READINGS for 2007-03-22

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But Moses implored the Lord... – Exodus 32:11

When my lola mentions my mother to me, she often says, “Your mother, ang nanay mo,” then I would reply, “Ah…you mean, your daughter? Anak niyo ?” And she would laugh.
Meanwhile, my mother always says, “Well, you know your father….” Of course you know what I would say. “Ah, do you mean, your beloved husband?” When in a good mood, my mother would just play along.
You see, what I try to do is tell them that our speech has been honed to blame-shift. “It’s not my fault; that person and his actions are your responsibility.”
On the contrary, we would do well to just admit that we’re part of the problem (or the beauty) of the person. Moses did this as he took command responsibility for the actions of his people. They did deserve punishment but instead of waiting for the wrath of God to destroy them, he used his authority correctly and punished them himself. He stood as their leader and in punishing them, punished himself, too.
Do we recognize and exercise that same love and authority? Jomar H.

Are you like Moses?

Teach me, Lord, to be like Moses in leadership and authority and love.



Exodus 32:7-14

Moses is one of the greatest intercessors of the Scriptures. The amount of punishment that God relents from doing at the intercession of Moses is enormous. Moses demonstrates to us that this is one of the essential characteristics of a true leader – being able to stand in the breach and intercede for his people in a time of need. All leaders ought to pray for the grace to be constantly on their knees and praying for their charges–– praying that the grace of God be at work in their lives to make them holy and true to Him.

7 The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once to your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, for they have become depraved. 8 They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them, making for themselves a molten calf and worshipping it, sacrificing to it and crying out, ‘This is your God, O Israel, who brought you out of the land of Egypt!’ 9 I see how stiff-necked this people is,” continued the LORD to Moses. 10 “Let me alone, then, that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them. Then I will make of you a great nation.” 11 But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying, “Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with such great power and with so strong a hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent he brought them out, that he might kill them in the mountains and exterminate them from the face of the earth’? Let your blazing wrath die down; relent in punishing your people. 13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, and how you swore to them by your own self, saying, ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky; and all this land that I promised, I will give your descendants as their perpetual heritage.’” 14 So the LORD relented in the punishment he had threatened to inflict on his people.


Psalm 106: 19-20, 21-22, 23

R: Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

19 Our fathers made a calf in Horeb and adored a molten image; 20 they exchanged their glory for the image of a grass-eating bullock. (R) 21 They forgot the God who had saved them, who had done great deeds in Egypt, 22 wondrous deeds in the land of Ham, terrible things at the Red Sea. (R) 23 Then he spoke of exterminating them, but Moses, his chosen one, withstood him in the breach to turn back his destructive wrath.


John 5:31-47

There are many aids God has given us to draw us to Himself. He has given us His word in the Scriptures. He has sent men and women to proclaim His love and mercy and to be living examples of what it means to be His disciple. He has intervened in the lives of His people so many times that we cannot remember them all. He has sent His own Son as our redeemer. The last of these is by far the greatest – the one to which those prior to Jesus hoped for and the one out of which all those after Jesus is derived.

31 “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony cannot be verified. 32 But there is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true. 33 You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. 34 I do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may be saved. 35 He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. 36 But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. 37 Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 and you do not have his word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent. 39 You search the scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf. 40 But you do not want to come to me to have life. 41 I do not accept human praise; 42 moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you. 43 I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me; yet if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father: the one who will accuse you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope. 46 For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

my reflections
All leaders ought to pray for the grace to be constantly on their knees and praying for their charges.



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Saint Chad

Saint Chad was born around 620 in Northumbria, England. He served as a missionary monk in Ireland before his ordinance as priest in 653. His brother Saint Cedd became Abbot of Lastingham, which Chad succeeded after his brother s death in 664.

The year after, the Abbot of Ripon, Saint Wilfrid, was hailed Bishop of Lindisfarne. The man left for Gaul for his consecration and was gone for long. As a result, King Oswiu declared the see vacant and put Chad as bishop of York. When Wilfrid returned in 666, the Archbishop of Canterbury declared that Chad s Episcopal was invalid so he must give the diocese back to Wilfrid. Chad replied by saying that he actually felt unworthy of the position but simply followed in obedience, thus he would whole-heartedly surrender it in obedience. The Archbishop was astonished by the Chad s humility so he consecrated the man and appointed him bishop of the Mercians in 669.

In service, Chad founded monasteries and built a Cathedral, preached and evangelized people, and reformed monastic life. It was also reported that miracle cures took place at the wells he had dug for the relief of travellers.

According to a legend, two of the King s sons were hunting when they were led to the saint s oratory. They saw the old man praying fervently, that they too knelt, asked for his blessing and were converted in faith. The pagan King was furious.

He killed his sons and searched for Saint Chad. When he reached the bishop's cell, a great light shone through. This made him leave and abandon his plan for revenge.

Saint Chad died on March 2, 672 at Lichfield, England.

Saint Eutychius

Eutychius or Eustathius was born during the eighth century. He and a number of Christians refused to renounce Jesus Christ. As a result, they were martyred by the Islamic at Carrhes, Mesopotamia.



Have you tried watching TV programs showing some supposed evangelists throwing cheap shots at Catholicism? I have to admit that I watch shows like that for one reason—to test myself on whether I am capable of defending my faith in the particular issues that such shows raise against Catholicism. I’m proud to say that since I have started watching their shows they have not really raised issues which made me cower in defeat.
While I am not claiming that the Catholic Church has a monopoly of truth, it is sometimes pretty obvious that some of these tele-evangelists read the scriptures with a shut mind. As William Barclay puts it, “They read it not to search for God but to find arguments to support their own positions.” And this is precisely the issue that Jesus is taking against the Jews of his time.
A lot of things have been written about Christ but the Jews would just refuse to see what the Scriptures are really saying. They read the Scriptures but understand what they want to understand. They already have their own ideas of God. So when the Scriptures are actually revealing to them Jesus and he does not fit into the mould that they themselves have made about who God is, they simply dismiss Him.
This is a danger that a lot of us need to be more careful of. It is really possible to read the Bible and not fully grasp its meaning because of our pre-conceived notions. It is also possible to go to the bible not because we want to be enlightened but because we simply wish to justify some notions that we ourselves have made. Fr. Sandy V. E.

REFLECTION QUESTION: Are you open to the Truth?

Guard my thoughts against lies. You are the Way, the Truth, the Life.

St. Deogratias, bishop, pray for us.

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