READINGS for 2008-04-08
For you are my rock and my fortress: therefore for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me. – Psalm 31:3
Candy and I met about 23 years ago. She was then peddling peanuts from office to office, running around and dodging security guards on every floor. This was her only means of income. Separated from an immature husband, saddled with a seven-year-old boy and renting a small room, she had to struggle to survive. There were days when she wanted to give up, take her boy’s hand and jump into the river. But she kept on — graduating from peanuts, to fire extinguishers, school supplies and to printing.
Today, she is still struggling to survive but with a difference. Having lived through days of having only enough to feed her kid, not even for herself, and nights of crying her heart out because she had no capital for the next day, she says that nothing can stump her anymore.
Her faith is mounted in solid rock, as she puts her life in His hands. “I have no fears. He is my fortress and my salvation,” she says. Chelle Crisanto
Has trial strengthened your faith or weakened it?
Lord, I cleave to You during the easy times and the tough ones.
Stephen’s opening remarks would obviously make him unpopular with the authorities. Perhaps he had run out of patience? Or, more likely, he was simply willing to speak the truth no matter what the cost. From this we learn that truth is the only way to freedom. Anything other than the truth will only enslave others.
Acts 7: 51-8: 1a
51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always oppose the Holy Spirit; you are just like your ancestors. 52 Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become. 53 You received the law as transmitted by angels, but you did not observe it.” 54 When they heard this, they were infuriated, and they ground their teeth at him. 55 But he, filled with the holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56 and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed upon him together. 58 They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”; and when he said this, he fell asleep. 8: 1 Now Saul was consenting to his execution.
P S A L M
Psalm 3: 3cd-4, 6 and 7b and 8a, 17 and 21ab
R: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
2  Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety. 3  You are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me. (R) 5  Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God. 6  My trust is in the LORD. 7  I will rejoice and be glad of your mercy. (R) 16  Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your kindness. 20  You hide them in the shelter of your presence from the plottings of men. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus relates the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 to the feeding of the Jews’ ancestors in the desert during the Exodus from Egypt. He then reveals that His bread, the bread He will give us in the Eucharist, is far more important than just ordinary food — it is the food of eternal life.
John 6: 30-35
30 The crowd said to Jesus, “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? 31 Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” 32 So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
think:Truth is the only way to freedom.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Leviticus 8-10
It is not enough to be satisfied once. We want to be satisfied forever. Having food for today teaches us to expect food tomorrow. We need food always. We want food that lasts forever.
Having been satisfied once, the people long to be satisfied forever. Logic told them that to enjoy a steady supply of food, they should have their hands on the supplier himself. God is the Unsupplied Supplier of all good things – satisfying food and whatnot.
Jesus taught His listeners today not only that God is the source of the kind of satisfaction they yearn for but also that He Himself, the Son of God, is the very satisfaction of all their yearnings. Manna tastes less satisfying than Jesus Himself who is the Bread of Life.
In life, there is a hierarchy of values. We must learn to rank every need correctly. Our need for Jesus infinitely outranks all our other needs. In fact, our longing for Jesus orients every effort we exert to satisfy any need we have in life. All satisfactions we work for should actually lead us to our ultimate satisfaction: fullness of life in and through Jesus.
Jesus is the Bread of Life. We are not truly satisfied until we taste Him. And when we have tasted Him, all else is junk food.Fr. Bobby Titco
What can I do this year to find more peace and strength in the Lord who offers me all this for free?
Lord, in our hectic life, You offer rest. Why do I not make more use of it? Lord, often I feel spiritually dry, empty and hungry – why do I not accept You, who are present in the Eucharist? You are there for me, for all of us. Thank You, Lord.
St. Julie Billiart, virgin, pray for us.
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