READINGS for 2008-05-29

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



… Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” – Mark 10:51
A regular job for my husband. Efficiency in my new job. A united family. These were some of the petitions that I’d been fervently asking for many months. Frankly, I had almost given up hope. Was God even listening?
Then I read a book entitled, When God Doesn’t Make Sense. There, the author shared how trees grow. The roots of trees planted in arid land tend to deeply stretch out to seek water for nourishment. And because of this, flood waters can’t easily uproot it, unlike a tree planted in rich soil.
I knew then that God had been training me to be more deeply rooted in my faith so that inconvenience, suffering, sacrifice or unanswered prayers won’t make my trust in the Lord waver.
But I got more than that! He blessed my husband with a job in a reputable company. I was regularized and was made a supervisor within five months and my family patched up a misunderstanding! Annette Flores
Have you doubted the Lord’s ways lately? Meditate on what lesson God wants you to learn. Let go and let God.
Holy Spirit, give me the strength to trust in God.


When we notice selfishness arising within our hearts and souls, it is time to get concerned. Selfishness indicates a heart that is turned in on itself and not open to the graces God is offering us. We have to be ready to embrace the life of a disciple. God is not going to do it all for us in some fairy tale sort of way. To lay down one’s life for the Gospel is going to require a lot of hard work.
1 Peter 2:2-5, 9-12
2 Like newborn infants, long for pure spiritual milk so that through it you may grow into salvation, 3 for you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, 5 and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 9 You are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were “no people” but now you are God’s people; you “had not received mercy” but now you have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and sojourners to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against the soul. 12 Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that if they speak of you as evildoers, they may observe your good works and glorify God on the day of visitation.
Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5
R: Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; 2 serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song. (R) 3 Know that the LORD is God; he made us, his we are; his people, the flock he tends. (R) 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise; give thanks to him; bless his name. (R) 5 The LORD is good: his kindness endures forever, and his faithfulness, to all generations. (R)
I really like the word “immediately,” When Jesus speaks a word of healing to Bartimaeus, he is immediately healed. God’s word is all-powerful. It is portrayed as such, particularly in the Gospel of Mark. It would be interesting to read through the Gospel and count the number of times and situations where Mark uses this word. You can use a computer or concordance for this if you like, but think of the greater  benefits to be gained by reading through the whole Gospel yourself before resorting to these tools.
Mark 10:46-52
46 As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. 47 On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.” 50 He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. 51 Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” 52 Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
my reflections
think: Am I prepared to lay down my life for the Gospel?

God’s special verse/thought for me today________________

Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________


Every time I read the Gospel story about the healing of Bartimaeus, I cannot help but dwell on these words: “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” These Gospel words make me recall the story of a certain Eastern Christian pilgrim who wanted to learn a way of prayer. He was inspired to start with these Gospel words. His prayer went this way: “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me. Jesus, son of David, have pity. Jesus, son of David. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.”
When words seem to escape our thoughts in prayer, the very name of Jesus is enough. The Apostle Paul shares with us: “… at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10- 11). Forgiveness, peace, healing, deliverance, providence — every good thing comes in Jesus’ name.
Prayer, after all, does not become efficacious with more words, but with faith and with real sentiments from the heart. Fr. Domie Guzman
Reflection Question:
Try praying just the name of “JESUS” during your prayer time today. Experience how powerful the Name is.
Jesus, have mercy on me. Jesus, heal me. Jesus, save me. Jesus, free me.
St. Maximus of Trier, bishop, pray for us.

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