READINGS for 2008-03-07

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



… neither is there any remedy for man’s dying, nor is anyone known to have come back from the nether world. – Wisdom 2:1a
He was a successful movie mogul from the 40s to the 60s. He was also a doctor by profession. So when he saw the results of
his medical tests, he said that it was as if he was reading his death sentence. Despite his wealth, his power and influence, the producer cum doctor could do nothing to prevent death from overtaking him.         I can imagine that many people who are far more powerful, wealthy and influential than him would give all they had just to avoid the inevitable end. But alas, despite all the wealth invested in research and the unprecedented pace of medical and technological advances, no one has ever escaped death.
        No one but Jesus.
        The writer of the book of Wisdom was correct in saying that there is no remedy for death. After all, he wrote that book 100 years before Christ’s time.
        But we who live Anno Domini know that the Remedy has come. All we have to do is receive Him to conquer death. Rissa Singson-Kawpeng
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?.” (1 Corinthians 15:55)
Jesus, You are the Resurrection and the Life!


Nothing good can come out of entertaining sinful thoughts. Even worse is if we go one step further and carry out our evil plans. Men who think of doing evil to righteous people will find that even their best plans will be frustrated. If they do meet with success, it’s at best limited because, ultimately, the Lord protects His own.
Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22
1 The wicked said among themselves, thinking not aright: 12 Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training. 13 He professes to have knowledge of God and styles himself a child of the LORD. 14 To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us, 15 because his life is not like other men’s, and different are his ways. 16 He judges us debased; he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure. He calls blest the destiny of the just and boasts that God is his Father. 17 Let us see whether his words be true; let us find out what will happen to him. 18 For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him and deliver him from the hand of his foes. 19 With revilement and torture let us put him to the test that we may have proof of his gentleness and try his patience. 20 Let us condemn him to a shameful death; for according to his own words, God will take care of him.” 21 These were their thoughts, but they erred; for their wickedness blinded them, 22 and they knew not the hidden counsels of God; neither did they count on a recompense of holiness nor discern the innocent souls’ reward.
Psalm 34: 17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23
R: The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
16 [17] The LORD confronts the evildoers, to destroy remembrance of them from the earth. 17 [18] When the just cry out, the LORD hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them. (R) 18 [19] The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. 19 [20] Many are the troubles of the just man, but out of them all the LORD delivers him. (R) 20 [21] He watches over all his bones; not one of them shall be broken. 22 [23] The LORD redeems the lives of his servants; no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him. (R)
The Jews do not want to allow the ministry of Jesus to continue. They see it as subversive to their own understanding of the faith of their ancestors. This is very unfortunate as it means that most of the leaders of the Jews do not accept the Gospel and thus will influence their flocks along the same path. This is why a leader has a far greater responsibility to ensure that he knows the truth of a matter before presenting it to others.
John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
1 Jesus moved about within Galilee; but he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. 2 But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near. 10 But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret. 25 Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, “Is he not the one they are trying to kill? 26 And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him. Could the authorities have realized that he is the Messiah? 27 But we know where he is from. When the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.” 28 So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true. 29 I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” 30 So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come. 
my reflections
think:A leader has a far greater responsibility to ensure that he knows the truth of a matter before presenting it to others.

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ChoosinG the path of riGhteousness
In many different places, the Scriptures tell us that living a righteous life is not an easy task. We can be sure that there will be all sorts of powers working against us as the devil is always seeking to bring down the righteous person. He wants to discredit, not just the person, but the whole project of living righteously according to the principles of the Kingdom of God.               
        In the First Reading today, we listen to the scheming minds of evil people — maybe it is even the devil himself talking to his minions — making plans to attack the virtuous man. While this may only be a fictional account, it certainly reflects the reality in which we live where there is an ongoing battle in our own lives as to which path we will follow. We wage a daily battle and we need to prepare ourselves so that we will be able to fight the powers of darkness, and embrace the truth of the Gospel as good disciples of Jesus. There is nothing the devil relishes more than someone who is not prepared for the fight. We have thus been warned that we are in a fight and it is a fight for our lives unto death.
        The devil will not fight fairly. He will use any and all of the underhanded tricks and methods he can think of. He will attack us when we are weakest, vulnerable, not ready to face him or when we are preoccupied with other things. He shows no mercy and is not interested in taking prisoners. It is a do or die reality when it comes to fighting the Prince of Darkness. However, by faith we know and believe that we have the victory. Jesus’ death and resurrection has given all who believe in Him the grace and strength to overcome all things in His name. Let us take hold of this truth and live it, particularly when we come under attack and temptation. This is the very reason Jesus came to the world – to end the reign of the devil with his powers of sin and death, and give us a life of grace and redemption. Fr. Steve Tynan
Reflection Question:
How do I deal with temptation in my life? Do I give in and not realize I have the resources in my faith to fight the battle and win it?
Jesus, open my heart and mind to the truth of the victory You offer me through Your cross. Help me to live as Your disciple, following wherever You lead and placing my life under the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs, pray for us.

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