READINGS for 2006-07-26
Feast of Sts. Joachim and Ann, parents of the Virgin Mary
GETTING A KICK
But blessed are your eyes, because they see? ? Matthew 13:16
I am often called ?mababaw? by my friends. It doesn?t take a lot to make me smile or laugh. I laugh at the corniest jokes, and continue laughing long after the punchline has been delivered.
Lord, help me not miss seeing you today.
Sirach 44:1, 10-15
It is important that we respect our parents and elders. In this way we also respect God who has given them some authority over our lives. Obviously, this authority lessens as we get older and as we take on more responsibility for our own actions. However, this does not mean that our respect for them should ever lessen. Signs of respect in action and the way we address such people are also important, as they are concrete reminders of our duty.
1 Now will I praise those godly men, our ancestors, each in his own time: 10 Yet these also were godly men whose virtues have not been forgotten; 11 their wealth remains in their families, their heritage with their descendants; 12 through God?s covenant with them their family endures, their posterity, for their sake. 13 And for all time their progeny will endure, their glory will never be blotted out; 14 their bodies are peacefully laid away, but their name lives on and on. 15 At gatherings their wisdom is retold, and the assembly proclaims their praise.
P S A L M
Psalm 132:11, 13-14, 17-18
R: God will give him the throne of David, his father.
11 The LORD swore to David a firm promise from which he will not withdraw. ?Your own offspring I will set upon your throne.? (R) 13 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he prefers her for his dwelling. 14 ?Zion is my resting place forever; in her will I dwell, for I prefer her. (R) 17 In her will I make a horn to sprout forth for David; I will place a lamp for my anointed. 18 His enemies I will clothe with shame, but upon him my crown shall shine.? (R)
G O S P E L
Never forget how privileged you are to have received the Gospel. Always be thankful that you have accepted the grace to accept the gift of salvation in your life. There are many who have never heard the Gospel. Let us look for opportunities to reach out to them with the news of salvation. Let us do this respectfully, always giving the individual person the right to accept or reject what we have to say to them. This is their right. We should always be seeking to improve our ability to share the Gospel with others.
16 ?But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. 17 Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Isaiah 39-41
DO WE SEE ALL WE SHOULD SEE?
One of the great hindrances in the spiritual life is blindness and deafness ? to the workings of the Spirit and to God?s Word. The holy Spirit is always working in the background of our lives disposing us towards faith in Christ. However, at times a response upon our part is required if we are to go deeper in our faith walk. God does not work against our will and thus requires our consent for many things. If we fail to see or hear what God wants to do or is presently doing in our lives, then how can we cooperate with what the Holy Spirit wants to do? It is not possible!
Lord Jesus, you often disappeared into the hills to gain space from the busyness of ministry and to pray and reflect. Grant me the grace to waste time with you in this way so that my relationship with you will be strengthened.
Sts. Joachim and Ann, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us.
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