READINGS for 2008-02-12
WHEN WE SAY NOTHiNg
“In praying, do not babble… your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” – Matthew 6:7-8
It felt like my heart was about to explode any moment. The thoughts were racing inside my head, knots increasingly tightening in my stomach, and my shoulders becoming stiff as boulders. Tears were welling up in my eyes.
There were just too many things to do. Where do I begin? I needed to unburden myself of all of the fears, anxieties, questions, doubts.
By God’s grace, I was able to pause and find the time to pray.
I looked up, felt the wind around me, much like His embrace, and began.
But there were no words. None seemed to fit. Not a single one worth an utterance.
I couldn’t bring myself to say one word — yet felt there were so many that had to be spoken.
At that moment, in my loss and desperation, I could only close my eyes, and sigh from my depths.
Just a sigh. Nothing more. “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
And not so suddenly, like a gentle, comforting breeze, peace came. Lallaine Gogna
Do words bring me deeper into God’s presence? Or hinder me from truly encountering Him?
You are the Peace that guards my heart, Lord. Thank You that You are Father who knows me through and through. And words are not necessary for me to come to You.
The Word of God has power that we rarely exploit. We all have access to the Scriptures, but do we read and study them regularly? If we had a million dollars I am sure we would use it on a regular basis and buy things and support various causes. Why do we not do the same thing with the Scriptures when the fruit of reading and studying them is eternal life and not just the passing pleasures of the world?
10 Thus says the Lord: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to him who sows and bread to him who eats, 11 so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.
P S A L M
Psalm 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19
R: From all their distress God rescues the just.
3  Glorify the LORD with me, let us together extol his name. 4  I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. (R) 5  Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. 6  When the poor one called out, the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved him. (R) 15  The LORD has eyes for the just, and ears for their cry. 16  The LORD confronts the evildoers, to destroy remembrance of them from the earth. (R) 17  When the just cry out, the LORD hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them. 18  The LORD is close to thebrokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. (R)
G O S P E L
Daily prayer is the partner of daily study of the Scriptures. Prayer is the means by which we maintain our relationship with God. If you want to know how to pray, look at the way you relate with your closest friend and relate in the same way with God. Of course, you will have to adjust some things a little but the basis of any human relationship will also be essential to your relationship with God.
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.”
think: If we had a million dollars I am sure we would use it on a regular basis and buy things and support various causes. Why do we not do the same thing with the Scriptures when the fruit of reading and studying them is eternal life and not just the passing pleasures of the world?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 2 Corinthians 5-8
forGive as God has forGiven you
Most of us struggle to forgive. How can we forgive when there is still so much pain and hurt in us? Confronted with the challenge to forgive, some of us say, “Di ko pa kaya, masakit pa,” clearly equating forgiveness with the cessation of pain. We think we can forgive only if the pain has already subsided.
Others find it especially most difficult to forgive when they see that the ones who have offended them show no remorse. “Paano ko patatawarin e ni hindi man lamang makapagpakita na nagsisisi.” That makes the question of forgiveness something really difficult to do. Equating our capacity to forgive on the offender’s capacity for remorse veers us away from Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness.
There are even those who just decide to simply dismiss people or regard those who have offended them as if they don’t exist.They hold on to the dictum that if they give the offender another chance by forgiving him, they would just expose themselves to another possibility that they would be hurt again. So, they say, “Yun na ang pinakamabuting gawin, kesa masaktan pa niya ako muli” believing that such set-up excuses them from forgiving.
But that is not the way with Christians. We forgive because we know that we, too, need forgiveness. And that the only way to receive forgiveness is by giving it to those who have offended us. Jesus says in today’s Gospel, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Mt. 6:14-15).”
We know that before God we are like anyone else—in need of God’s mercy. The Father’s forgiveness should be our aim. And that should also motivate us in doing the same for others. Fr. Sandy Enhaynes
Do you delay in forgiving others?
Merciful Lord, Your forgiveness of our sins ought to move us to do the same for those who hurt us. Soften our hearts against our offenders that we may sincerely forgive from the heart.
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