READINGS for 2006-12-02

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

THE EFFORT OF PRESENCE

Early each morning all the people went to the Temple to listen to him. ? Luke 21:38

Early mornings, I see different people attend the Holy Mass. A group of student interns and nuns serve as choir. Some Mass-goers wear jogging attire, others wear their office uniforms. But most of the Mass goers are elderly people.
      As I listened to the homily one particular morning, my eyes were wandering around the church. I noticed a short, plump old woman whose salt and pepper hair was gathered in a bun, she was taking a nap during the Mass.
      In my mind, I smirked and judged the old woman for sleeping in the temple. Then, I heard God whispered to me, ?It is her effort to be with Me that matters.? With that, I felt so ashamed for being self-righteous. Now, for me, listening to Him is what matters most whenever I hear the Holy Mass. Rosann J.

REFLECTION:
When was the last time you made the best effort to be available for someone?

Lord, let me not wander away from You.

COMPANION

1st READING

Revelation 22:1-7


Sin and the enemy rely upon lies to establish their control over us. Jesus, the source and principle of life, will stop this from happening to us as long as we place our lives under His authority. This may sound like it is simple but there seems to be something with a person that has an aversion to surrender to the will of another. It is this drive towards sinful independence that we have to overcome if we are to truly be Christ?s disciples.

1 Then the angel showed me the river of life-giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of its street. On either side of the river grew the tree of life that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month; the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations. 3 Nothing accursed will be found there anymore. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will look upon his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 Night will be no more, nor will they need light from lamp or sun, for the Lord God shall give them light, and they shall reign forever and ever. 6 And he said to me, ?These words are trustworthy and true, and the Lord, the God of prophetic spirits, sent his angel to show his servants what must happen soon.? 7 ?Behold, I am coming soon.? Blessed is the one who keeps the prophetic message of this book.

P S A L M

Psalm 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7

R: Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!


1 Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD; let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalm to him. (R) 3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great king above all gods; 4 in his hands are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his. 5 His is the sea, for he has made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed. (R) 6 Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us. 7 For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides. (R)

G O S P E L

Luke 21:34-36


Sin can spring into our lives in the most unexpected ways. We should never fall for the trap of thinking that it will be easy to identify. Satan often clothes himself in the disguise of something good in order to draw our attention. Let us discern well any decision we make to be as sure as possible that it is exactly what God desires us to do!

34 ?Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise 35 like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. 36 Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.?

my reflections
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: Sin and the enemy rely upon lies to establish their control over us.

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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 1Corinthians 5-8

SABBATH

COMING TO US THROUGH US

We end the last day of the present liturgical year with the prayer: ?Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!? This prayer echoes the deepest prayer in Sacred Scriptures. It is a plea to God. It is a cry from the deepest recesses of the heart. It also implies an attempt to remind God of His ancient promise to send the Savior of the world.
      As another liturgical year closes, we ask the Lord to come because the world still hungers for Him. So many people remain waiting for Him though He already came. In one way or another we failed to make His coming real to the world because our sins mock His presence in our midst. In what we failed, we pray that the Lord Jesus Himself would make His grace come and supply.
      ?Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!? ? this is our prayer, our plea, our cry. But Jesus already came. He came and continues to stay. Jesus is Emmanuel, He is ?God-With-Us.? He also dwells in us and, therefore, present through us. We can be the answer to our own prayer We can be also be the answer to the cry of the waiting world. If we continue striving to love like Jesus we can become the presence of Jesus.
      Let us make our plea today before the Holy Eucharist. Let us keep repeating the words ?Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!? like a mantra before the Blessed Sacrament. I remember part of Pope John Paul II?s teaching in his final Apostolic Letter, Mane Nobiscum, Domine (?Stay With Us, Lord?): Christmas is ?Jesus-coming-to-us? but the Eucharist is ?Jesus-staying-with-us.? May we become like the Eucharist, too. Fr. Bobby T.

REFLECTION QUESTION:
Am I a convincing presence of Jesus in the world?

You came, Lord Jesus, and continue to dwell in our hearts. May we be Your convincing presence to anyone we meet. By our love for one another, may we make a difference in a world that waits for Your coming. Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! Come through us. Amen.

St. Bibiana, virgin and martyr, pray for us.




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