READINGS for 2006-09-16

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



?he is like a man building a house, who dug deep? ? Luke 6:48

I invite my audience to DIG DEEP.
      In many ways, I invite them to think (Something we avoid doing!)
      To ask questions. To struggle with complexities. To wrestle with disturbing,  controversial questions. To confront doubts.
      For example, why does God allow tsunamis and earthquakes? Why?
      And why does God allow cancers and rebellious teenagers and poverty?
      And why did God create us?if He knew that there?s a danger that many will reject Him and thus go to Hell? Isn?t that unjust?
      Is God really a God of rewards and punishment? Doesn?t He have better things to do than list our sins? What?s so loving about that?
      Sure, not all our questions will be answered. But taking the effort to struggle with our doubts makes our faith tougher in a very different level: Our faith will learn to be comfortable with our doubts.
      Many Christians insist on being shallow, thinking it?s safe. But shallow isn?t safe. Shallow means there?s no growth. We continue to mouth the faith taught to us in kindergarten?untested and untried. My friends, dig deep. Bo S.

Storms will come. You have to get used to storms. Are you getting ready?

Lord, give me courage to struggle with my doubts. Deepen my faith in You.



1 Corinthians 10:14-22

Idolatry can take numerous forms. Any sort of attachment to things of this world to the exclusion of God as our main priority in life is a form of idolatry. Thus, sport, work, recreation, and hobbies can all fit into this category. The imperative we face is to ensure that we do not allow these pursuits to take priority in our lives and that we pursue balanced life. Let us pray for the grace to keep the right priority in the midst of pursuing our careers, hobbies and interests. May Jesus always be number one in our lives.

  14 Therefore, my beloved, avoid idolatry. 15 I am speaking as to sensible people. Judge for yourselves what I am saying. 16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. 18 Look at Israel according to the flesh. Are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? 19 So what am I saying? That meat sacrificed to idols is anything? Or that an idol is anything? 20 No, I mean that what they sacrifice, [they sacrifice] to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to become participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and also the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and of the table of demons. 22 Or are we provoking the Lord to jealous anger? Are we stronger than he is?


Psalm 116:12-13, 17-18

R: To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.

12 How shall I make a return to the LORD for all the good he has done for me? 13 The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of the LORD. (R) 17 To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the LORD. 18 My vows to the LORD I will pay in the presence of all his people. (R)


Luke 6:43-49

We should never allow ourselves to tolerate a little evil on the grounds that the overall impression that our life leaves is a good one. Good and evil can never be played off against one another! They cannot be measured one against the other. Evil is always and at every time and place to be avoided and that is that! Let us seek to produce only good fruit in our lives. In this way we will be better able to keep the bad fruit away as who wants anything to do with rotten fruit when there is good fruit near at hand?

43 ?A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. 45 A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil. For from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks. 46 ?Why do you call me, ?Lord, Lord,? but not do what I command? 47 I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. 48 That one is like a person building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock. When the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built. 49 But the one who listens and does not act is like a person who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.?

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Idolatry can take numerous forms.



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It is the utmost importance that when we build something, we lay the right foundations that will be able to support it. It is not possible to build a life of holiness and righteousness if our foundations are rooted firmly in the practices and thinking of the world. Everything that we seek to build for the Kingdom of God must be founded first in the truths and will of God. If this is not the case, then it will be like the Psalmist says, ?Unless the Lord build the house; in vain do the builders labor!? (Psalm 127).
    When I meet with people for spiritual counsel, it often does not take long to discover that, while they may have great ideals and dreams, these are never going to be able to fulfill them. That?s because the foundations of the life of the person are firmly rooted in the ways of the flesh and the world. What needs to happen first is that the person has to decide to let go of these compromising practices and decide to leave behind the ways of the world
to take on a new way of living for and within the boundaries of the Kingdom of God. It is like a government that wants to build new roads to promote industry in the country. But it does not lay the proper foundations for the streets and fails to reinforce the concrete in the newly built roads. After a short while, the roads begin to crack and deteriorate and we are back where we started with inadequate infrastructure to support the industry of the country.
    A life of holiness can only be attained through living a life of discipleship. This means that we have to closely follow the example of Jesus and set our lives on a course for His Kingdom from the bottom up! The first step is to repent of our sin and clear the way for a new foundation to be laid. The second step is to lay the new foundation. This, in the most part, consists in establishing a personal relationship with Jesus through daily prayer and regular Scripture reading. Once this is done, it is maintained through participation in a Christian community, service and regular spiritual reading and reflection. Fr. Steve T.

As we can see, a life of holiness is not something that comes to us without a cost or effort. Are you willing to pay the price?

Lord Jesus, open my heart more fully so that I will hear Your call to follow. Help me to put aside the things in my life that are not compatible with a life of discipleship. I want to be holy ? grant me the grace to help me become more like You.

Sts. Cornelius, pope martyr, pray for us.

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