READINGS for 2008-07-16
“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.” – Matthew 11:25
At the start of the year, we introduced a monthly Bible study in our business operation. At the close of the year, during the Christmas season, we made our Christmas programs Scripture-based. Instead of simply raffling out gifts, we had contests and games using their knowledge of Bible verses, characters and events. But the happiest contest was when we had groups dramatize different Bible stories.
In the process of preparing for the presentations, the employees became childlike in their attitude. They received instructions freely, emoted feelings without inhibitions and played their parts like children. The preparations yielded good results for our business. It brought the employees closer to each other but, more importantly, it brought them closer in their relationship tothe Father.
Being childlike means putting our dependence on God and trusting Him without reservation, knowing that whatever we pray for, the Father will give.Rolly España
Do you defer to God as our Father? He is Abba, a Father like no other.
Father in heaven, I am Your child. Come to my aid, I pray.
It is God who will bring judgment upon the unrighteous. We do not have to worry about how this will happen. We do not need to take it upon ourselves to cast judgment or seek to devise a punishment for the sins of others. Yes, the state has a responsibility to protect its citizens and thus it may be necessary to incarcerate people if they are a danger to society. However, we should not take such a choice lightly and we must always seek to reform those in our jails and not just punish them for their crimes.
Isaiah 10: 5-7, 13b- 16
5 Woe to Assyria! My rod in anger, my staff in wrath. 6 Against an impious nation I send him, and against a people under my wrath I order him to seize, plunder, carry off loot, and tread them down like the mud of the streets. 7 But this is not what he intends, nor does he have this in mind; rather, it is in his heart to destroy, to make an end of nations, not a few. 13 For he says: “By my own power I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I am shrewd. I have moved the boundaries of peoples, their treasures I have pillaged, and, like a giant, I have put down the enthroned. 14 My hand has seized like a nest the riches of nations; as one takes eggs left alone, so I took in all the earth; no one fluttered a wing, or opened a mouth, or chirped!” 15 Will the axe boast against him who hews with it? Will the saw exalt itself above him who wields it? As if a rod could sway him who lifts it, or a staff him who is not wood! 16 Therefore the Lord, the LORD of hosts, will send among his fat ones leanness, and instead of his glory there will be kindling like the kindling of fire.
P S A L M
Psalm 94: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15
R: The Lord will not abandon his people.
5 Your people, O LORD, they trample down, your inheritance they afflict. 6 Widow and stranger they slay, the fatherless they murder. (R) 7 And they say, “The LORD sees not; the God of Jacob perceives not.” 8 Understand, you senseless ones among the people; and, you fools, when will you be wise? (R) 9 Shall he who shaped the ear not hear? or he who formed the eye not see? 10 Shall he who instructs nations not chastise, he who teaches men knowledge? (R) 14 For the LORD will not cast off his people, nor abandon his inheritance; 15 but judgment shall again be with justice, and all the upright of heart shall follow it. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus’ exclamation here teaches us to come to the Lord with the heart and disposition of a child. Because a child has innate trust in his elders, particularly his parents. It is this trust God wants us to have in Him, to the point that He considers us His children. It is up to us to decide if we are willing to respond to God’s love in this way or not. I cannot see any good reason why I should not entrust all to God, so that is what I am going to try to do with my life. What about you?
Matthew 11: 25-27
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.”
think:I cannot see any good reason why I should not entrust all to God, so that is what I am going to try to do with my life. What about you?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Judith 5-8
rEJOiCE in thE lOrd
Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit forms this fruit in our lives as we open ourselves to His grace. Gandhi once said that he was attracted to Christianity if it wasn’t for Christians. He understood the truth in Christianity but he was discouraged by the way it was lived. Sometimes we walk around as joyless Christians, as though the whole world is caving in around us. In the Bible, there are over 200 references to joy. Joy should be evident in our lives as we know a Savior and Redeemer who gave us life anew.
Jesus is filled with joy in the Holy Spirit as He praises His Father in heaven. He is overjoyed that many are coming to know the Father. God is made known; this is His will. We belong to the Father. He gives being and existence to all His creation. He upholds and sustains them, enables them to act and brings them to their final end (Catholic Catechism, no. 301).
The joy of the Lord is our strength. We can rejoice always in the Lord for He has given us access to the Father. We are restored to the likeness of God. The gates of eternal life have swung open and we have life in abundance. This is a cause of great joy for us. Even though our lives are beset by many trials, we remain secure in the Lord. I once heard of an acronym for J-O-Y: J stands for Jesus, O for others and Y for you. We are to be in a personal relationship with Jesus, the center of our lives. We are filled with His love and desire to make Him known to others. By denying yourself and looking out for the interests of others in selfless service, you are blessed and have life in God.
There are many things in our lives that can bring about this joy — a newborn babe, then to watch a child take his first step and to hear him speak the first words, are a joy for family and friends. When one graduates from school or university, we rejoice in this achievement. Weddings are also joyous occasions where we celebrate the love and faithfulness of the newlywed couple. Fr. Brian Steele
What are the joyous times in my life? Recall them today and give thanks to Jesus, our source of true joy.
God of life and love, fill me with Your joy. May I rejoice in Your presence giving thanks and praise to You all my days. Amen.
St. Mary Magdalen Postel, pray for us.
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