw strength from His example and move forward in our mission and call.
      The ability to stand firm in the face of adversity is a universally recognized virtue. It can draw admiration from even the most bitter of enemies. There is no doubting the courage and commitment that such a stance takes and this is the reason why those willing to walk this path of life are those who are among the most effective evangelists. Look at the life of Paul! He suffered tremendous hardships and deprivation but he counted it all as insignificant and nothing for the sake of knowing the power of Christ at work in his life. Fr. Steve T.

REFLECTION QUESTION:
Have I got the courage to stand for what I know to be true even if it might mean isolation and suffering as a result?

Lord Jesus, I pray for the grace to realize along with Paul that there is no greater experience in life than living and dying for you and in your service. Grant me the grace to stand firm in the face of trials and suffering so that you may receive the glory.

St. Marie Madeleine Postel, foundress, pray for us.




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