READINGS for 2008-07-10
OUR 28TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
“A worker should be given what he needs.” – Matthew 10:10
During the last quarter of 2006, the head of the Light of Jesus Community Welcome Rotonda Chapter had to go on leave. So he assigned his assistant chapter head — my husband, Ed — to serve as acting head.
Right away, we got swept into community work, which required year-end reports, plans for the coming New Year, not to mention the Christmas party scheduled on December 9. Then, I got a text message from our son Ron asking what our plan for December 10 was. I almost fell off my seat! December 10 is our wedding anniversary, and Ed and I had hardly thought about it!
Then, as if on cue, the dean in the school where I teach called and said she was sending me to a three-day educator’s conference starting December 10 in Sulo Hotel. That hotel happens to be the venue of our wedding reception and honeymoon! When I said that to the dean, she arranged for a free overnight stay for Ed and me in Sulo.
As the Gospel today puts it, “a worker should be given what he needs.” Unknown to us, at the time we were occupied doing His work for Him, God was busy planning our 28th wedding anniversary celebration.Cynthia Santiago
Put God first in your life — because you are also always first in His heart!
Lord, may I never grow weary of serving You!
Once again we are offered a very tender image upon which to meditate regarding God’s love for us all. The heart of God will always remain a mystery to us in that He has no trouble being merciful and He never holds a grudge. If only we could imitate Him in this. He also seeks and works for the best in each of our lives. If only we could do the same for others.
Hosea 11: 1-4, 8c-9
1 When Israel was a child I loved him, out of Egypt I called my son. 2 The more I called them, the farther they went from me, sacrificing to the Baals and burning incense to idols. 3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, who took them in my arms; 4 I drew them with human cords, with bands of love; I fostered them like one who raises an infant to his cheeks; Yet, though I stooped to feed my child, they did not know that I was their healer. 8 My heart is overwhelmed, my pity is stirred. 9 I will not give vent to my blazing anger, I will not destroy Ephraim again; For I am God and not man, the Holy One present among you; I will not let the flames consume you.
P S A L M
Psalm 80: 2ac and 3b, 15-16
R: Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.
2 O shepherd of Israel, hearken. From your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth. 3 Rouse your power. (R) 15 Once again, O LORD of hosts, look down from heaven, and see; take care of this vine, 16 and protect what your right hand has planted, the son of man whom you yourself made strong. (R)
G O S P E L
As a priest, I have always been fascinated by this text, “What you have received without charge, give without charge.” And here I am being paid a stipend for most of what I do. I suppose even a priest needs money to support himself. I think the challenge here is to seek to bring the Gospel to those who need to hear it with as little charge as possible, or none at all. The same goes for the Church, particularly when people cannot afford to be paying a lot of money for things like baptisms and weddings.
7 Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. 9 Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; 10 no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. 11 Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. 12 As you enter a house, wish it peace. 13 If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. 14 Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words — go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. 15 Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”
think:The heart of God will always remain a mystery to us in that He has no trouble being merciful and He never holds a grudge. If only we could imitate Him in this.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Nehemia 10-13
thE FathErhOOd OF GOd
The book of Hosea has some wonderful Scripture verses that speak of the tenderness and loving kindness of God. God is a loving Father who protects and cares for His people. Like the father who watches the very first steps of his
child, or hears the very fist words that come from the lips of the infant, God rejoices and delights in His children. God loves to love and cannot help but love. He is the “love-sick” Father. God is the Father who awaits the return of His prodigal child. God is the Father who seeks the lost.
God could have easily given up on the chosen people of Israel. The more God calls out to them, the more they scattered. The more God loved, the more they rebelled. The more God blessed, the more they rejected His goodness. Why not give up? Why not destroy them with His wrath? God says through the prophet Hosea that He is God and not man. While man gives into his anger, punishes, and is conditional in his love and mercy, God’s love is unconditional and eternal. The heart of God is stirred to respond in love, to save, to redeem.
Have you ever held an infant to your cheek? Have you poured your affection upon your loved ones? Have you ever stooped down to embrace and heal the wounds of the one who fell and was injured? What parent is moved within, stirred in the heart to respond to the needs of the child. That is the love that moves God. God is like that parent who feeds, nourishes, protects and nurtures a child. I am reminded of the touching scene in the Passion of the Christ where in His journey to Calvary, Jesus falls and His mother who stood nearby recalled the young Jesus who fell on the ground. His mother runs to her injured child. See what haste His mother made to comfort her Son. Any parent will understand this. God is our Father who runs to meet us in our needs, who, in fact, anticipates our every need. Fr. Brian Steele
Am Do I recognize God as Father? Have I accepted His unconditional love?
LGod, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I acknowledge You as my Father. I honor and praise You for making me Your own. Hold me in Your arms of love, heal me from my fears as I place my trust in You. Amen.
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