READINGS for 2008-06-06

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

 

HITTING THE POT OF LIFE
 
Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it. – 2 Timothy 3:14
 
“To the right!”
“No! Move to your left!”
“Straight ahead!”
“Now hit the pot!”
Hit the pot is one of those games we grew up with. Playing it is a test of concentration and making wise decisions. Walking straight towards the pot and hitting it is not easy when you’re blind folded. It makes us vulnerable to the voices around us that could either lead us right to the pot or away from it. It is up to us to decide whose voice we listen to. We either listen to the loudest voice or to a trusted, familiar one.
Today’s world is noisy enough to cause confusion. If we listen to all these distracting voices, we might lose track of the path to salvation. It is wise then that we take time each day to listen to the trusted voice of Christ in Scriptures. He alone can lead the way, and surely, a great reward for hitting the pot awaits us in Heaven. Jane Gonzales
 
REFLECTION:
Whose voice do we listen to these days? Amidst loud noises, are we still able to hear to what God has to say?
 
Lord Jesus, mold us that we may have a heart that’s ready to obey, an ear ready to listen, and the will to fully surrender to the Father. Amen.
 
COMPANION

 

1st READING
 
We all need to deepen our understanding and knowledge of our faith. We should be equipped to answer the questions of those seeking God in their lives. We have a responsibility to be able to answer at least the simple questions about our faith so that an opportunity to evangelize is not lost.
 
2 Timothy 3:10-17
10 You have followed my teaching, way of life, purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra, persecutions that I endured. Yet from all these things the Lord delivered me. 12 In fact, all who want to live religiously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But wicked people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. 14 But you, remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it, 15 and that from infancy you have known [the] sacred scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 119:157, 160, 161, 165, 166, 168
R: O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
157 Though my persecutors and my foes are many, I turn not away from your decrees. (R) 160 Permanence is your word’s chief trait; each of your just ordinances is everlasting. (R) 161 Princes persecute me without cause but my heart stands in awe of your word. (R) 165 Those who love your law have great peace, and for them there is no stumbling block. (R) 166 I wait for your salvation, O LORD, and your commands I fulfill. (R) 168 I keep your precepts and your decrees, for all my ways are before you. (R)
 
G O S P E L
Jesus argues that if David calls the Christ “Lord” then He cannot be just His physical son, otherwise the title would work in reverse. Jesus affirms that the identity of the Christ is more than merely human. He is fully aware of His own divinity at this point in His ministry. The people rejoice because it affirms to them that the Messiah is more than just a man — something that would be very comforting indeed.
 
Mark 12:35-37
35 As Jesus was teaching in the temple area he said, “How do the scribes claim that the Messiah is the son of David? 36 David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said: “The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand until I place your enemies under your feet.’ ” 37 David himself calls him ‘lord’; so how is he his son?” The great crowd heard this with delight.
 
my reflections
think:Is Jesus my personal Messiah?
 
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 1 Kings 17-19
 
SABBATH

 

SITTING AT GOD’S RIGHT HAND
 
I think it is safe to say that all who read this text have difficulty trying to discern the meaning Christ attaches to it. This, however, does not mean that we can ignore it. One of the things I draw from this text is as follows.
We all like the idea of having our enemies placed at our feet, that is, subdued and of no threat to us. However, there is something that precedes this reality according to Jesus, namely that we should first be seated at the right hand of God. What does this mean? That is a very good question. When we consider the whole teaching of Christ and then combine it with the teachings of Paul and the rest of the Scriptures, I think the verse “seated at the right hand of God” is an expression that refersto discipleship and a very comprehensive sort of discipleship at that. This is not just your everyday sort of “being a good person.”
This is a reference to a discipleship and obedience to the will of God that will make you one of God’s first lieutenants. We are talking of a level of holiness here that is in the realm of the canonized saints of the Church. This does not exclude us from the blessing of having all our enemies completely subdued. It does remind us, however, that this blessing does not come without our paying a cost – the cost of discipleship. I also believe that the enemies referred to here are not persons as such but the greatest enemy of humanity – sin.
If we look at the text from this point of view, what we hear Christ telling us is that we can have a life without sin if we are willing to live according to God’s will – a prerequisite for receiving the honor of being seated at the right hand of God. Forget about thinking of victory over our human enemies. Jesus is referring to our promised victory over sin for those who are ready to truly embrace the call of discipleship and all it involves. This is what it means to call and make Jesus the Lord of our lives. Fr. Steve Tynan
 
Reflection Question:
How focused am I in overcoming the sin in my life? Am I willing to embrace Jesus and His call to discipleship and make Him the Lord of my life?
 
Holy Spirit, I know that it is only through Your grace and strength that I can overcome the sin in my life and grow in holiness. Help me to decide to do away with sin forever.
 
St. Norbert, bishop, pray for us.
 



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