READINGS for 2006-09-05

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...who knows what pertains to a person except the spirit of the person that is within? ? 1 Corinthians 2:11

One of the things I don t like is waiting. I?m a very impulsive buyer; I make rush-hour decisions that I convince myself I won?t regret.
      But most of the time, say 90% of the time, I do. It bores me to wait yet I hate mediocre results. I hate waiting in airports or terminals, lining up in offices, waiting for the right man.
      Once, while at the Manila airport waiting for my flight back home to Cebu, I started tapping on my laptop keyboard and just wrote everything on my mind. I ended up with a nice, soulful journal and it donned on me that the reason I hate waiting is because it gives me time to reflect on my inner self and sometimes, it reveals the flaws that I?m not ready to accept.
      Today?s First Reading tells me that aside from God, I am the only person who best knows the real me. Maybe if I took time out to reflect more, if I am more courageous in assessing my heart and soul so I will be more ready for the spiritual things that the Spirit of the Lord can reveal to me.
      I don?t have to wait for the next time I have to wait to start. In fact, this reflection?s a good time to start as any. Karla P.

?Have you been making rash decisions because you?re too busy to think? Wait on God?s will.?

?Lord, give me the patience to wait on Your will for my life.?



1 Corinthians 2:10-16

There is more to a person than what we initially see. In fact, it is doubtful that we never really get to know anyone fully. It is only the Spirit of God who can properly plumb the depths of a human person. We are complicated creatures and each of us deserves the respect of all others in this regard. As we seek to journey towards greater self-knowledge, we should try to open ourselves more fully to the work of the Holy Spirit as it is only He who is capable of opening up our lives for us to understand ourselves, and for that matter, others as well. Let us journey with the Spirit of God towards a greater understanding of who we really are and what God wants us to be.

10 The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God. 11 Among human beings, who knows what pertains to a person except the spirit of the person that is within? Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God. 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms. 14 Now the natural person does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God, for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it, because it is judged spiritually. 15 The spiritual person, however, can judge everything but is not subject to judgment by anyone. 16 For ?who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?? But we have the mind of Christ.


Psalm 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 13-14

R: The Lord is just in all his ways.

8 The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. 9 The LORD is good to all and compassionate toward all his works. (R) 10 Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD, and let your faithful ones bless you. 11 Let them discourse of the glory   of your kingdom and speak of your might. (R) 12 Making known to men your might and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13 Your Kingdom is a kingdom for all ages, and your dominion endures through all generations. (R) The LORD is faithful in all his words and holy in all his works. 14 The LORD lifts up all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. (R)


Luke 4:31-37

Authority can be a very dangerous thing to exercise. If we look at the way Jesus exercised authority in His ministry, we will discover that He always exercises His authority in the service of others. He never uses it to promote Himself or for His own gain. Herein lies a tremendously important lesson for us all, namely that authority is at its best in the service of others. Let us resolve never to remove our exercise of authority from the context of serving God and our neighbor.

31 Jesus then went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the sabbath, 32 and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority.  33 In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out in a loud voice, 34 ?Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are ? the Holy One of God!? 35 Jesus rebuked him and said, ?Be quiet! Come out of him!? Then the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him any harm. 36 They were all amazed and said to one another, ?What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.? 37 And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.

my reflections
There is more to a person than what we initially see.



God?s special verse/thought for me today________________


Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________







What attracts me to the spiritual gifts? Am I seeking them for my purposes alone, or do I have the needs of the Church and others in my heart as well?

Father,You pour out Your gifts in abundance upon your children. Help me to be receptive and responsive to all of the gifts that You have given to me. I also pray that I will be faithful to Your will in the way that I exercise these gifts.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, religious, founder, pray for us.

Was Jesus able to work miracles only because He was Son of God? If so, why were the saints also able to work miracles?
      I believe Jesus? power and consequently that of the saints comes through their holiness. But just because a person is holy does not mean that they will be performing more and more miracles the holier that they get. All of this depends on God?s will and His plan for their lives. One of the important aspects of holiness is that the person becomes less concerned with what others think about them and thus less concerned with exercising something like the power to perform miracles. Humility is a key part of holiness. It is humility that protects any saint from falling into the trap of selfexultation that has been the undoing of many powerful charismatic ministries in recent years. If we carefully examine the lives of the saints, we will discover that deep down they do not court fame and power. Many of them are very reluctant to exercise their spiritual gifts for fear of this consequence.
      Returning to the Gospel, the power that Jesus exercises in the working of miracles and His authority over demons is a power that demonstrates the authority of God over His creation. All that Jesus says and does is done at the bidding of His Father in heaven. This demonstrates Jesus? humility as well as protects Him from seeking to use His power for His own self-interest.
      As we seek to grow in holiness each day, it is important for us to remember that humility and the desire to serve others are at the heart of this goal. Let us seek to imitate Jesus in these areas of our lives. Who knows, maybe when we have progressed further in the spiritual life, we will find that God will entrusts us with greater gifts. Fr. Steve T.

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