READINGS for 2006-09-12

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

SHH?SIT STILL

?And he passed the whole night in the prayer of God.? ?  Luke 6:12

I have always been loud, usually the center of attention ? or wanting to be one. There are even moments when I would speak even if not spoken to.
      But on one Holy Week, I felt drawn to experience a silent retreat ? given at most an hour to speak with my spiritual director and for the rest only to God.
      The first few days felt like I was in a rehab center: ?Hi, I?m Tes, and I?m noisy.? But, on the night of the second day, I was getting used to the quiet. I was getting used to the conversations I had with the Lord. It helped that the gardens were beautiful and the prayer rooms were comfortable, but there was more to it than that.
      There were moments when I would just sit and stare then, boom, something would hit me ? an epiphany that only in silence I could find. It was God talking to me in my silence. It was then I realized that I don?t always have to speak because He knows! He already knows everything I have to say.
      I felt spiritually rejuvenated. I knew that when I get back to the din of the real world, I would have the faculties to overcome my weaknesses. And that I could easily draw into silence when the Lord would speak to me. Tes L.

REFLECTION:
Be still. Pray. Don?t speak. He knows.

 ?Allow me to be still when the noise in my life become deafening. Only in Your silence can I be at peace.?

COMPANION

1st READING

1 Corinthians 6:1-11

Paul encourages us to try and settle our differences among ourselves before resorting to law courts and so on. In this day and age, it is a very wise piece of advice. To resort to the courts can be an extremely costly business apart from the fact that it is not a good witness to Christian charity. There are times when we have to use the courts. But let us seek to keep these to an absolute minimum. If we all live in love for one another, then we should be able to avoid major disagreements because our focus will be upon the world to come and not the things of this world that the courts constantly deal with.

1 How can any one of you with a case against another dare to bring it to the unjust for judgment instead of to the holy ones? 2 Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world? If the world is to be judged by you, are you unqualified for the lowest law courts? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? Then why not everyday matters? 4 If, therefore, you have courts for everyday matters, do you seat as judges people of no standing in the church? 5 I say this to shame you. Can it be that there is not one among you wise enough to be able to settle a case between brothers? 6 But rather brother goes to court against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 Now indeed [then] it is, in any case, a failure on your part that you have lawsuits against one another. Why not rather put up with injustice? Why not rather let yourselves be cheated? 8 Instead, you inflict injustice and cheat, and this to brothers. 9 Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor racticing homosexuals 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 That is what some of you used to be; but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

P S A L M

Psalm 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9

R: The Lord takes delight in his people.


1 Sing to the LORD a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful. 2 Let  Israel be glad in their maker, let the children of Zion rejoice in their king. (R) 3 Let them praise his name in the festive dance, let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp. 4 For the LORD loves his people, and he adorns the lowly with victory. (R) 5 Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy upon their couches; 6 let the high praises of God be in their throats. 9 This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia. (R)
  
G O S P E L
  
Luke 6:12-19


The importance of prayer can never be underestimated. It is essential to the health of our spiritual lives. Without prayer we will not be able to maintain our relationship with the Lord at a healthy level. We will not be in contact with His will and thus be unable to know what He wants us to do with our lives. What I have just said is obvious to us all but it needs to be said. It seems that we often fall out of the habit of prayer! Let us pray for the grace to never lose sight of its importance and to be committed to daily prayer for the rest of our lives. Jesus prayed often ? if it is good enough for Him then it is good enough for me.

12 In those days he departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. 13 When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. 17 And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon 18 came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases.  Even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. 19 Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.

my reflections

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The importance of prayer can never be underestimated.

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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Hosea 5-8

SABBATH

NO ONE CAN STAND ALONE AND SURVIVE!

There is something nice in the feeling that comes with being able to say that I have accomplished a certain task. There is a certain pride in living up to our commitments and responsibilities. On the other hand, we are basically communal beings who cannot stand alone. We either stand as a member of a particular community or we fall by the way, as we were unable to fit ourselves into a community.
      Coming to understand all of the implications of this reality is an ongoing process. Just when we think that we might have graduated to a new level of self-sufficiency, we suddenly discover a different area where we are totally dependent upon the skills and good will of others. Nowhere will this be truer than in our experience of aging. As our faculties and abilities to look after even the basic needs of daily living diminish, we will become more reliant upon others.
      Jesus is the Son of God and yet He realizes that he is going to need help to ensure that the Gospel will reach the ends of the earth. He chooses 12 men in order to train them specifically with this task in mind. They travel with Him during His three years of ministry and then, after His passion, death, resurrection and ascension into heaven, it is they who will have the task of taking the Gospel to the nations. Not even Jesus stands alone in the work of salvation and the proclamation of the Good News!
      Unfortunately, this can be a difficult lesson to learn. It?s one that is learnt only after the experience of hurt or problems as a result of going about something alone when it was not possible to do on one?s own. Sometimes, the better and more humble path is to submit ourselves to the wisdom of others in matters that we have little experience in so as not to repeat the same mistakes. Even those people with the greatest capacity for work and the brightest of intellects will eventually meet their match. The world, and sometimes even God, has ways of bringing us back to reality very quickly! Let us not be silly enough to test this to see if it is true or not. Fr. Steve T.

REFLECTION QUESTION:

Do I seek to work with others on tasks at hand or do I prefer to stand alone? Maybe I should be looking for ways to share the gifts that I have with others?

Lord Jesus, you have given me many gifts and talents to share with the wider community of humanity. Help me to realize that what I have is not my own but a gift or talent that is meant to be used to help others solve their problems and difficulties as well as my own.
  

St. Guy the Poor Man of Anderlecht, pray for us.




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