READINGS for 2008-04-21

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



“… He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” – John 14:26
Once, after I gave catechism to the parents and godparents before baptism, I was awed by the things I had said. I told them that as parents and godparents, they were going to be the first catechists to the infant who will be baptized. They are to teach him or her prayers about God’s love and so on. I didn’t plan that but I meant every word I was saying. Somehow, I was inspired. And I know it was the Holy Spirit speaking through me.
This has also happened to me on several occasions during my counseling sessions. Words of wisdom would just fly out of me that brought “life” and strength to my counselees. And I only realized what I was saying after I said it. It was the Holy Spirit working in me because I sought Him in prayer.
Today’s verse reminds us that the Holy Spirit really does all these wonderful things. We only have to believe, be open and allow Him to do His work in us. Cristy Galang
Try to recall the times the Holy Spirit worked through you.
Come, Holy Spiirt, and enkindle in us the fire of Your wisdom and counsel. Amen.


Paul and his fellow missionaries faced many sorts of difficulties in proclaiming the Gospel including life threatening ones. Perhaps we should be more grateful that we do not have to confront such things? Paul’s zeal in the face of such opposition should also serve as an inspiration for us to get on with the tasks that are assigned to us in God’s plan.
Acts 14: 5-18
5 There was an attempt by both the Gentiles and the Jews, together with their leaders, to attack and stone them, 6 they realized it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding countryside, 7 where they continued to proclaim the good news. 8 At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth, who had never walked. 9 He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him, saw that he had the faith to be healed, 10 and called out in a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet.” He jumped up and began to walk about. 11 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they cried out in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in human form.” 12 They called Barnabas “Zeus” and Paul “Hermes,” because he was the chief speaker. 13 And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, for he together with the people intended to offer sacrifice. 14 The apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their garments when they heard this and rushed out into the crowd, shouting, 15 “Men, why are you doing this? We are of the same nature as you, human beings. We proclaim to you good news that you should turn from these idols to the living God, ‘who made heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them.’ 16 In past generations he allowed all Gentiles to go their own ways; 17 yet, in bestowing his goodness, he did not leave himself without witness, for he gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filled you with nourishment and gladness for your hearts.” 18 Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.
Psalm 115: 1-2, 3-4, 15-16
R: Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name give glory because of your mercy, because of your truth. 2 Why should the pagans say, “Where is their God?” (R) 3 Our God is in heaven; whatever he wills, he does. 4 Their idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men. (R) 15 May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth. 16 Heaven is the heaven of the LORD, but the earth he has given to the children of men. (R)
Love of God is expressed primarily not through words but through our actions of obedience to His will. Jesus tells us as much in today’s Gospel. This is why it is so important to do all we can to discern His will for our lives and to seek to prioritize His will once we have discerned it. This does not mean we have to know every last detail of God’s will. The general direction of it ought to be enough for us to begin our journey of achieving its end.
John 14: 21-26
21 “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” 22 Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, [then] what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me. 25 “I have told you this while I am with you. 26 The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name — he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.
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my reflections
think:Love of God is expressed primarily not through words but through our actions of obedience to His will.  

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Jesus gives the apostles an orientation class on the Holy Spirit today. He tells them what the Holy Spirit does in the heart of His followers. The Holy Spirit teaches and reminds the believers of all that Jesus said.
Unfortunately, the Holy Spirit, whose other very important task is to remind us, is often forgotten by us. Some theologians even commented that He is the “forgotten God.” We either address our prayers to Jesus or to the Father through Jesus. But we seldom address our prayers to the Holy Spirit. Few people talk to Him directly. There are many devotions to Jesus under His various titles. There is also a growing devotion to the Father. But, without the charismatic movement, the devotion to the Holy Spirit may seem non-existent at all. Let us remember this Person of the Trinity whose task is to help us remember.
God the Father is “God-forus.” For with His love, as St. Paul wrote, who can be against us? God the Son is “God-with-us.” Jesus is Emmanuel. The Holy Spirit is “Godin-us.” We are dwelling places of the Holy Spirit. St. Paul said that we are temples of the Holy Spirit. Without Him, it is not possible to call Jesus “Lord” and only with Him in our hearts can we cry out, “Abba, Father!”
Do not forget the Holy Spirit. Perhaps, that is one of the first things among the teachings of Jesus that we should be reminded about. Fr. Bobby Titco
Reflection Question:
What is the role of the Holy Spirit in my life?
I love you, Holy Spirit. Be the love that makes my heart burn for love of God and fellowmen. I welcome You, Holy Spirit, into my life. Through You, I recognize Jesus as Lord, and cry out to God, “Abba, Father!” “God-inme”, teach and remind me. Amen.
St. Arator, martyr, pray for us.

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