READINGS for 2007-06-22

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



treasures... – Matthew 6:21

Something from an audio book by Jim Rohn made an impact on me. He said, “Ask the right questions — and you improve the quality of your life!” In today’s Gospel (Matthew 6:21), I ask, “What are these treasures in heaven? Are they heavenly points? Good graces with ‘Big Brother?’ Knowledge of the Bible?” I’m sure that it’s intangible.
      Or is it?
      Looking back, I realized that my early involvement in my Christian community enabled me to know what these treasures are.
      They’re the people whom I’ve touched and somehow brought closer to God. It was the reason why I studied every week – even when there was no exam approaching – so I could participate in all the choir practices, prayer meetings, core group meetings plus all the gimmicks. It was to give time to anybody in need of a listening ear. Jomar H.

How about you, what takes up most of your time? What is your treasure?

Teach me to plant my roots in things that matter and are significant, Lord.



2 Corinthians 11:18, 21-30

Paul’s list of sufferings and trials is impressive. I am pretty sure that there are probably others that he has not even bothered to include here. If a servant as great as Paul suffered for his faith, then I think that we can be reasonably sure that there will be some sort of suffering in our lives as well. The trick is to see that suffering can be redemptive if we embrace it with the intention to unite ourselves with the suffering Christ on the cross. In this way we grow in deeper love of Christ through suffering as well as see its value for the proclamation of the Kingdom.
18 Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. 21 To my shame I say that we were too weak! But what anyone dares to boast of (I am speaking in foolishness) I also dare. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. 23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I am talking like an insane person.) I am still more, with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, far worse beatings, and numerous brushes with death. 24 Five times at the hands of the Jews I received forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I passed a night and a day on the deep; 26 on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own race, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights, through hunger and thirst, through frequent fasting, through cold and exposure. 28 And apart from these things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led to sin, and I am not indignant? 30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

P S A L M 

Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R: From all their distress God rescues the just.

1 [2] I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. 2 [3] Let my soul glory in the LORD; the lowly will hear me and be glad. (R) 3 [4] Glorify the LORD with me, let us together extol his name. 4 [5] I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. (R) 5 [6] Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. 6 [7] When the poor one called out, the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved him. (R)


Matthew 6:19-23

Jesus encourages us to make our lives count in the wider scheme of things. This means giving over our time and efforts to good works. That will mean we are storing up blessings for ourselves in heaven and not here on earth. While there is nothing wrong per se with earthly blessings, they are of far less value than heavenly ones, as they will not carry over in any way into eternal life. Eternal life is where we are going to spend all (bar the next few years) of eternity, so it makes sense for our focus to be there rather than here.
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. 22 The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”
my reflections
Suffering can be redemptive if we embrace it with the intention to unite ourselves with the suffering Christ on the cross.



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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Ecclesiastes 9-12




Bishop Felix Perez was the former bishop of the Diocese of Imus, Cavite. He immediately preceded Bp. Emmanuel Sobrevias and, the current Local Ordinary, Bp. Antonio Luis Tagle.
      Bp. Perez’s passing away was rather untimely. As far as I can recall, he was just found dead in his room one day. He must have succumbed to a heart attack.
When his belongings were collected from the bishop’s residence, it was said that those who did the collecting found nothing that belonged to the good and holy bishop except his clothes, a few books, and some personal effects. To the surprise of many, they discovered that the bishop had practically nothing in his name. He did not even have a bank account. In his wallet, he had nothing but ten pesos. “Ten pesos was all that he had?” many asked in disbelief. But still many easily believed that ten pesos was all that Bp. Perez had because, no doubt, Bp. Perez lived very simply when he was still around.
      But ten pesos was not all that the simple and holy bishop had. He had more than a zillion pesos. He had Jesus. Anyone who came to know him personally easily saw where Bp. Perez’s heart was. Jesus was not only his treasure; He was his only treasure. His genteel disposition, simple lifestyle, and love for the poor also showed that Bp. Perez was Jesus’ priceless treasure. Ten pesos left in his wallet, and nothing more in his name, was all that he left behind because even that he did not need. His heart belonged to Jesus and Jesus belonged to his heart. Fr. Bobby T.

REFLECTION QUESTION: What is in my wallet and what is in my heart?

Lord Jesus, I pray that I may always have You in my heart. But I pray even more that my heart be in You. May You always be my only treasure and may I be worthy enough to be Your priceless treasure, too. Amen.

St. Paulinus of Nola and St. Thomas More, bishop confessor and martyr, pray for us.

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