READINGS for 2008-05-27
THE LORD SMILED
“We have given everything to follow you.” – Mark10:28
I had just given my life to Christ. The highlight of the afternoon was the Holy Mass. During the offertory, I was indecisive about how much to give. As the basket came, I closed my eyes and dropped in P500. It was the biggest contribution I had ever given at Mass. After that, I felt that the Lord smiled.
At another occasion, I was down to my last P50 bill and a few coins. The coins were enough to get me home. That evening, the community asked for a contribution to help in the construction of our new building. People moved forward with their donations as they announced the amount to the congregation. I wanted to give but what I had was embarrassing to announce compared to the thousands my friends were offering. But later, I went forward anyway and offered my widow’s mite. The Lord smiled.
The times when I gave in obedience and faith are when I felt Jesus was pleased. And we can never outgive Him. I’ve experienced unscheduled raises. I’ve been pirated by more than four companies in less than four years. I’ve had promotions when I felt I was not worthy. But my biggest satisfaction is to know that I’m doing His will and making Him smile. Ariel Driz
Have you made God smile lately with your giving?
Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to be generous. However, let me do it for the right reasons and grant me the grace to enjoy it with You. Amen.
Peter is even clearer here than he was yesterday. He says, “Free your minds, then, of encumbrances; control them, and put your trust in nothing but the grace that will be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” I could not put it any better than this so I will not try. I will only emphasize one thing: put your trust in nothing but the grace of God.
1 Peter 1:10-16
10 Concerning this salvation, prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and investigated it, 11 investigating the time and circumstances that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the glories to follow them. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you with regard to the things that have now been announced to you by those who preached the good news to you through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels longed to look. 13 Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, live soberly, and set your hopes completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 Like obedient children, do not act in compliance with the desires of your former ignorance 15 but, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct, 16 for it is written, “Be holy because I am holy.”
P S A L M
Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
R: The Lord has made known his salvation.
1 Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; his right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm. (R) 2 The LORD has made his salvation known in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. 3 He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. (R) All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. 4 Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; break into song; sing praise. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus warns us again not to measure our lives by the standards of the world. His promise seems to be given in terms of that worldly understanding but I think He may be speaking somewhat didactically here. Who wants a hundred houses anyway? He is merely saying that the reward of eternal life will far surpass anything we could possibly imagine here on earth.
28 Peter began to say to him, “We have given up everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel 30 who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come. 31 But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
How interested am I in the reward of eternal life?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 2 Samuel 5-8
THE SECRET OF THE CHURCH’S GIANT
My maternal grandmother was the first to introduce me to the character of Simon Peter. Every time we went for vacation at our ancestral house located in a seaside village in Ilocos, she would bring me to see the teeming activities of the village folks by the sea. Since it was summer, there would be a good number of people engaged in making rock salt from the sediments of the sea water. There were also those who were busy panning milkfish fingerlings that they would eventually sell to fish pen owners in Dagupan. Of course, there were the fishermen. My grandmother would point out to me the many wooden motorized boats they use, and I noticed how a good number of these would have the name of “St. Peter,” or “San Pedro” painted on them. I would then hear from my grandmother a lot of tales on how the invocation of Peter’s name brought a good catch of fish, or a deliverance from the stormy sea.
Whenever we went to the church, my grandmother would point to the imposing icon of Peter holding two keys, and wearing a papal tiara. She then informed me how Peter became the first Pope and how until now, Peter exercises the power of the keys in the heavens. So, Peter’s character first awed me. When we were kids, anyway, everyone who was an adult looked like a giant!
As I went through my seminary formation and my theological studies, I encountered Peter’s stories. This time, I came to know about the other side of Peter: his de-mythologized side, his frail human dimension. Beside his moment of denial during the Passion of Jesus, I learned of Peter’s careless and reckless remarks that merited Jesus’ rebuke. I learned of his aggressive ways and his lack of reflection, his being impatient. This day, the Gospel Reading tells us more of Peter’s weakness: like any human being, he longs for assurances, and for rewards. His following Jesus is not something unconditional, after all.Fr. Domie Guzman
Who were those whom you considered to be giants? Why did you see them as giants? What later discoveries and realizations did you have about them?
Lord, open my eyes to the reality about the “giants” in my life. May Your abundant grace make me realize no one is as “big” as You are.
St. Restituta of Sora, Roman virgin martyr, pray for us.
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