READINGS for 2006-09-03
?Nothing that enters one from the outside that can defile a person but the things that come from within that defiles.? ? Mark 7:15
The foreigner exclaimed, ?Ah, Filipinos are very clean!? And he said this every time the Pinoy does the dipping, dripping and eating of the pandesal, ?Ah, Filipinos are very clean!?
When was the last time we confessed? The last time we forgave or reconciled with somebody?
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
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Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________
READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Ezekiel 41-44
My weekly time with God
THANK YOU LIST
Things to be grateful for from the past week
Things to ask God for in the coming week
Most important word God told me this week
DON?T TRY TO SHIFT THE BLAMEIt annoys me no end when people are not willing to own up to their actions and accept the consequences of them, both good and bad. This is a part of being a mature and responsible person. If someone is not willing to accept the responsibility for their actions, they have no right to be a free citizen.
Jesus wants the people to take control of their lives and to do what they know to be right and good. He does not want people to be hypocritical or irresponsible in blaming others for their own faults or bad choices. We are moral beings and this means that we have to take responsibility for informing ourselves as to what we should do in a given situation. We must also be careful to take into account the powers that are at work within us, our emotions and memories, when making our choices. The civil and religious laws are only external guides to help us discover the moral truth of who we are as persons and thus what we ought to do in any given situation. The law is not capable of saving us from sin or forgiving the sins that we may have committed in the past.
This is a key to the moral renewal of our society today. The only way we are going to see substantial change in the way that people act is when they realize that, as moral beings, they create who they are and the society in which they live by their actions. That is, if we choose not to speak out against corruption or evil, we become complicit in it. We become a part of the problem rather the solution!
The call upon individuals to take up the challenge to be an agent for moral change in our world is high on the list of needs for our society if it is going to survive. The moral decay that we witness in the such widespread realities such as the breakdown of family life, the use of drugs among young people and the wildly irresponsible sexual practices of many, is a sign of the times that we need to address first as individuals and secondly as a society. I do not have the answers other than to call people to start living according to the norms of the Gospel. Fr. Steve T.
What are the moral values that I base my life upon? Are they based on the Gospel or do I need to change some of them?
Holy Spirit, you are the agent of change in my life. You call me to a life of holiness. I pray that you will give me the strength to open my eyes more fully to the truth that God wants me to live my life by so that I may be more pleasing to Him.
St. Gregory the Great, pope confessor, pray for us.
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