READINGS for 2008-05-30
Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE
…everyone who loves is begotten of God and has knowledge of God. – 1 John 4:7
It’s so sad to see what happens when people leave their church, community or group. The love that they once shared with the people they used to pray and worship with week after week suddenly turns into criticism and backbiting.
The same is true for those who were left behind. Overnight, their love also turns into abhorrence for that person whom they used to fondly call brother or sister. Now, the mere mention of his or her name sounds like a bad word for them. What’s more sad is when both sides wait to see something bad befall the other. And when that happens, the other feels vindicated for what he’s feeling.
Often times, we revere our norms and our man-made rules more than God’s will. If people violate our rules or our way of doing things, then we judge them to be out of God’s will. But no one has a monopoly on God’s will or His plan for us. His will is for us to love one another regardless of their offense towards us. Only then can we truly call ourselves Christians. Ronna Ledesma
Do we resent people who do not live up to our standard of Christianity?
Sacred Heart of Jesus, make my heart like Yours that I may love people unconditionally.
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus should always remind us of the great love and mercy of our God. The Old Testament is full of examples of God choosing to show mercy on His people when they sinned against Him. Let us be wise in taking advantage of God’s mercy and repent while we can. Also, let us seek to be merciful in the ways we relate with others.
6 “You are a people sacred to the LORD, your God; he has chosen you from all the nations on the face of the earth to be a people peculiarly his own. 7 It was not because you are the largest of all nations that the LORD set his heart on you and chose you, for you are really the smallest of all nations. 8 It was because the LORD loved you and because of his fidelity to the oath he had sworn to your fathers, that he brought you out with his strong hand from the place of slavery, and ransomed you from the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. 9 Understand, then, that the LORD, your God, is God indeed, the faithful God who keeps his merciful covenant down to the thousandth generation toward those who love him and keep his commandments, 10 but who repays with destruction the person who hates him; he does not dally with such a one, but makes him personally pay for it. 11 You shall therefore carefully observe the commandments, the statutes and the decrees which I enjoin on you today.”
P S A L M
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10
R: The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. (R) 3 He pardons all your iniquities, he heals all your ills. 4 He redeems your life from destruction, he crowns you with kindness and compassion. (R) 8 Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. 10 Not according to our sins does he deal with us, nor does he requite us according to our crimes. (R)
John exhorts all Christians to make love the foundation of all they do and say. This seems to be a redundant exhortation as we all know that we should love one another. But how often do we fail in this duty? It is precisely this failure that indicates the need for us to be reminded time and again to love one another.
1 John 4:7-16
7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. 8 Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. 10 In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. 12 No one has ever seenGod. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us. 13 This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. 14 Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. 15 Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. 16 We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.
G O S P E L
Jesus reminds us that we should never be afraid to come to Him and place our needs in His hands. He is entirely capable of looking after all the needs of all the people who have ever lived. We indeed have a God who is infinite and beyond our imagination in strength and mercy. As we draw from His storehouse of grace, let us seek to draw others into His love and mercy and so set them on the path to salvation and eternal life.
25 At that time Jesus said in reply, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. 26 Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him. 28 “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
think:How well do I keep the commandment to love my neighbor?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 2 Samuel 17-20
GETTING TO KNOW THE SAINTS
Saint RichaRd of chicheSteR
Richard, patron saint of coachmen, was born as Richard de Wych at Worcestershire, England in 1197. After his father died, the family fell upon hard times. He took over the management of their estates and was able to bring them back.
He got his education from Oxford and then in Paris and Bologna. He served the university in Oxford as a teacher then a chancellor. After the death of Archbishop Edmund Rich, he became vicar of Deal and chancellor of Canterbury for the second time. Four years later, he was elected bishop of Chichester. As bishop, he worked on the manners and morals of his clergy. He provided better means of order and reverence in Church service.
Saint Richard died at Dover in April 1253. He was canonized in 1262 by Pope Urban IV. It was believed that the saint’s shrine in Chichester provided miracles and cures to pilgrims.
Saint dionySiuS of coRinth
Saint Dionysius was bishop of Corinth during the second century. He was an outstanding leader, an eloquent preacher, and a good ecclesiastical writer.
Dionysius protested against the heresies which sprang from pagan philosophical principles, as well as from perverse interpretations of the Scriptures. He identified the source of each heretical error and the philosophical sect they originated from.
Saint Dionysius of Corinth died in 180 A.D. He was honored as a martyr by the Greeks and a confessor by the Latin Church.
Saint Gemma GalGani
Gemma Galgani, patron saint of pharmacists, was born to a poor family on March 12, 1878 in Tuscany, Italy. Her mother died when she was seven and her father when she was 18. She was left to care for her seven brothers and sisters. Gemma suffered from spinal tuberculosis. She was healed from the sickness by praying to Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. When she applied to enter the convent, the young woman was rejected. They refused to believe her cure. Thus, Gemma became a Passionist tertiary.
She experienced stigmata beginning June 1899. She received wounds on both her hands and feet each Thursday evening through Friday afternoon. This continued until 1901. Gemma was also a visionary, receiving daily visits from her guardian angel. Aside from her angel, she too received visits from the devil, tempting her to spit on the cross and to break a rosary.
Saint Gemma Galgani died of tuberculosis on April 11, 1903. She was beatified in 1933 by Pope Pius XI and was canonized on May 2, 1940 by Pope Pius XII.
“LEARN FROM ME…”
Every month of May, our small family – my parents and three siblings – gather together for a celebration of my parents’ wedding anniversary. The focus of the prayers, however, is the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that had been enthroned inour home on the same day that my parents got married. Year after year, my father and mother renew our family consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The apostolate of the Jesuits in the Philippines has been instrumental in popularizing the cult of the Sacred Heart in many Filipino homes. In fact, the Jesuits named their Philippine mission as the Jesuit Province of the Sacred Heart, and their novitiate house in Novaliches carries the same name: Sacred Heart Novitiate. This devotion is, in turn, close to the heart of the Jesuits because the spiritual director of the visionary St. Margaret Mary Alacoque was a Jesuit priest – Blessed Claudede la Colombiere.
The nine First Friday Novena of Masses, the enthronement of the image of the Sacred Heart, and the observance of the liturgical feast of the Sacred Heart which was extended to the whole Church in 1856, by Pope Pius IX, are among the external expressions of the devotion to the Heart of Jesus. Vatican II, however, teaches us that the best form of devotion is the imitation of virtues. And Jesus Himself in the Gospel today says: “… learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.”
Savoring the rest of Jesus’ words in the Gospel, we realize the following virtues that we must aspire for:
l Gratitude in the face of all circumstances.
l Docility to God’s will.
l Acknowledgment of God’s Fatherhood
l Eternal childhood and childlikeness before God.
l L i g h t - heartedness in life.
l Meekness and humility. Fr. Domie Guzman
Spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist, and rest in His presence. Abandon your cares to His loving heart.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, make me my heart like Thine.
St. Joan of Arc, virgin, pray for us.
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