READINGS for 2007-07-24

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

HOW TO SELL A MILLION BOOKS

“When the water was thus divided, the Israelites marched into the midst of the sea on dry land ...”  – Exodus 14:21-22

“The last thing the world needs is another self improvement manual.This was what the publishers told Andrew Matthews, an Australian author, when he took the manuscript of his first book “Being Happy”. No publisher wanted his book. For one and a half years, all he got were rejections and sarcastic remarks until he found Media Masters, a publisher in Singapore.

Media Masters told him that the book market is extremely competitive and that the media have little interest in unknown authors.

They developed a strategy to get the people’s attention and penetrate the local market. The strategy worked and the book hit the bestseller list. Then they took the book to the international market.

When people asked Andrew, “What did you do to sell a million books?” His reply was, “I flew a million miles, gave five hundr ed speeches, a thousand interviews – and lost  my baggage 23 times!” There are times when we are in difficult situations and we see no way out. But we need not lose hope for God can open up a way for us. Judith C.

REFLECTION:

What Red Sea do you need God to part for you?

Thank You, Lord, for making the impossible possible.

 

COMPANION

1st READING

Exodus 14:21—15:1

The Egyptian army is destroyed as the sea rolls back in. What a glorious day it must have been for the Israelites fleeing from their captors and enslavers for the past couple of centuries. They will never forget this event for as long as their nation has a public consciousness. The same is true for Christians regarding the death of Jesus on the cross; the deliverance of humanity not just from an earthly captor but from all of the powers of sin.

21 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD swept the sea with a strong east wind throughout the night and so turned it into dry land. When the water was thus divided, 22 the Israelites marched into the midst of the sea on dry land, with the water like a wall to their right and to their left. 23 The Egyptians followed in pursuit; all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and charioteers went after them right into the midst of the sea. 24 In the night watch just before dawn the LORD cast through the column of the fiery cloud upon the Egyptian force a glance that threw it into a panic; 25 and he so clogged their chariot wheels that they could hardly drive. With that the Egyptians sounded the retreat before Israel, because the LORD was fighting for them against the Egyptians. 26 Then the LORD told Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may flow back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and their charioteers.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea flowed back to its normal depth. The Egyptians were fleeing head on toward the sea, when the LORD hurled them into its midst. 28 As the water flowed back, it covered the chariots and the charioteers of Pharaoh’s whole army which had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not a single one of them escaped. 29 But the Israelites had marched on dry land through the midst of the sea, with the water like a wall to their right and to their left. 30 Thus the LORD saved Israel on that day from the power of the Egyptians. When Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the seashore 31 and beheld the great power that the LORD had shown against the Egyptians, they feared the LORD and believed in him and in his servant Moses. 15: 1 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: “I will sing to the LORD, for he is gloriously triumphant; horse and chariot he has cast into the sea.”

P S A L M

Exodus 15:8-9, 10, 12, 17

R: Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory.

8 At a breath of your anger the waters piled up, the flowing waters stood like a mound, the flood waters congealed in the midst of the sea. 9 The enemy boasted, “I will pursue and overtake them; I will divide the spoils and have my fill of them; I will draw my sword; my hand shall despoil them!” (R) 10 When your wind blew, the sea covered them; like lead they sank in the mighty waters. 12 When you stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them! (R) 17 And you brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your inheritance — the place where you made your seat, O LORD, the sanctuary, O LORD, which your hands established. (R)

G O S P E L

Matthew 12:46-50

Discipleship is what faith is all about when we consider the practical implications of it. Jesus calls us to obedience to His Father’s will, just as He is obedient to it unto death. Here we discover what it means to love God in that love leads to service and obedience to God’s will. We cannot avoid this obedience if we are going to truly grow in our ability to reflect the image of God in our lives.

46 While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers appeared outside, wishing to speak with him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak with you.” 48 But he said in reply to the one who told him, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

my reflections

think: Love leads to service and obedience to God’s will.

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God’s special verse/thought for me today________________

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T O D A Y ’ S BLESSING LIST

Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________

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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Isaiah 34-36 

SABBATH

A SPIRITUAL KINSHIP WITH JESUS

 

 “God became man so that man might become God.” This very terse summary  of the mystery of the Incarnation highlights the great “exchange gift” between us and God. In a similar vein, Nil Guillemette comments on today’s Gospel passage: “If Jesus was born of a mother and entered a human family, it was so that every man might enter the spiritual family whose Father is God.”

Of course, it isn’t something automatic. The key to it all is doing God’s will. In fact Jesus stated it clearly, “Whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is brother and sister and mother to Me.” From the incident narrated in the Gospel passage, it seems as if Jesus “snubbed” His very own relatives. Even if it were so, it only goes to show how our Lord emphasized the far greater importance of spiritual kinship, more than mere blood relations. And to think that this is a possibility being extended and opened to us today! If we Filipinos are so fond of flaunting to others our “connections” with those who are well known or who occupy certain important positions, what more now if we have the possibility of entering Jesus’ “inner circle”? It is no exclusive family or club, anyway. It is rather an all-embracing community, which always welcomes indeed “whoever does the will of [the] heavenly Father.” Fr. Martin M.

REFLECTION QUESTION: Do we recognize our powerful connection with Jesus?

I’m sorry, Lord, if I take You too often for granted, failing to recognize Your Lordship.

Blessed Maria Pilar Martinez Garcia & Companions, nun, pray for us.




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