READINGS for 2008-05-08

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

 

UNFORGIVABLE
 
“And I have declared to them your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” – John 17:26
 
By day, Maya would be a seamstress, working for a small garments company. By 9 p.m., she transforms into a ravishing woman, dressed as a lady of leisure, but really, a lady-on-theprowl for a willing man. She is a hospitality girl.
One day, she came to the prayer meeting. Week after week, she sat in a corner, praying with her eyes closed, joining in the singing once in a while. I tentatively asked if she would like to talk to someone. She stared at me for a few seconds, nodded her head and her tears fell.
Her story was simple. She was the breadwinner for her family composed of her sick mother and five siblings aged six to 14. At age 15, she began her “trade” to put food on the table. When I met her, she was 19, already a veteran of the flesh market but a wounded soul. She felt dirty, and could not face God because of her sins. She did not think God could forgive her or love her.
My story was simple too. I had sinned many times in the past. But our ever-loving God is constant. He is the God of love and Jesus His Son died that we may be saved. He truly loves. Chelle Crisanto
 
REFLECTION:
Never underestimate the power of God’s love.
 
Lord, reveal Your love to me in a deeper way.
 
COMPANION

 

1st READING
 
Paul would have made a good lawyer in today’s legal system. He confuses the issues at stake by continuing to add extra dimensions to his case. He was not just a Jew but a Pharisees and persecutor of the Church. He is also a Roman citizen and thus other rights apply to him as well. It becomes too complicated for the local authorities. Paul will eventually be sent to Rome for trial.
 
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
30 Wishing to determine the truth about why he was being accused by the Jews, he freed him and ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene. Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them. 23: 6 Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees, so he called out before the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees; [I] am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.” 7 When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the group became divided. 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection or angels or spirits, while the Pharisees acknowledge all three. 9 A great uproar occurred, and some scribes belonging to the Pharisee party stood up and sharply argued, “We find nothing wrong with this man. Suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” 10 The dispute was so serious that the commander, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, ordered his troops to go down and rescue him from their midst and take him into the compound. 11 The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage. For just as you have borne witness to my cause in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness in Rome.”
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
R: Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
1 Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge; 2 I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.” 5 O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup, you it is who hold fast my lot. (R) 7 I bless the LORD who counsels me; even in the night my heart exhorts me. 8 I set the LORD ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. (R) 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices, my body, too, abides in confidence; 10 because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world, nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption. (R) 11 You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. (R)
 
G O S P E L
 
Jesus clearly tells His disciples that they will have to endure suffering. This may have been difficult for the disciples to understand at the time but after the death and resurrection of Jesus and their receiving of the Holy Spirit, I am sure they had a much better grasp of what lay in front of them in their mission. We, too, should be aware that we will suffer as we seek to grow in holiness and bring the Gospel to the places where we live and work.
 
John 17:20-26
20 “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. 22 And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. 26 I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”
 
my reflections
think:Are you convinced that God has called you to be a missionary?
 
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God’s special verse/thought for me today________________
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T O D A Y ’ S BLESSING LIST
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Joshua 9-12
 
SABBATH

 

THE PERFECTION OF ONENESS
 
Before the Loving Father, Jesus prayed – above all other blessings – that His disciples then and at all times, be one. In the words of Jesus as rendered by the New American Bible, this oneness will become the root of “perfection” (verse 23):
l Authentic Witnessing. More than the words and wonderworks that they will use at the service of the Gospel, the very life and person of the disciples will be their testimony. They will have to be the sign of the message that they bring. The message of God is that God is One. The persons of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one in the dignity of God, and one in their work of salvation. The loving and harmonious lives of the believers then become a powerful and credible proclamation about God.
l Strength. Jesus prophesied that the disciples will have to weather the challenges of an unredeemed world. In fact, for the first 100 years of Christian witnessing, the followers of Jesus will face a number of cruel persecutions initiated by the Roman empire. Amidst all these, the followers of Jesus carried one another, and encouraged each other to fidelity with their psalms, hymns, exhortations and examples of heroic faith.
l Growth and Building Up. Unity in thought, heart and action brings peace and progress in every endeavor.Fr. Domie Guzman
 
Reflection Question:
How have you experienced oneness as gateway to success in your office, and in your community?
 
Jesus, unite all Your faithful as One, just as the Trinity unites eternally the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
 
St. Desideratus, bishop of Bourges, pray for us.
 



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