READINGS for 2007-02-03
DOWNPOUR OF GRACE
May the God of peace? furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will. ? Hebrews 13:20-21
Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21
The author of Hebrews encourages us to share our resources. It never ceases to amaze me how, out of pride and self-sufficiency, human beings can be so reluctant to embrace this call. Too often we see resources wasted in duplicating structures or materials that would be better shared. Let us seek to do what we can to set things on a better footing. Let us seek ways to share our resources and help one another when it comes to proclaiming the Gospel.
15 Through him [then] let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have; God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind. 17 Obey your leaders and defer to them, for they keep watch over you and will have to give an account, that they may fulfill their task with joy and not with sorrow, for that would be of no advantage to you. 20 May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, Jesus our Lord, 21 furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will. May he carry out in you what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Numbers 7-9
OBEYING OUR LEADERS
It seems that today the word ?obedience? has taken on a pejorative sort of meaning particularly when applied to adults. Why should an adult be in obedience to another adult? Surely he or she is old enough to make up their own minds concerning the issues of their lives. This very individualistic attitude seems to be a result of a gradual process in western philosophy which, has seen a dramatic shift in focus from the human community as a whole, or what we could term the common good, to the individual person over and against those around him or her. This very unhealthy step is perhaps expressed most forcefully by Sartre through one of his fictional characters St. Genet when he said ?Hell is other people.? (The Flies)
Sts. Blase and Ansgar, bishops and martyrs, pray for us.
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