READINGS for 2006-07-29
THE BLAMING GAME
Martha said to Jesus, ?If You had been here Lord, my brother would not have died!? ? John 11:21
Why Lord?! Why now?! Why me?! These were my exact words, plus more, last May 2001.
Lord, help me trust in your perfect plan for me.
1 John 4:7-16 (Or Jeremiah 7:1-11)
John writes to His community and exhorts them to grow in love of God and of others. These two things are intricately linked together such that one is really impossible without the other. The nature of love is such that it is impossible to be totally exclusive with it. If we love one person, this will necessitate us loving another person and so on.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. 8 Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. 10 In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us. 13 This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. 14 Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. 16 We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.
P S A L M
Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11(Or Psalm 84)
R: I will bless the Lord at all times.
1  I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. 2  Let my soul glory in the LORD; the lowly will hear me and be glad. (R) 3  Glorify the LORD with me, let us together extol his name. 4  I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. (R) 5  Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. 6  When the poor one called out, the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved him. (R) 7  The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. 8  Taste and see how good the LORD is; happy the man who takes refuge in him. (R) 9  Fear the LORD, you his holy ones, for nought is lacking to those who fear him. 10  The great grow poor and hungry; but those who seek the LORD want for no good thing. (R)
G O S P E L
John 11:19-27 (Or Matthew 13:24-30)
Martha expresses great faith when she states her belief in the resurrection rom the dead. She affirms her belief that Jesus is the Messiah. As we go about our daily lives, let us take with us the knowledge that we are called to witness to this truth as well. Sometimes the opportunities to do this are few. Even so, we should not stop looking for them and be prepared to grasp them when they arrive.
19 And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. 21 Martha said to Jesus, ?Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 [But] even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.? 23 Jesus said to her, ?Your brother will rise.? 24 Martha said to him, ?I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.? 25 Jesus told her, ?I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?? 27 She said to him, ?Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Isaiah 46-48
THE FAITH OF MARTHA
The faith of Martha is evident in that she believes that if Jesus had been present before Lazarus had died He could have saved him. What a surprise is in store for her when Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead!
Holy Spirit, lead me in the ways and paths of God. Help me to put behind me the ways and concerns of the world so that I will live more and more for your Kingdom. Teach me to value the things that are going to last forever in my life and that will not pass away with the world.
St. Martha of Bethany, pray for us.
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