READINGS for 2006-09-18

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



?Come and he comes? ? Luke 7:8

Do you know that you talk to yourself more than you talk to other people?
    In an average of sixteen hours that we are awake, we talk to ourselves almost fifteen hours. According to Brain Tracy, 95% of our emotions are determined by the way we talk to ourselves. What we say to ourselves has a tremendous impact in our lives.
    What do you tell yourself most of the time? Being involved in sports ever since I can remember, I have discovered and mastered the power of selftalk. I have won games not only because of my abilities but also because of what I tell myself before, during and in-between games.
What do you suppose a marathon runner tells himself while running? Does he say to himself: ?It?s so very far, aargh..? or maybe, ? I?m so thirsty, I will faint?, or ?I look fat in these shorts.? If he has these going on in his brain, he won?t win and might just back out of the race.
    However, if he goes out the starting line, and tells himself, ?I can do this?, ?I was made for this?, ?After all the training I?ve been through, I deserve to finish this?, ?I?m the champ!? Boy, he?s on his way to victory.
    Life is like a game. It is a race. You want to win. What do you tell yourself?
    Believe in yourself because God believes in you! Arun G.

Are there any negative thoughts about myself that I harbor in my head?

Reveal to me all the good about me Lord as I dwell on Your love. Amen.



1 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33

Paul is not a communist but he does demand that the poor and rich live together in unity as though there was no difference between them. If one person has more than his or her neighbor then that person ought to share what he or she has with those who have less. There are no ?classes?of people in heaven so we had better get used to living in a classless society here on earth or maybe we will not get into heaven. One of the most constant cries of God issuing forth through the Scriptures is a call to awaken our social consciences. What are we doing to live socially just and responsible lives?

17 In giving this instruction, I do not praise the fact that your meetings are doing more harm than good. 18 First of all, I hear that when you meet as a church there are divisions among you, and to a degree I believe it. 19 There have to be factions among you in order that [also] those who are approved among you may become known. 20 When you meet in one place, then, it is not to eat the Lord?s supper. 21 For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own supper, and one goes hungry while another gets drunk. 22 Do you not have houses in which you can eat and drink? Or do you show contempt for the church of God and make those who have nothing feel ashamed? What can I say to you? Shall I praise you? In this matter I do not praise you. 23 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, 24 and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, ?This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.? 25 In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, ?This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.? 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. 33 Therefore, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.


Psalm 40:7-8, 8-9, 10, 17

R: Proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes again.

6 [7] Sacrifice or oblation you wished not, but ears open to obedience you gave me. Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not. 7 [8] Then said I, ?Behold I come. (R) ?In the written scroll it is prescribed for me. 8 [9] To do your will, O my God, is my delight, and your law is within my heart!? (R) 9 [10] I announced your justice in the vast assembly. I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know. (R) 16 [17] May all who seek you  exult and be glad in you, and may those who love your salvation say ever, ?The LORD be glorified.? (R)


Luke 7:1-10

The centurion is obviously a man of conscience who knows the difference between right and wrong. Though one of the occupying army, he has sought to win the trust of the people through generosity and fairness. Here the people return his kindness by pleading with Jesus to heal his servant. Kindness will beget kindness just as violence begets violence. Let us pray for the grace to be able to live just and holy lives so that goodness in the world will increase and evil will be overcome. Love will conquer all in the end.

1 When he had finished all his words to the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die, and he was valuable to him. 3 When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and save the life of his slave. 4 They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying, ?He deserves to have you do this for him, 5 for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.? 6 And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, ?Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not  worthy to have you enter under my roof. 7 Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word and let my servant be healed. 8 For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ?Go,? and he goes; and to another, ?Come here,? and he comes; and to my slave, ?Do this,? and he does it.? 9 When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him and, turning, said to the crowd following him, ?I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.? 10 When the messengers returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

my reflections
: What are we doing to live socially just and responsible lives?



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In the story of the healing of the Roman officer?s servant, we can find food for reflection upon the nature of true authority. The Roman officer or centurion tells Jesus that it is not necessary for Him, to actually come to his house to heal his servant. Why? The centurion knows what true authority is all about because he is a man under orders and he gives orders. When authority is respected, he knows that people will readily obey. When there is no respect for authority, when the respect has been lost through abuse or never been won in the first place, orders will not be obeyed and chaos will ensue.
    He trusts in the authority of Jesus? word and that is enough for him to know that it will be fulfilled. Here is an image or metaphor for the nature of faith. It reflects to us a willingness to trust and believe in the word and promises of God in such a way that we are not going to wait for second and third opinions. As the Prophet Amos once implied, when God speaks, the only true possibility of action of a disciple is that we obey.
    This sort of authority is not something that is easily won. I can vividly remember the distinction between those teachers at school who had won our respect and thus we readily obeyed them. Those that we did not consequently suffered the consequences. The two options lead to two very different sorts of relationships. It is so important for our life of discipleship that we recognize that God is always faithful and true to His Word. Thus we can readily trust it without fear of being caught in the wrong. When we have this respect for the Word of God, we will find that our life of discipleship proceeds much more smoothly than if we are always questioning His Word. Fr. Steve T.

How deeply do I respect the Word of God in my life? Do I always seek to discover God?s opinion regarding the decisions I make?

Lord Jesus, help me to grow in my ability to hear your word for life. Help me also to recognize that any of your words is as good as a promise in that you are always faithful to Your word and you always provide me with the necessary grace to be obedient to You.

St. Joseph Cupertino, confessor, pray for us.

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