READINGS for 2006-09-30

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER

Be happy, young man... ? Ecclesiastes 11:9

Every summer I go to a beach or a resort with my family or friends as a nice break from the otherwise tumultuous drama of my life. Those sunny and dry months of 2000 were the best months of my life. It dawned on me that I could be anything?a playwright, a director, an actress, a magazine writer...
      Either I was out at night practicing for the church theater group or I was trying to beat a deadline for an inspirational magazine. It was a different rush; I was deliriously happy doing those things. Perhaps because it was a nice change of routine or perhaps because I was serving God extraordinarily addicting.
      Now that I am faraway from my homeland, struggling with chilly autumn days, I think about that summer at home. The memory warms my heart. Most importantly, the things I did that summer helped me to not regret the choices I also made during that time.
      I now understand that those experiences were God?s way of preparing me for the summers and winters of my soul, so I will remain joyful and steadfast in my faith? always choosing to never compromise the values I hold dear and that hold me close to Him, no matter where I am. Dorothy A.

REFLECTION:
Remain joyful. But remember that God is going to judge you in all you do.

May I remain joyful and steadfast in my faith. Constantly doing what pleases You.

COMPANION

1st READING

Ecclesiastes11:9-12:8


The world proclaims that our youth is a time of freedom to indulge our passions in every which way that we desire to do so. This is a recipe for disaster not freedom. This is a recipe for sin, not holiness. Freedom used well will always be freedom exercised in the choosing of God?s path for our lives. True freedom is choosing the way of faith and not allowing the lies of the world to seduce us into wrong beliefs and actions. Let us pray that we will give our youth to the Lord and the rest of our lives as well!

9 Rejoice, O young man, while you are young and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart, the vision of your eyes. Yet understand that as regards all this God will bring you to judgment. 10 Ward off grief from your heart and put away trouble from your presence, though the dawn of youth is fleeting. 12: 1 Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come And the years approach of which you will say, I have no pleasure in them. 2 Before the sun is darkened and the light, and the moon, and the stars, while the clouds return after the rain. 3 When the guardians of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders are idle because they are few, and they who look through the windows grow blind; 4 When the doors to the street are shut, and the sound of the mill is low; When one waits for the chirp of a bird, but all the daughters of song are suppressed; 5 And one fears heights, and perils in the street; When the almond tree blooms, and the locust grows sluggish and the caper berry is without effect, Because man goes to his lasting home, and mourners go about the streets; 6 Before the silver cord is snapped and the golden bowl is broken, And the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the broken pulley falls into the well, 7 And the dust returns to the earth as it once was, and the life breath returns to God who gave it. 8 Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, all things are vanity!

P S A L M

Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17

R: In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.


3 You turn man back to dust, saying, ?Return, O children of men.? 4 For a thousand years in your sight are as yesterday, now that it is past, or as a watch of the night. (R) 5 You make an end of them in their sleep. The next morning they are like the changing grass, 6 which at dawn springs up anew, but by evening wilts and fades. (R) 12 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart. 13 Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants! (R) 14 Fill us at daybreak with your kindness, that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days. 17 And may the gracious care of the Lord our God be ours. Prosper the work of our hands for us! Prosper the work of our hands!

G O S P E L

Luke 9:43-45


Jesus tries to prepare His disciples for His coming passion and death. They may not fully understand the importance of these words but in later years they will be able to look back on them and draw comfort from the fact that Jesus did try to help them understand His mission. Similarly, we have a responsibility to try to be faithful to all that God asks us to do even when we think we are not able to do it. God looks to our desires more so than our accomplishments as they are usually a truer reflection of what is going on deep inside our beings.

43 While they were all amazed at his every deed, he said to his disciples, 44 ?Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.? 45 But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

my reflections
think:
Freedom used well will always be freedom exercised in the choosing of God?s path for our lives.

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God?s special verse/thought for me today________________

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T O D A Y ? S BLESSING LIST

Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________

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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Malachi 1-4

REVIEW OF THE QUARTER

Did I fulfill my last Quarter Goals?

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What were the most important words the Lord gave to me this quarter?

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What were my greatest blessings these past three months?

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What are my most pressing needs for the next quarter?

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SABBATH

KEEP YOUR FEET ON THE GROUND

Jesus tries to ensure that all the good things that are happening in His ministry do not carry His disciples away into a world that does not exist. He often reminds them that there are days of suffering ahead. This ought to have had a very sobering effect upon them. However, we all know how difficult it can be to remain calm when affected by the euphoria of the present moment. It is very hard to look too far forward in this situation.
      Jesus is acutely aware that there are difficult times ahead and He wants His disciples to be realistic about it. The same must be true for us. No matter how excited we might get in our service of the Lord, we should never lose sight of this fact. A certain amount of realism is important in the life of discipleship, as it will mean that we have our feet firmly planted on the ground and that our spirituality will be relevant or able to speak to the contemporary situation.
      Today is the feast day of St. Jerome, one of the greatest lovers of the Scriptures the Church has ever seen. He was so impressed by the power of the Scriptures to change his life that he spent a large part of his life translating the Scriptures from the original Greek and Hebrew into Latin. This way more people would have access to them. It was a monumental work, but he realized it was an important step in enabling people to read and study the Scriptures. Today there are ongoing efforts to translate the Scriptures into various languages and dialects so that all will be exposed to the Word of God. Without these efforts evangelization becomes much more difficult.
      Struggles and trials are all a part of serving God, whether they be emotional, physical, spiritual or psychological. I hate to think about the size of the task confronting Jerome when he began work on what was to become the Vulgate edition of the Scriptures. I do not think I would have been able to do it. Thank God that Jerome was committed to this task!
      Each of us will confront various difficulties as we seek to follow the Lord. It was difficult for Jesus to embrace the cross but He did. Let us pray that we will take heart from Jesus? example. Fr. Steve T.

REFLECTION QUESTION:
What do I most fear about the future? Do I have a realistic view as to what the future holds for me?

Holy Spirit, come and fill me with hope in the promises of God for my life. Help me to embrace His will as the perfect path for me to follow on the way to holiness and salvation.

St. Jerome confessor, doctor of the church, pray for us.



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