READINGS for 2008-05-05
LONELY BUT NOT ALONE
“Behold, the hour is coming and... and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.” – John 16:32
It was the final meal they shared in this world, and the atmosphere was anything but festive. Jesus, exhausted from his ministry, sat amidst His friends (John 15:15) and sadly told them that towards the near end of His earthly life, what will remain is His relationship with the Father.
Jesus knew that the next few days will be spent in utter suffering, with His apostles and followers deserting him at a time that He needed them the most. But the Good Shepherd took solace in the presence of His Abba.
No raising of hands. No music. No speaking in tongues. Just the loving silence passed between two hearts. The perfect form of prayer, in the most intense time of His life.
Four years ago, I found myself alienated from my spouse, my family and my friends. I made a wrong turn in the road of life and found myself alone in the journey. It was the most difficult time of my life. In a dusty, cramped room I cried myself to sleep, thinking my life was over. But in the silence of the night, Abba came and comforted me in a way that forged a relationship bound by tears and forgiveness.
Until I made it to the morning. Then I knew I was not alone. Red Cerrer
What does God tell you in your moments of silence? “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
Lord, in my darkest times, let me know that You are always at my side.
One aspect of Baptism that the Latin Rite Church seems to have lost sight of for quite a few centuries is that it is not just the celebration of the forgiveness of our sins. It is also our empowerment to become the sons and daughters of God through the Holy Spirit and the gifts He’s given us.
1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior of the country and came [down] to Ephesus where he found some disciples. 2 He said to them, “Did you receive the holy Spirit when you became believers?” They answered him, “We have never even heard that there is a holy Spirit.” 3 He said, “How were you baptized?” They replied, “With the baptism of John.” 4 Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul laid [his] hands on them, the holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7 Altogether there were about twelve men. 8 He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly with persuasive arguments about the kingdom of God.
P S A L M
Psalm 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab
R: Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
1  God arises; his enemies are scattered, and those who hate him flee before him. 2  As smoke is driven away, so are they driven; as wax melts before the fire. (R) 3  But the just rejoice and exult before God; they are glad and rejoice. 4  Sing to God, chant praise to his name, whose name is the LORD. (R) 5  The father of orphans and the defender of widows is God in his holy dwelling. 6  God gives a home to the forsaken; he leads forth prisoners to prosperity. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus affirms that He has conquered the world. This means that we can be free to live without the power of sin affecting our lives. We just have to be willing to submit our lives to the power that comes to all who have faith in Him.
29 His disciples said, “Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech. 30 Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now? 32 Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”
think: Have I submitted my life to the power of the Holy Spirit?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Deuteronomy 31-34
I AM NOT ALONE
The great Jesuit German theologian Karl Rahner loved to console people who would come to him with these words: There are no accidents; there is only Divine Providence. Beautiful words, indeed. However, a person can only say these words when he or she, like Jesus in the Gospel, has contemplated the true nature of God not only as a mighty Creator, but as a loving Father to all. Contrary to the belief of many that He created the world then left it to chance and human choices, God the Father continues to be concerned, and He continues to sustain what He created.
The ritual of the “breaking of the bread,” before it ever became identified with our Christian Eucharist, began every Jewish family meal. It was a ritual that reminded the Jews that all the created world is dependent on God the Creator. As the head of the household broke the flat and round bread, he praised God, invoked God, and evoked God’s continued blessings on the family.
As we partake of our daily food at table, may we also proclaim in our hearts the solemn words of Jesus: “I am not alone, because the Father is with me.”Fr. Domie Guzman
How old are you today? Take the time to thank God today for your life, and for all the manifestations of His love and solicitude.
Father, thank You for the wonderful way You created me and Your faithfulness in sustaining my life.
St. Jutta, widow, pray for us.
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