READINGS for 2008-03-28
OUR WAYS, HiS WAYS
... that night they caught nothing. When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore. – John 21:3, 4
She had never experienced this before. For several months, her business had only a trickling of clients. Not enough even to pay the basic bills. She wanted her jobless husband to get a job. But he was recovering from a past illness.
She prayed. No answer. She prayed again. Still nothing. Just like Peter and his friends in today’s Gospel who caught nothing that night.
But one day, after copious tears, she told the Lord, “I surrender!” It was at that point when she saw “Jesus standing on the shore” of deliverance.
She realized that on her own, she couldn’t make it. When she let the power of God move, everything else changed. She sowed financially, and she reaped financially. Very recently, her husband got a job — even when he was over 50 years old!
Oftentimes, we are like this friend of mine. We try to solve our problems using our own ways, only to go farther into the sea of problems. The Bible says faith should “rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5). Danny Tariman
Are you holding on to your problem by trying to resolve it your way?
Dear Jesus, strengthen my faith in You, to let go of my own ways, and let Your power work in me.
Peter refuses to remain silent because there is something within him saying that the truth must be proclaimed regardless of the consequences. Peter has had the advantage of being an eyewitness to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and thus has some authority in this matter. It should not take much to convince us that we, too, must be willing to use every opportunity we get to proclaim the Gospel to all.
1 While Peter and John were still speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple guard, and the Sadducees confronted them, 2 disturbed that they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They laid hands on them and put them in custody until the next day, since it was already evening. 4 But many of those who heard the word came to believe and [the] number of men grew to [about] five thousand. 5 On the next day, their leaders, elders, and scribes were assembled in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly class. 7 They brought them into their presence and questioned them, “By what power or by what name have you done this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the holy Spirit, answered them, “Leaders of the people and elders: 9 If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved, 10 then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed. 11 He is ‘the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.’ 12 There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”
P S A L M
Psalm 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27a
R: The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever. 2 Let the house of Israel say, “His mercy endures forever.” 4 Let those who fear the LORD say, “His mercy endures forever.” (R) 22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes. 24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it. (R) 25 O LORD, grant salvation! O LORD, grant prosperity! 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD; we bless you from the house of the LORD. 27 The LORD is God, and he has given us light. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus encounters His disciples in the most natural of situations – gathering and preparing food for a meal. Everyone shares in this daily task. In meeting His disciples in this way, Jesus affirms that He is still one of them – yes, it is the same Jesus whom they have known and lived with over the last three or so years. From other appearances we will discover that Jesus is also different, in a resurrected form that can walk through walls. Today we reflect upon the fact that Jesus is still one of us in a very real way.
1 Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. 2 Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will come with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” 6 So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. 7 So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish. 9 When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead.
think:Today we reflect upon the fact that Jesus is still one of us in a very real way.
Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________
READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Exodus16-18
SAGETTING TO KNOW THE SAINTS
Saint ruPert of SaLzburG
The young Rupert was known for his asuterity, charity, learning, and extraordinary virtues, such that, people from distant provinces sought him to receive his advice. Rupert, not only removed the people’s doubts and worries, but he also provided comfort for the afflicted, cure for the sick, and hope for the “disordered” souls. This led him to become bishop of Worms in Germany. As bishop, he began his missionary works in southern Bavaria and Austria. He brought people of nobility and great power to Christianity. One of them was Duke Thodo of Bavaria who was not a Christian, but became one because of the bishop’s sermons.
Instead of burning down pagan temples, Saint Rupert used them for Christian activities. This led the temples at Regensburg and Altotting to be altered for Christian services.
Rupert continued his mission up to southern Danube. People were healed from diseases by prayer and many were converted in faith. He chose the old and neglected town of Juvavum for his bishopric. The town was restored and was named Salzburg or Salt Fortress. With the help of Saints Virgilius, Chuniald and Gislar, Rupert founded Saint Peter’s Church and monastery.
Saint Rupert, the considered Apostle of Bavaria and Austria, died on the Easter of March 27, c. 710/717 in Salzburg, Austria.
Saint John cLimacuS
John, the disciple of Saint Gregory Nazianzen, was born in Palestine in the seventh century. At 16, he joined a monastery on Mount Sinai. Then for 40 years, he lived by himself, praying and reading the lives of saints.
In the beginning, John was tempted by the devil. He felt all sorts of bad desires, probing him to give in and sin. But John prayed harder and put his trust in God until the man grew holier and closer to God. People came to seek for his advice.
The Lord then blessed John with the gift of being able to bring peace to people who were upset and tempted. Once a man asked for the saint’s help in resisting a temptation he could not bear. After the two prayed together, the man experienced an unexplainable peace.
At 74, John was chosen abbot of Mount Sinai, serving as superior of all monks and hermits in the country. He was asked to write the rules he followed so all monks could follow his ways. In response, John humbly wrote the book called The Ladder of Perfection or The Climax of Perfection.
Saint John Climacus died in 649.
it is the lord
I wonder how many times in our lives we come to realize that it is the Lord who has just accomplished something significant? I doubt if it is as often as it should be. There are at least two possible reasons for this. The first is that we are just very bad at recognizing the hand of God at work in our lives. The second is that there is very little for us to recognize because we do not give God the opportunity to work in our lives. If it is the second reason that is relevant to your life, then that is a big problem, but a problem you have the power to address. I know from personal experience that there are times in my life when I am reluctant to surrender myself to the Holy Spirit, mostly because I am unsure of what the Spirit will do with me or will ask me to do something I do not want to do.
This is one of the challenges of a disciple of Jesus. Are we willing to trust that what God wants for us is always the best thing for us? Are we willing to trust that whatever God asks us to do for Him, He will provide the means for us to accomplish that task? When I read the lives of the saints, I discover men and women like myself who were often reluctant to surrender their lives to God, but when they decided to do so became the channels for extraordinary graces, not just for themselves but for the Church and for the world. It is this possibility that inspires us to take the risk and let the Holy Spirit lead us where He wills. If many of us can find the courage to do this, the world will be transformed to the degree that we will hardly be able to recognize that the new came from the old. Fr. Steve Tynan
Why do I hold back from surrendering all to the Lord? What can I do to encourage myself to leave my life and dreams in the hands of the Holy Spirit?
Lord Jesus, You surrendered all to the will of Your Father in Heaven. Help me to do the same so that I may be able help ensure that Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
St. Venturino of Bergamo, Dominican preacher and missionary crusader, pray for us.
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