READINGS for 2008-02-16

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

 

WiSE iNVESTMENT
 
“He will then raise you high in praise and renown and glory above all the other nations He has made and you will be sacred to the Lord, your God, as He promised.” – Deuteronomy 26:19
 
The financial crisis at the close of the millennium took its toll on our company. Our company closed down and I lost my job. My income was reduced considerably but the costs in our prayer outreach to the provinces were increasing. My retirement money and savings, which were the principal source of the outreach operating funds, was now dwindling. I was bothered but I didn’t fear. For months, we continued with our outreach  activities. I placed my trust in God, calling Him Jehovah-Jireh, my God who supplies.
        Not long after, the foreclosed properties that I used to manage were offered back to me to rehabilitate and operate on a personal capacity. The markets recovered and the operations made money. I had invested money into the Father’s business; now the Father gave back the money many times over.
        Two years after reopening the business, the regional BIR office honored us as the best individual taxpayer in the province! Rolly España
 
REFLECTION:
“My God will fully supply whatever you need according to His riches and glory.” (Philippians 4:19)
 
Heavenly Father, You are the God who does not fail to supply our needs!
 
COMPANION

 

1st READING
 
We have a covenant relationship with God as expressed in the Sacrament of Baptism where we are marked forever with the seal of the Lord — marked as His own possession. The Sacrament of the Eucharist also celebrates this covenant in that it is the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, remembered and made present in the Eucharist that is the basis of the covenant of love God has made with us, His people. Covenants are all about reciprocal commitments. We know God’s commitment to us will not waver. What about our commitment to Him?
 
Deuteronomy 26:16-19
16 “This day the LORD, your God, commands you to observe these statutes and decrees. Be careful, then, to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. 17 Today you are making this agreement with the LORD he is to be your God and you are to walk in his ways and observe his statutes, commandments and decrees, and to hearken to his voice. 18 And today the LORD is making this agreement with you: you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you; and provided you keep all his commandments, 19 he will then raise you high in praise and renown and glory above all other nations he has made, and you will be a people sacred to the LORD, your God, as he promised.”
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
R: Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
1 Blessed are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD. 2 Blessed are they who observe his decrees, who seek him with all their heart. (R) 4 You have commanded that your precepts be diligently kept. 5 Oh, that I might be firm in the ways of keeping your statutes! (R) 7 I will give you thanks with an upright heart, when I have learned your just ordinances. 8 I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me. (R)
 
G O S P E L
 
We are called to live a perfect life in imitation of Christ and as a witness to the world. This is no easy task but it must be possible or else God would not place it before us as His will. It is a lifelong task that will require our constant attention and effort. However, in the common parlance of today’s generation, the benefits are simply “out of this world!” If you believe this, you will have no problem in giving your life over to the pursuit of perfection in Christ.
 
Matthew 5:43-48
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? 48 So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
 
my reflections
think:We know God’s commitment to us will not waiver. What about our commitment to Him?
 
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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 Ephesians 1-3
 
 
SABBATH

 

love your eneMy
 
One time, I asked a group of church workers in my parish what for them is the most difficult command of Jesus. The response was almost unanimous — it is about Jesus’ teaching on loving one’s enemies. Who of us do not really have a hard time living out this very difficult precept?
        It is hard to do, perhaps, for several reasons. Once we are hurt we focus on the pain that we are nursing inside. This sometimes makes it difficult to see beyond the self. So we lick our wounds and engage in self-pity.
        Another reason also is our desire to get even. We sometimes feel that unless our enemies suffer just as we have suffered, we won’t really be at peace. So we engage in different tactics just so we can exact vengeance.
        But allowing ourselves to hate our enemy will only prove one thing—that the enemy is already taking control of our life. Hence, even our most private moments are invaded by the thought of them. And when it happens we are physically affected—just the thought of our enemies makes our heart beat faster or we lose our good mood. I know of people who, while lying in bed getting ready to sleep at night, suddenly think of an enemy. As quickly as the unexpected thought comes, his fist clenches and he gnashes his teeth. What a way to spend the night before sleeping.
        Jesus offers an excellent solution in today’s gospel: instead of hating them, love them, pray for them in all humility. Once you are able to lift them up to God, you know that you can never remain that person’s enemy. You cannot go on hating a person in the presence of God. Hence, when you pray for your enemy, the resentment in you dies. And once this happens, your attitude towards the enemy changes. And even if the thought of him comes, you’llnever be agitated. Fr. Sandy Enhaynes
 
Reflection Question:
Can you sincerely love your enemy?
 
Jesus, Your commandment to love our enemies is difficult but doable by Your grace. Pour upon us all the good we need and enable us to accept and love those who offend us.
 
St. Onesimus, martyr, pray for us.
 



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