READINGS for 2007-02-19

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

IT IS THE LORD!

All wisdom comes from the Lord. ? Sirach 1:1

Every time I have a counseling session, or have to write for Kerygma or do Didache reflections, I make it a point to pray ?acknowledging the Lord as the real counselor or writer and that I am only His instrument.
      If ever I have been effective in these ministries all these years, it is only   because I make myself available to be His instrument.
      This is my ?secret? for being able to serve well.
      I remember there were many instances in my counseling when I said things that really helped my counsellee ? but I only realized what I said after I had said it!
      Maybe some of you can relate with this. It?s as if all that wisdom came from Someone else. A priest friend I know told me he sometimes experiences the same thing when he delivers his homilies. As he is ?carried away? in his preaching, he realizes he said many beautiful things he couldn?t believe came from his lips.
      This is the beauty of allowing God to be in control of our lives through our daily surrender to His will. He can work in us. Cristy G.

REFLECTION:
Do you credit the Lord enough for your successes?

When I begin to puff up with pride, remind me again, Lord, who is Lord.

COMPANION

1st READING

Sirach 1:1-10

All wisdom is from the Lord. This is true and I do not think that any of us would deny this. All truth is rooted in the Lord as well. This is why the Council Fathers of Vatican II taught us that, ?Jesus Christ fully reveals Man to himself? (Gaudium et Spes, n.22). This truth is one that must inform the entire way that we treat one another. It is at the basis of our understanding of the dignity of the human person created in the image and likeness of God. We must look to Christ to see what it means to live with and for others, as this is the truest destiny of our humanity.

1 All wisdom comes from the LORD and with him it remains forever. 2 The sand of the seashore, the drops of rain, the days of eternity: Who can number these? 3 Heaven?s height, earth?s breadth, the depths of the abyss: Who can explore these? 4 Before all things else wisdom was created; and prudent understanding, from eternity. 5 To whom has wisdom?s root been revealed? Who knows her subtleties? 6 There is but one, wise and truly awe-inspiring, seated upon his throne: 7 It is the LORD; he created her, has seen her and taken note of her. 8 He has poured her forth upon all his works, upon every living thing according to his bounty; he has lavished her upon his friends. 9 Fear of the LORD is glory and splendor, gladness and a festive crown. 10 Fear of the LORD warms the heart, giving gladness and joy and length of days.

P S A L M 

Psalm 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5

R: The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.


1 The LORD is king, in splendor robed; robed is the LORD and girt about with strength. (R) And he has made the world firm, not to be moved. 2 Your throne stands firm from of old; from everlasting you are, O LORD. (R) 5 Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed holiness befits your house, O LORD, for length of days. (R)

G O S P E L

Mark 9:14-29

Jesus must have been tempted to frustration virtually every day of His ministry given the seeming slowness of even His closest disciples to understand sometimes even the simplest of matters. This is not a criticism of them, but rather a  reflection upon the distance we all have to grow in our imitation of Jesus.

14 When they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them. 15 Immediately on seeing him, the whole crowd was utterly  amazed. They ran up to him and greeted him. 16 He asked them, ?What are you arguing about with them?? 17 Someone from the crowd answered him, ?Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit. 18 Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they were unable to do so.? 19 He said to them in reply, ?O faithless generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him to me.? 20 They brought the boy to him. And when he saw him, the spirit immediately threw the boy into convulsions. As he fell to the ground, he began to roll around and foam at the mouth. 21 Then he questioned his father, ?How long has this been happening to him?? He replied, ?Since childhood. 22 It has often thrown him into fire and into water to kill him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.? 23 Jesus said to him, ??If you can!? Everything is possible to one who has faith.? 24 Then the boy?s father cried out, ?I do believe, help my unbelief!? 25 Jesus, on seeing a crowd rapidly gathering, rebuked the unclean spirit and said to it, ?Mute and deaf spirit, I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!? 26 Shouting and throwing the boy into convulsions, it came out. He became like a corpse, which caused many to say, ?He is dead!? 27 But Jesus took him by the hand, raised him, and he stood up. 28 When he entered the house, his disciples asked him in private, ?Why could we not drive it out?? 29 He said to them, ?This kind can only come out through prayer.?

my reflections
think:
We must look to Christ to see what it means to live with and for others, as this is the truest destiny of our humanity.

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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Deuteronomy 19-21

SABBATH

IS PRAYER ALWAYS THE ANSWER?

It can sound very glib and unconvincing when someone tells you to pray about a particular problem and you will get an answer. I believe in the power of prayer but not in terms of it being a magic cure-all for the problems that confront us in our daily lives.
      For me the most important thing is whether or not I am trying to develop the daily habit of prayer. Herein lies the foundation for seeing prayer as at least part of the solution to all of our problems. Prayer is not something that I should be turning on and off in my life when I need it. It should be something that permeates every aspect of my life ? something about which I will feel very uncomfortable if it is not there in regular and healthy doses. The disciples are unable to cast out a particular demon due to a lack of prayer. Perhaps they had been neglecting this aspect of discipleship for a while and Jesus takes the opportunity to remind them to return to it. Perhaps their prayer needed to go a little deeper than where it was at? Perhaps any number of other different explanations; however, suffice it to say there was a need for further or deeper prayer in this instance.
      There is a danger in each of our lives that prayer becomes routine and ineffective. It is important to guard against this so that prayer remains the lifeblood of our relationship with Jesus. We will experience ups and downs in prayer but this should not cause us to despair or give up. It should galvanize us into action to put more effort into prayer; to give the Lord quality time in prayer; to work hard to create an environment conducive to prayer. If we do this, our prayer life will grow stronger. If we do not, we will experience it withering away to nothing and that is when the major problems will arise and we will be without the where-with-all to combat them! Fr. Steve T.

REFLECTION QUESTION: Is my prayer life in a healthy position at the moment? What can I do to make my prayer times better and more effective?

Lord Jesus, You demonstrate how important it is to pray as You took time aside in Your ministry to do so. Help me to realize that I need to do the same ? more than You ever did!

St. Barbatus, bishop, pray for us.




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