READINGS for 2007-06-21

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

TO EACH HIS OWN

But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.” I may not be a trained speaker, but I do have knowledge.” – 2 Corinthians 11:5-6

 I would always listen intently and watch in awe each time my favorite speaker, Lou, visits our branch. What’s not to like about her? She’s intelligent, an exceptional lawyer, a gifted evangelist, a prolific writer, a true servant of God. In short, she’s my “idol” (next to Jesus, that is) and I truly admire and respect her.
        In all honesty, I wish it were only all good and positive emotions she evoked in me. There were moments when the Enemy sowed the seeds of envy and insecurity. The devil would craftily whisper how I can never be like her in any way, how I can never even come close to becoming as good a leader, a speaker and a writer as she is.
        Paul’s vote of confidence in being an apostle of Christ reminds me that we all have been blessed by God with knowledge, skills, talents and every good thing we need to fulfill His will for our lives. Just like a sprinter who keeps on looking sideways at his opponents can slow him down and cause him to lose the race, so too can comparing ourselves with others cause us to lose sight of the mission He has set out for us. Dina P.

REFLECTION:
Stop comparing yourself with others. Instead, focus your energies on how you can become more like Jesus.

Lord, give me the grace to appreciate the gifts you have bestowed on me to fulfill Your will in my life. May I forever be thankful for these and use them to bring You glory. Amen.

COMPANION

1st READING

2 Corinthians 11:1-11

Paul did not always accept the board and keep offered to him by the communities he was working with in teaching and discipleship. In this way he could stand apart from them in an objective manner and challenge them to a similar generosity when it comes to their service of the Gospel. It is important that we do not allow the idea that grace can be bought or manipulated by various techniques to enter into our understanding of the Gospel. Yes, the workman deserves his keep; however, we should always offer the Gospel free of charge to others as that is how we have received it.
  
1 If only you would put up with a little foolishness from me! Please put up with me. 2 For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God, since I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts may be corrupted from a sincere [and pure] commitment to Christ. 4 For if someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it well enough. 5 For I think that I am not in any way inferior to these “super apostles.” 6 Even if I am untrained in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; in every way we have made this plain to you in all things. 7 Did I make a mistake when I humbled myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the Gospel of God to you without charge? 8 I plundered other churches by accepting from them in order to minister to you. 9 And when I was with you and in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my needs. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way. 10 By the truth of Christ in me, this boast of mine shall not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. 11 And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

P S A L M

Psalm 111:1-2, 3-4, 7-8

R: Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth.


1 I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart in the company and assembly of the just. 2 Great are the works of the LORD, exquisite in all their delights. (R) 3 Majesty and glory are his work, and his justice endures forever. 4 He has won renown for his wondrous deeds; gracious and merciful is the LORD. (R) 7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; sure are all his precepts, 8 reliable forever and ever, wrought in truth and equity. (R)

G O S P E L

Matthew 6:7-15

Prayer should never become an optional extra for any day of our life. The first priority of our day should be to know when we are going to pray. Without prayer our spirits will be bereft of their necessary sustenance needed to maintain a good relationship with God. Lord, help me to order my life so that I always give you the best attention I possibly can in prayer. Let me never neglect this essential aspect of the Christian life.
  
7 “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread; 12 and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; 13 and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.’ 14 If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

my reflections
think:
Prayer should never become an optional extra for any day of our life.


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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Ecclesiastes 5-8

 

SABBATH

THE NOVICE WHO TEACHES NOVICE MASTERS 

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, confessor, pray for us.

Born in 1568, Italy, Aloysius, whose blessed memory we celebrate today, was from the princely family of Castiglione. He became a page in the court of Medicis and of Philip II of Spain. However, he renounced his inheritance to enter the Society of Jesus and showed great devotion to the Holy Eucharist, interior prayer, and charitable service. Robert Belarmine, another Jesuit and saint, was his spiritual director. While nursing the plague-stricken in 1591, Aloysius contracted the disease and, while still a Jesuit novice, passed away at the young age of 23 years old.
        Aloysius exemplifies for us the inseparable love of God and neighbor. One who professes love of God but does not love his neighbor is a handicapped lover. Real love of either kind is not complete without the other. Aloysius’ love for God found its expression not only in his intense devotion to the Holy Eucharist and to interior prayer, but also and simultaneously in his charitable service to his brethren who were victims of a plague. His charity towards the plague-stricken was such that he himself contracted the disease. He was a novice in the Jesuit order, but was indeed a master in the order of love. Today, even Jesuit novice masters learn from this novice. Fr. Bobby T.

REFLECTION QUESTION: I may have lesser in years, but am I also lesser in love?

I love You, Lord. Let my love for You find its expression not only in pious acts but also in charitable deeds. Help me to see You when I serve my neighbors. Help me to see my neighbors when I see You. Amen.



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