READINGS for 2007-11-12
WE WILL NEVER KNOW
“Things that cause sin will inevitably occur...” – Luke 17:1
Life is a series of attitudes and relationships.
It is a learning process.
As we grow each passing year, we learn a lesson or two. We mellow down through the years.
Personally, as I grew older, one of the things that I learned about life is the inevitability of death. That’s why, as much as possible, I’m very careful with my words as I don’t want to hurt people.
I’m afraid that if I hurt them, I might not have the chance to say sorry as we will never know when our time to go back home will be.
So, let this be our lesson not just for today but for a lifetime: Speak and write only words that are pleasing to God. Henry Y.
How many times have I hurt people through my words?
Lord, guide and censor my mouth that I may only say words that are pleasing to You.
Even though the Book of Wisdom was written more than 200 years ago, the contents are just as relevant today as they were then. There are some things that never change and the ultimate content of this Book, wisdom and the life of virtue, are timeless. We would do well to study this book often and see what we can draw from it to help us grow in holiness. Let us choose the life of virtue over that of vice and thus be an example to others worth following.
1 Love justice, you who judge the earth; think of the LORD in goodness, and seek him in integrity of heart; 2 because he is found by those who test him not, and he manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve him. 3 For perverse counsels separate a man from God, and his power, put to the proof, rebukes the foolhardy; 4 because into a soul that plots evil wisdom enters not, nor dwells she in a body under debt of sin. 5 For the holy spirit of discipline flees deceit and withdraws from senseless counsels; and when injustice occurs it is rebuked. 6 For wisdom is a kindly spirit, yet she acquits not the blasphemer of his guilty lips; because God is the witness of his inmost self and the sure observer of his heart and the listener to his tongue. 7 For the spirit of the LORD fills the world, is all-embracing, and knows what man says.
P S A L M
Psalm 139:1-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10
R: Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
1 O LORD, you have probed me and you know me; 2 you know when I sit and when I stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. 3 My journeys and my rest you scrutinize, with all my ways you are familiar. (R) 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know the whole of it. 5 Behind me and before, you hem me in and rest your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; too lofty for me to attain. (R) 7 Where can I go from your spirit? From your presence where can I flee? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I sink to the nether world, you are present there. (R) 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall guide me, and your right hand hold me fast. (R)
G O S P E L
Once again we are warned against setting a bad example for others. Jesus makes it abundantly clear that this is one of the worst things we can do, especially if we are leading astray those who are the weaker members of society. If we are in doubt about the morality of a particular act, then we should refrain from doing it. Discretion is the wiser course of action here. Let us seek to be virtuous in all that we do in order not to lead anyone else astray.
1 He said to his disciples, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the person through whom they occur. 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 3 Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.” 5 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” 6 The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
think: Let us seek to be virtuous in all that we do in order not to lead anyone else astray.
Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________
READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR John 6-7
TRUE FAITH IS PERSONAL, BUT NOT INDIVIDUALISTIC
Our Gospel lesson ends with a verse that alludes to the importance of having Faith, even if this Faith is the size of a mustard seed. We note here the “love to the fullest” that God has for us. He accommodates our littleness! He meets us in our littleness! He acts despite our little faith.
As we meditate deeper on the words of the Gospel, we learn that Living Faith, though, is not a matter of simply having an individualized relationship with God. It cannot but reach out to embrace others…
LIVING FAITH EDIFIES . The true disciple must be one who does not only build up himself and his relationship with God. He must also build up the faith of others. If not, Jesus teaches that it is far better for a man who is the source of the scandal of faith of others to have a millstone tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea!
LIVING FAITH EVANGELIZES . The true believer is not simply content about being holy by avoiding sin and occasions of sin. Jesus says: If the believer encounters a brother who did wrong, it is his duty to correct the mistake… it is his duty to proclaim the truth… with a gentle and reconciling spirit.
LIVING FAITH EXALTS GOD . The true believer witnesses to the power of God… that with God there is nothing impossible. He proclaims this by the way he calmly and confidently faces life’s demands and challenges. Fr. Domie, SSP
REFLECTION QUESTION: In what ways do you practice a faith that “edifies”? In what ways do you practice a faith that “evangelizes”? At work, in school, at home or among friends, in what ways do you “exalt” God?
May I truly live a life of living faith.
St. Ymar, martyr and monk, pray for us.
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