READINGS for 2008-05-06

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

 

WORKING FOR GOD
 
“I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.” – John 17:4
 
Gaby Brimmer, is a severely handicapped woman who is deeply admired in Mexico. Stricken with cerebral palsy, she cannot speak, walk or move her hands. The only functional limb in her body is her left foot. But her impairment did not become a hurdle in honing her talent as a writer. With the support and assistance of her loving parents, she learned to type using her big toe and earned the right to attend a regular school to pursue her interest in writing.
On January 2, 2000, Gaby passed away and left an endearing legacy for the disabled like her. In her honor, the Mexican president granted scholarships to artists and writers with handicaps.
God gifted each of us with unique talents and abilities to improve our quality of life, and there is no excuse for not fully utilizing our potentials. But many of us easily give up when confronted with setbacks in life. Gaby showed that by confronting our limitations and accepting them, we can continue to grow.
God is not concerned about how much we have accomplished but how much of ourselves are we willing to give. Jane Gonzales
 
REFLECTION:
Is it possible that we have trouble finishing things because we do not pursue what God has called us to do?
 
Thank You, Father, for the talent You have entrusted to me. May I use it well to give You glory. Amen.
 
COMPANION

 

1st READING
 
Paul is willing to live or die for the Lord. What matters most to Him is that He remains within the will of God. All Paul wants to be able to say when God calls Him to eternal life is, “Lord, I have done all you asked me to do.” This ought to be our aspiration as well. God asks nothing more of us than this. If we all respond accordingly, the world will be transformed.
 
Acts 20:17-27
17 From Miletus he had the presbyters of the church at Ephesus summoned. 18 When they came to him, he addressed them, “You know how I lived among you the whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia. 19 I served the Lord with all humility and with the tears and trials that came to me because of the plots of the Jews, 20 and I did not at all shrink from telling you what was for your benefit, or from teaching you in public or in your homes. 21 I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks to repentance before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus. 22 But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. What will happen to me there I do not know, 23 except that in one city after another the holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await me. 24 Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the gospel of God’s grace. 25 “But now I know that none of you to whom I preached the kingdom during my travels will ever see my face again. 26 And so I solemnly declare to you this day that I am not responsible for the blood of any of you, 27 for I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God.”
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 68:10-11, 20-21
R: Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
9 [10] A bountiful rain you showered down, O God, upon your inheritance; you restored the land when it languished; 10 [11] your
flock settled in it; in your goodness, O God, you provided it for the needy. (R) 19 [20] Blessed day by day be the Lord, who bears our burdens; God, who is our salvation. 20 [21] God is a saving God for us; the LORD, my Lord, controls the passageways of death. (R)
 
G O S P E L
 
Jesus is totally disinterested in the glory the world has to offer. He is only interested in the glory of God the Father. He knows that this glory comes from obedience. Let us reflect on these principles and seek to live by them at all times.
 
John 17:1-11a
1 Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, 2 just as you gave him authority over all people, so that he may give eternal life to all you gave him. 3 Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. 4 I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. 5 Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began. 6 “I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, 8 because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, 10 and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”
 
 
my reflections
think:How important is it for me to obey the Lord?
 
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God’s special verse/thought for me today________________
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T O D A Y ’ S BLESSING LIST
Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Joshua 1-4
 
SABBATH

 

PRICELESS MOMENTS
 
After I celebrated a First Friday Eucharist in one of those offices located at a modern skyscraper in Makati, I was brought home to St. Paul’s by two young ladies from that office. As the car we were riding in cleared out of the building into the busy thoroughfare of Ayala, I was taken aback by the remark of one of the ladies. She said: “Ah, I did not know it is this bright and sunny out here at this time of the day.” I could not help but ask, “Why, where are you at this hour of the day?” The two ladies raced to explain to me: They leave home while it is still dark; they arrive at the office while sunrise is just occurring; they spend the whole day doing various office jobs and attending meetings inside the air conditioned office which is protected from the bright sun by thick and tinted glass panels; they finish their job just as the night is falling upon the metropolis; and they travel back to their homes amidst the darkness and the traffic that envelops the first hours of the evening. The same cycle of existence resumes the next day. I said to myself, “Pity these women for such a life. What a life!”
The Gospel passage today begins by telling us: Jesus was able to say “Father” amidst the anxiety of His impending passion, by raising His eyes to heaven. Yes, we must not allow the burdens of the day to bend us down. We should afford ourselves moments of respite — breathing moments when we can stretch out and raise our eyes to heaven. Jesus Himself invited people in His time: “Come, you who are burdened… and I will give you rest.” Let us not be overwhelmed by things that we need to accomplish. Let us be reminded that life is not only about quantity, but also about quality. Moments of silence and rest, moments of contemplation, moments of realizations are priceless . Fr. Domie Guzman
 
Reflection Question:
When was the last time you enjoyed a free and leisurely day, just lazing around?
 
True rest I find in Your presence, Jesus. Give me the grace to make time to be with You in the midst of my hectic day.
 
Blessed Edward Jones, martyr, pray for us.
 



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