READINGS for 2008-07-08

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

 

OUT ON mISSION
 
“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” – Matthew 9:37
 
Celso, my late husband, loved working in the missions. The mission work of the Light of Jesus Community was very new then. He was one of the first missionaries sent to the field — to Barrio Hinukay in Bulacan to Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Vizcaya and Amadeo, Cavite too. Distance did not matter to him. Saturday was his mission day, and he would leave the house very early, taking the bus to reach these places.
There was a time when I asked him why he had to go every week. And his answer was, “I love being with them. They are simple folks and they’re so hungry for God’s Word.”
In 1993, he got sick with ulcer and couldn’t go anywhere for six months. But immediately after getting a clean bill of health, he was off to his mission. I tried to stop him but he said, “There are many souls that need to be refreshed, and there are few workers. I need to do this. It also makes me happy doing this.”
The harvest is truly plentiful, but the laborers are few. Chelle Crisanto
 
REFLECTION:
How far are you willing to go to share the Good News?
 
Lord, give me a sense of urgency to spread your Gospel.
 
COMPANION

 

1st READING
 
God complains through this prophecy that His people have rejected Him and put mere men in His place as king of Israel. For us today, we need to decide whether or not we will enthrone God as king of our lives. And then allow Him to reign therein.
 
Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13
4 They made kings, but not by my authority; they established princes, but without my approval. With their silver and gold they made idols for themselves, to their own destruction. 5 Cast away your calf, O Samaria! My wrath is kindled against them; How long will they be unable to attain innocence in Israel? 6 The work of an artisan no god at all, Destined for the flames — such is the calf of Samaria! 7 When they sow the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind; The stalk of grain that forms no ear can yield no flour; Even if it could, strangers would swallow it. 11 When Ephraim made many altars to expiate sin, his altars became occasions of sin. 12 Though I write for him my many ordinances, they are considered as a stranger’s. 13 Though they offer sacrifice, immolate flesh and eat it, the LORD is not pleased with them. He shall still remember their guilt and punish their sins; they shall return to Egypt.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 115: 3-4, 5-6, 7ab-8
R: The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
3 Our God is in heaven; whatever he wills, he does. 4 Their idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men. (R) 5 They have mouths but speak not; they have eyes but see not; 6 they have ears but hear not; they have noses but smell not. (R) 7 They have hands but feel not; they have feet but walk not. 8 Their makers shall be like them, everyone that trusts in them. (R)
 
G O S P E L
 
There is certainly a lot of work to be done today for the Gospel truth to go out to all the world. It seems that the amount of work and the urgency is ever increasing considering all the trouble and strife that exists today. I think we need to pray for a greater generosity of heart among Christians so that we will be able to see the needs of the Church and be willing to sacrifice a little to help fulfill them.
 
Matthew 9: 32-38
32 A demoniac who could not speak was brought to him, 33 and when the demon was driven out the mute person spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” 34 But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” 35 Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. 36 At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; 38 so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
 
my reflections
think:I think we need to pray for a greater generosity of heart among Christians so that we will be able to see the needs of the Church and be willing to sacrifice a little to help fulfill them.
 
 
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Nehemia 1-5
 
 
SABBATH

 

a WillinG and COMPassiOnatE hEart
 
The people who witnessed the healing of the deaf person in the Gospel were amazed. Unlike the Pharisees and scribes, Jesus quotes no authority or teaching. He simply commands the evil spirit to come out and the person is whole again. Jesus comes to heal and deliver the people of God. A people, who once walked in darkness, now have seen a great light. That light is Jesus who manifests the rule and reign of God. The enemy cannot accept the light for fear his darkness is exposed. The evil one scatters under the mighty hand of God, shown in Jesus’ miracles and preaching.
Isaiah prophesied that there will be a Messianic Age (Isaiah 35/Luke 4). The dumb will speak, and the blind will see. The deaf will hear and the lame will walk. When this happens, the age of the Messiah is near. As Jesus ministers healing and deliverance, perhaps minds are engaged in wonder and amazement asthey understand Jesus as the Anointed One sent by God.
The Pharisees and scribes cannot accept this and conclude that it is by satan that the demons are cast out – that does not make sense. How can demons cast out demons? How can an army cast out its own when they are in battle? The Pharisees themselves are blind and deaf to the good news, while the poor and humble enter the Kingdom of God.
The heart of Jesus is compassionate just like God’s. He is moved to see that people are fed and nourished with good things. The work is plentiful but His time on earth is limited. He looks to His disciples whom He trusts will be graced with compassion to continue His mission. They will be shepherds after His own heart. They will serve the people with His own love and grace. Some will be called to be His followers, giving themselves completely and wholly to this cause. Others by way of their resources and abilities will bring compassion in to the lives of many. Fr. Brian Steele
 
Reflection Question:
It is true that the harvest is rich and abundant. Who will respond to the needs of so many? Will you respond to the call of the Lord of the harvest?
 
God of compassion, You comfort us with Your help and protection. Give us grace to be compassionate to those who are abandoned and troubled. Give us hearts that are willing to serve You and allow Your Kingdom to come in our midst. Amen.
 
St. Kilian, Irish monk, pray for us.
 



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