READINGS for 2006-09-10
?My brothers, show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.? ? James 2:1
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Daniel 13-14
GETTING TO KNOW THE SAINTS
?Do not forget that when sovereigns are at war they can no longer busy themselves with their administration; justice is not distributed; no care is taken of the people; and this alone is your sovereign charge, this the main point of your duty as kings.?
WHAT NEEDS TO BE ?OPENED? IN MY LIFE
St. Nicholas of Tolentino, confessor, pray for us.One of the most effective defense mechanisms that we have to protect ourselves from hurts in life is to shut ourselves off from the world in general or the source of the pain if we can identify it. However, there is a danger in ?turning one?s self off to the world.? We may also be turning off the way in which blessings come to us! Defense mechanisms are good and necessary devices that help us maintain our sanity in the busyness of our lives. But they can be overused and even abused to the detriment of our own growth and well-being.
Today we hear Jesus speak into the life of a person who has both a hearing and speech impediment. Jesus commands the ears to be opened and the tongue to be released so that the man can have his full faculties restored to him. The symbolism of this healing is immediately apparent when we look at it in terms of the man?s ability to receive and promulgate the Gospel. Without the full use of his ears, it is very difficult for the man to receive the Good News, as he is not able to hear the Gospel being preached. His ability to receive the Gospel will be reliant upon his other senses. At the same time we can also discern that it will be very difficult for him to proclaim the Gospel if he has a speech impediment. The healing that Jesus gives him enables him to enter fully into the Kingdom of God, as he is now able to hear and respond to the proclamation of the Gospel, and then to minister the Good News to others by proclaiming it in both word and deed.
There is a beautiful use of this scriptural passage in the Sacrament of Baptism. The priest prays the following prayer while touching his fingers to first the ears and then the mouth of the person about to be baptized: ?May the Lord open your ears to hear His word and your mouth to proclaim His name.? Unfortunately, this prayer is no longer in common usage in some places. I think it should be restored to the Sacrament as it speaks very clearly of the gift of baptism and the responsibilities that come to with it. Let us ensure that we do not lose these two essential points of baptism and that we choose to open up our lives to God fully ? both to receive His gifts and to share them with others. Fr. Steve T.
How often do I open up my life to the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit so that I can be challenged to repent if necessary and identify areas of my life where I need to grow?
Lord Jesus, You lived Your life in total openness to God the Father. You received all that He had to offer You and gave out all that He asked You to share. Help me to follow Your example more closely each day.
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