READINGS for 2006-10-11

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

UNCONDITIONAL TRUST

?Subject us not to the trial? ? Luke 11:4b

As a professional manager in a group of companies, I was assigned from the flagship company to two ?minor? companies. I felt shortchanged. During the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997, the two companies went bankrupt and I was practically jobless. Before the bankruptcy, I turned down a job, which offered to double my executive salary. Financially in peril, I thought that despite prayer, my livelihood path was misguided.
      During my joblessness, instead of aggressively looking for a new job, I instead accepted assignments to serve on missions to faraway outreaches and left my livelihood to God. Time justified the leadings of the Spirit. Newspapers reported that the company that offered to double my salary made money on fake tax credits and that its owners were being sued. My former co-managers are now all gone because the company was taken over by a foreign entity.
      With my management experience in the two ?minor? companies, I was offered to be businessman-operator, and with it came income. My financial future was secured because I trusted the Spirit to lead my way. When I decided to look after the Father?s interests, He looked at me with interest.
Rolly E.

REFLECTION:
Am I prone to trust my instincts more than the movement and prodding of the Spirit?

Lord, teach me to trust in you my whole life.

COMPANION

1st READING

Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14


Paul was not a man to shrink back from a challenge. He tells us that he went face to face with Peter over the issues surrounding the proclamation of the Gospel to the Gentile communities. Exactly what happened here we will never know but that there was a struggle is without doubt. However, we can report that there must have been a reasonable resolution as the Gospel continued to be proclaimed to all people and there was no split in the Christian community over the matter. Let us pray that the Church will be able to regain its unity of witness to the Gospel ? that the ecumenical dialogues that are ongoing today will be successful in reuniting the various branches of Christianity.

1 Then after fourteen years I again went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. 2 I went up in accord with a revelation, and I presented to them the gospel that I preach to the Gentiles ? but privately to those of repute ? so that I might not be running, or have run, in vain. 7 On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter to the circumcised, 8 for the one who worked in Peter for an apostolate to the circumcised worked also in me for the Gentiles, 9 and when they recognized the grace bestowed upon me, James and Kephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas their right hands in partnership, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 Only, we were to be mindful of the poor, which is the very thing I was eager to do. 11 And when Kephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he clearly was wrong. 12 For, until some people came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to draw back and separated himself, because he was afraid of the circumcised. 13 And the rest of the Jews [also] acted hypocritically along with him, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that they were not on the right road in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Kephas in front of all, ?If you, though a Jew, are living like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews??

P S A L M

Psalm 117:1, 2

R: Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.


1 Praise the LORD, all you nations; glorify him, all you peoples! (R) 2 For steadfast is his kindness toward us, and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever. (R)

G O S P E L

Luke 11:1-4


The disciples of Jesus, seeing the effectiveness of His ministry must have wondered if Jesus had any special prayers that helped him perform miracles. The ?Our Father? which Jesus teaches them is a prayer that encapsulates all that is necessary in the Christian life. There is praise of God, worship, repentance, petition and so on. It is a prayer of faith and commitment to being a disciple of Jesus. As we pray it every day, let us believe that we will grow in our faith in such a way that we will be better disciples and more effective witnesses to the Gospel.

1 He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ?Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.? 2 He said to them, ?When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread 4 and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.?

my reflections
think:
Let us pray that the Church will be able to regain its unity of witness to the Gospel ? that the ecumenical dialogues that are ongoing today will be successful in reuniting the various branches of Christianity.


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SABBATH

QUINTESSENCE OF PRAYER

William Shakespeare had some lines which we may appropriate for our reflection on the Gospel reading. ?My words fly up / my thoughts remain below / Words without thoughts / never to heaven go.?
      Hopefully, such verses won?t be applicable to our prayer. Today?s Gospel passage of Jesus teaching his disciples how to pray makes us ask ourselves how reflectively, how thoughtfully we pray ? particularly, how we say our prayers. Jesus, in fact, taught us a formula which we can use, commonly known now by its first two words, the ?Our Father,? ?The Lord?s Prayer.?
      There is a positive value with such formulas and memorized prayers. When, at times, words seem to fail us in our dialogue with the Lord, or when we don?t seem to know what to say, we can always have recourse to those prayers we have learned ever since we were small.
      Of course, it is very true that prayer is more than just reciting formulas or saying memorized prayers. As we often say, ?It?s the thought that counts.? Prayer cannot simply consist in a mechanical recitation without any underlying relationship of love and trust in God. These qualities, in fact, are precisely what the Lord?s Prayer embodies.
      Every time we pray, therefore, let us allow our words to ?fly up,? certainly alongside our thoughts and sentiments. Fr. Martin M.

REFLECTION QUESTION:
How can I become a more prayerful person?

Our Father, Who art In Heaven, be with us today.

Blessed John XXIII, pope, pray for us.




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