READINGS for 2006-07-25
I DIDN?T KNOW BETTER
?Jesus said in reply, ?You do not know what you are asking?? ? Matthew 20: 22
We went to Sagada some years ago and the first cave we explored (which is now closed to the public, I believe) posed a challenge getting into because the shortest route in was steep and narrow. Our guide told us everything we needed to do for us to reach our destination in the safest way possible.
Lord, help me to see things from Your perspective so that I may learn to do things according to Your will.
2 Corinthians 4:7-15
It is important to remember that the human person is a fragile reality. Of all animals, at birth the human being is the most helpless. Most animals are up and about fending for themselves in a few hours. A human child remains dependent upon its parents for about 20 years! Yet, Jesus took on our human nature and sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. It is this that gives rise to Paul?s understanding that we hold a treasure of infinite worth, the Good News of our salvation.
7 But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you. 13 Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ?I believed, therefore I spoke,? we too believe and therefore speak, 14 nowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence. 15 Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.
P S A L M
R: Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.
1 When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion, we were like men dreaming. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with rejoicing. (R) Then they said among the nations, ?The LORD has done great things for them.? 3 The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad indeed. (R) 4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the torrents in the southern desert. 5 Those that sow in tears shall reap rejoicing. (R) 6 Although they go forth weeping, carrying the seed to be sown, they shall come back rejoicing, carrying their sheaves.
James is one of the apostles who took the command to take the Gospel to all nations to heart. Tradition has it that he made it to Spain where there is a yearly youth pilgrimage in his honor at Santiago de Compostela. In the light of the witness of His life, let us all seek to share the Gospel with someone today. Let us take the initiative in seeking out someone with whom we can share how God has changed our lives.
20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached him with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. 21 He said to her, ?What do you wish?? She answered him, ?Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom.? 22 Jesus said in reply, ?You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?? They said to him, ?We can.? 23 He replied, ?My cup you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left[, this] is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.? 24 When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers. 25 But Jesus summoned them and said, ?You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. 26 But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; 27 whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. 28 Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.?
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Holy Spirit, lead me more deeply into the truth of my being a person created in the image and likeness of God so that I will better understand that it is only in, with and through Christ that I am going to find true fulfillment.
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