READINGS for 2007-06-12

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“...if salt loses its taste...” – Matthew 5:13

I remember Dr. Juan Flavier saying, “Let’s DOH it” in that popular TV ad when he was still the secretary at the Department of Health.
      That particular ad has stuck in my mind until now. Not only was it made funny by Dr. Flavier, its catch phrase was... well... catchy!
     It always made me think of the proverbial saying, “Practice what you preach.” Indeed, we should do what we say in order for people to believe in us. In short, if you’ve promised it, then do it. Not practicing what you preach would be like picking up a packet of salt from the grocery shelf, only to find that when you use it in your food, it had been mislabeled — it’s not salt at all but sugar!
      Give honor to your words. We should set good examples for others as the “salt and light” for all the mankind. Henry Y.

How many times have I broken my promise by failing to do what I said?

Lord, help me remember to do the things that I’m supposed to do according to Your will.



2 Corinthians 1:18-22

Our witness as disciples of Jesus must be unequivocal; we cannot afford to send mixed messages to a world that is already very ambivalent towards faith in Christ! Paul makes it clear to the Corinthian community that this is what he expects of them – if they do not want to live the life of a Christian then, do not start to walk down that path. To be Christian means to follow Christ, no matter where He may lead us.
18 As God is faithful, our word to you is not “yes” and “no.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us, Silvanus and Timothy and me, was not “yes” and “no,” but “yes” has been in him. 20 For however many are the promises of God, their Yes is in him; therefore, the Amen from us also goes through him to God for glory. 21 But the one who gives us security with you in Christ and who anointed us is God; 22 he has also put his seal upon us and given the Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.


Psalm 119:129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135

R: Lord, let your face shine on me.

129 Wonderful are your decrees; therefore I observe them. (R) 130 The revelation of your words sheds light, gives understanding to the simple. (R) 131 I gasp with open mouth in my yearning for your commands. (R) 132 Turn to me in pity as you turn to those who love your name. (R) 133 Steady my footsteps according to your promise, and let no iniquity rule over me. (R) 135 Let your countenance shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes. (R)


Matthew 5:13-16

Our faith is that aspect of our lives that gives Christians a different focus from the rest of the world. Christ as historical figure is unique and so we His followers ought to be living lives that are equally unique when it comes to a comparison with the rest of the great religious faiths. Yes, there are some that are closer to our beliefs than others; however, the uniqueness of our faith comes from our desire to imitate Christ in our lives to the best of our ability.
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. 16 Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
my reflections
T be a Christian means to follow Christ, no matter where He may lead us.



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One day a catechist started teaching his students. His lesson plan said that he was to teach them about Jesus that day. He began by saying, “Today, I want you to meet Someone you all should get to know. He loves you more than you know. He is always smiling at you and wants only the best for you. He is kind, generous, and forgiving. He is very thoughtful and is always concerned about how He can be of any help to you.”
      As the catechist continued his introduction of the day’s lesson, a little boy could hardly contain himself in his seat. Just before the catechist mentioned the name of Jesus, the little boy excitedly raised his hand and shouted, “I know who he is! He lives next to our house across the river. He is our neighbor, Mr. de la Cruz!”
      O, how I envy Mr. de la Cruz! But envy him, I should not. I should rather emulate him. He indeed served as light that shone across that river. He was what it means to be the kind of Christian Jesus wants us all to be.
       When we introduce Jesus to those who do not know Him yet, we cannot convince them that we know Him unless they see Him in us. This is perhaps what Mohandas K. Gandhi meant when he gave this comment: “I believe in Christ but not in you, Christians.
If you were like Him, I would have been a Christian myself.” Fr. Bobby T.

REFLECTION QUESTION: Have I led anyone closer to or away from Christ?

Jesus, Light of the world, enlighten my life. Where there is darkness, let me bring Your light by allowing You to shine through me. Let all the light be Yours, not mine. And like salt, help me preserve the world from the corruption of sin. May my authentic Christian witnessing give flavor in the life of everyone I meet. Amen.

St. John of Sahagun, confessor, pray for us.

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