READINGS for 2006-12-30

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

WORLDLY

"Do not love the world or the things of the world.? ? 1 John 2:15

I own two vehicles: a van and a car. I have a 9210i cellphone that works as a minicomputer. The price of my original US Ovation guitar is almost worth my son?s full year enrollment in Ateneo. I am a member of a fitness club where I do workouts 3 to 4 times a week. So, am I worldly?
      My van transports my Christian band and equipment to many places for worship concerts. The car speeds my wife in between supervising two schools and home. My cellphone receives regular bulk petitions for prayers. It also stores my talks and notes as a preacher. My guitar travels with me to produce the best sound I know for the Lord. And I am so far physically fit to do God?s enormous work, thanks to my regular gym.
      No, I am not worldly. I do not love the things I use. I love the persons I use them for. I love my GOD I offer them to. Yes, these material things will pass away. But the memories, the service, the friendship, the love I received and have given using these material things will last forever. Alvin B.

REFLECTION:
Do you love the things of this world for their own sake? Or do you value them because you use them to serve and love others?

Lord, let me value the material things you bless me with but only because I can use them for your glory!

COMPANION

1st READING

1 John 2:12-17


Parents have a tremendous responsibility to instill in their children the knowledge of right and wrong. They are the primary teachers of their children and can never allow this responsibility to be delegated to others. There is a special link between a child and his or her parents that does not exist in any other of their relationships. I am 38 years old and I still recognize within me a respect for the opinion of my parents and a certain sense to give it greater weight than the opinions of anyone else. I think that this is both a natural and good thing!

12 I am writing to you, children, because your sins have been forgiven for his name?s sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have conquered the evil one. 14 I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong and the Word of God remains in you, and you have conquered the evil one. 15 Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.

P S A L M

Psalm 96:7-8, 8-9, 10

R: Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!


7 Give to the LORD, you families of nations, give to the LORD glory and praise; 8 give to the LORD the glory due his name! (R) Bring gifts, and enter his courts; 9 worship the LORD in holy attire. Tremble before him, all the earth. (R) 10 Say among the nations the LORD is king. He has made the world firm, not to be moved; he governs the peoples with equity. (R)

G O S P E L

Luke 2:36-40


The prophetess Anna also predicts that Jesus will have a special role in bringing deliverance to Israel. Whether she knew that the deliverance she was referring to was from sin or not, we do not know and it does not matter. What matters is that we know that from the beginning of Jesus? life, there was something about Him that set Him apart from the rest of humanity. We know that this something is that He is the Messiah, the Son of God. Let us give thanks every day to God for such a wonderful gift. May we never abuse His goodness to us by ignoring the words He speaks into our lives.

36 There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, 37 and then as a widow until she was eightyfour. She never left the temple, but worshipped night and day with fasting and prayer. 38 And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

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May we never abuse His goodness to us by ignoring the words He speaks into our lives.

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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Revelation 15-18

 

SABBATH

HE DID NOT SIMPLY PASS HER BY

In the First Reading today, St. John the Evangelist reminds us and warns us. He reminds us that this world is passing. He warns us not to love this passing world. Both his reminder and warning are very timely as the present year has 48 hours or less left. The year is ending while the world may not be ending today or tomorrow. But it will end! As we have to let go of a year, we must never cling to anything or anyone in this world. Everything and everyone here, including the world in itself, is passing!
      The prophetess Anna in the Gospel knew whom to love and cling to. She was 84 years old, seven years married when she became a widow, and she never left the Temple since then, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. Her life and everything and everyone in it, like the world around her, were passing, save God in whom she trusted remain. She loved God and clung to Him alone. She never trusted in the world that passes; thus, when the newborn Son of God came, He did not just pass her by. He revealed Himself to her. She then passed on to others what passed her not: ??and she spoke of the Child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.?
      As another year passes, let us stop for a long while, sit down in prayer, reflect and examine if we have heeded St. John?s warning and followed the example of the prophetess Anna. Fr. Bobby T.

REFLECTION QUESTION:
Do I love this passing world?

Deliver us, O Lord, from loving this passing world. Remind us that this world will come to an end when we begin to be inordinately attached to it and to anything and anyone in it. May we love You and cling to You alone. Like what You did to Anna the prophetess, do not pass us by; but rather reveal Yourself to us. May we in turn speak of You to all who seek You and Your deliverance. Amen.

St. Sabinus and Companions, martyrs, pray for us.




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