READINGS for 2006-08-01
READY FOR SOWING?AGAIN
?The field is the world; the good seed are the people of the Kingdom...? ? Matthew 13:38
When my mother died in 2003, I experienced long burnouts afterwards. What I used to welcome (such as requests for counseling in the parish, or to facilitate groups), I now resisted, albeit interiorly. A retreat revealed to me that I needed to rest in Jesus? company. And that?s what I did.
Lord, my life is in Your hands. Use me and make me bear fruit
There can be times when we feel abandoned by all of our friends and disaster looms big in our lives. Even God can seem to have abandoned us at times. Jeremiah laments the great losses of Israel on the battlefield and speaks of an imminent defeat of the nation. He questions God?s commitment to the people. However, in the end, he realizes the truth that even in moments of deepest despair, his and Israel?s only hope is the Lord. That is true for us as well. Let us pray for the faith to put this belief into action.
17 Speak to them this word: Let my eyes stream with tears day and night, without rest, over the great destruction which overwhelms the virgin daughter of my people, over her incurable wound. 18 If I walk out into the field, look! Those slain by the sword; if I enter the city, look! Those consumed by hunger. Even the prophet and the priest forage in a land they know not. 19 Have you cast Judah off completely? Is Zion loathsome to you? Why have you struck us a blow that cannot be healed? We wait for peace, to no avail; for a time of healing, but terror comes instead. 20 We recognize, O LORD, our wickedness, the guilt of our fathers; that we have sinned against you. 21 For your name?s sake spurn us not, disgrace not the throne of your glory; remember your covenant with us, and break it not. 22 Among the nations? idols is there any that gives rain? Or can the mere heavens send showers? Is it not you alone, O LORD, our God, to whom we look? You alone have done all these things.
P S A L M
Psalm 79:8, 9, 11, 13
R: For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
8 Remember not against us the iniquities of the past; may your compassion quickly come to us, for we are brought very low. (R) 9 Help us, O God our Savior, because of the glory of your name; deliver us and pardon our sins for your name?s sake. (R) 11 Let the prisoners? sighing come before you; with your great power free those doomed to death. (R) 13 Then we, your people and the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; through all generations we will declare your praise. (R)
G O S P E L
Whether we like it or not we are in the midst of a battle which results into spells of eternal life or eternal death. When we are in the midst of temptation, or when we have already traveled down the path of sin, let us not be fooled by the lies of the enemy who seeks to tempt us from our call of righteousness and plunge us onto a path that will lead us to our destruction. Moral choices should never be taken lightly as their ultimate meaning is a matter of life or death. I know which side I want to be on in the end, but have I the courage and strength to persevere in it?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Isaiah 55-57
WE CANNOT LOOK AT THE SUN BUT SHALL SHINE LIKE IT
There are only two beings known to have the ability to look straight at the sun. One is real while the other is fictitious. The real being that can look straight at the sun is the eagle. Zoologists say that eagles can actually fly towards the sun. The fictitious being that can look straight at the sun is Superman. Except for kryptonite, Superman can conquer everything, including the sun.
Father, help me persevere in holiness. Lend me a hand as I strive each day to live a virtuous life. Let Your hand polish me and give luster to my life that I may one day shine like the sun in Your kingdom. Amen.
St. Alphonsus. De Liguori, bishop and confessor, pray for us.
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