READINGS for 2007-11-07
READY TO BUILD
“Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?” – Luke 14:28
A week before our wedding day, Obet invited me to go on a very special date. He told me it would be grand; the venue surrounded with nature; the paths under the canopy of leaves; and the ambience serene. I was so excited until we arrived at the place. It was the Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City. He consoled me that money was “maximized” for the wedding and our love for each other would transform the place into a romantic spot.
He was correct. The next moments became magical. I knew Obet prepared and prayed for this. With all humility, love and sincerity, he walked me through the darkest areas of his life, things about him that no one had heard before, his deepest fears and his most kept secrets.
Honesty is contagious. I also walked him through my darkest valleys, deepest hurts, unfulfilled dreams. We cried. We embraced. We laughed. We kissed.
We walked hand-in-hand as new persons facing the smiling sunset.
There was much peace within our hearts. We just knew that we were ready to write the new chapter of our life. This time as co-authors. We were ready to build a family of our own. Till death do us part. Joie C.
Decisions that bring us into trouble are the ones we didn’t plan with God.
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true.
St. Paul is also aware of the command to love our neighbor as ourselves. It is in this command that we find one of the fundamental bases of any community. There cannot be favoritism when it comes to love in a community. The command of love is universal and admits no exceptions at all. Paul encourages us to seek to build up debts of love with one another as he is aware that true love will never demand that the debt be repaid. True love is freely offered; it never comes with provisos and conditions.
8 Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments,“You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, namely “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.
P S A L M
Psalm 112:1-2, 4-5, 9
R: Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
1 Blessed the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commands. 2 His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth; the upright generation shall be blessed. (R) 4 He dawns through the darkness, a light for the upright; he is gracious and merciful and just. 5 Well for the man who is gracious and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. (R) 9 Lavishly he gives to the poor; his generosity shall endure forever; his horn shall be exalted in glory. (R)
G O S P E L
Know the cost of something before you set out to buy it on hire purchase; work out how much it is going to cost in the long run with all the interest payments etc. When we give our lives over to God, we never quite know what it is that He will ask of us! We had better be prepared to give all as this is about all we can be sure that He will ask. Jesus was never stingy in His love for us; this ought to tell us that He will ask us to follow His example. Let us be aware that this will be the case when we commit to being disciples.
25 Great crowds were traveling with him, and he turned and addressed them, 26 “If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? 29 Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him 30 and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’ 31 Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? 32 But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms. 33 In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”
think: True love is freely offered; it never comes with provisos and conditions.
Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________
READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Luke 19-20
WORDS FOR A MEANINGFUL LIFE
In our Good News for today, Jesus talks primarily about the way of following him, the way of “discipleship.” Discipleship, however, is to be lived in accordance to each of our state of life… in the context of whatever life, and whatever calling in life one has. The important thing is to live meaningfully. The Gospel underscores the following important words to live by:
WORD 1 = COMMITMENT. The important thing in life is not multiplicity, but priority and focus. There are many good things that we can value – family life with father and mother, family life with brothers and sisters, family life with wife and children, wonderful friendships, challenging and fulfilling tasks. Amongst all these we must make a choice. Notice how we are made: we are structured to embrace one person at a time! Our eyes are trained to look at one thing in one direction at a time. Our ears are made to highlight one sound for hearing at a time.
WORD 2 = PERSEVERANCE. Glory is not in “big” beginnings; it is in finishing up whatever it is we have to do. We may not be the first to reach the finish line, but what matters is to finish the race.
WORD 3 = DELIGHT, NOT DUTY. To really be committed and to be a finisher, we have to have a motivation. The great motivation is not duty, which makes us drag ourselves to the finish. The great and satisfying motivation is delight. The first reading for Year II says: “In everything you do, act without grumbling or arguing” (Philippians 2:12- 18). The first reading for Year I in turn underlines love as the real fulfillment of the law (Romans 13:8-10). Fr. Domie, SSP
REFLECTION QUESTION: Which of the three words for a meaningful life strike you most at this time? Why?
I commit, Lord, to persevere with delight in my commitment to You.
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