READINGS for 2008-08-12
THROUGH A CLEAR GLASS
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones…” – Matthew 18:10
As soon as the light turned red and our car stopped, like a bolt of lightning, the young girl, perhaps seven years old, threw a pint of soapy water onto our car window. She then began to wipe, scrub and bubble away. It was in the middle of the road on a cool December night. But I was not cool. She caught me by surprise. And the other kids, wearing wet, soiled clothes were running around with buckets and foams.
Despite my growing impatience, I was drawn to this girl. She could have been in a school Christmas party this moment, I thought. Or perhaps having the time of her life in Enchanted Kingdom. But she was here. When she cleaned my window, I looked into her eyes. Was that sorrow? The light turned green when she begged for my half empty cup of cola. There was no time and cars behind us were honking. As we started to move, I stared through the now crystal-clear glass before me.
All of a sudden, I felt a little empty. I missed my chance to bless one of God’s little ones.Lallaine Gogna
Do I love those who need love the most?
Teach me to love the littlest ones, Lord. Show them to me. Bring me to them. Amen.
The scroll Ezekiel eats is as sweet as honey to symbolize the sweetness of the Lord’s words to His people. No matter what the Lord says to us, His words should taste sweet to our hearts as they always call us deeper into His love. Even if they are words of challenge or correction, they are still sweet as deeper conversion to the Lord will result if we heed them.
8 The Lord God said to me: As for you, son of man, obey me when I speak to you, be not rebellious like this house of rebellion, but open your mouth and eat what I shall give you. 9 It was then I saw a hand stretched out to me, in which was a written scroll 10 which he unrolled before me. It was covered with writing front and back, and written on it was lamentation and wailing and woe! 3: 1 He said to me: Son of man, eat what is before you; eat this scroll, then go, speak to the house of Israel. 2 So I opened my mouth and he gave me the scroll to eat. 3 Son of man, he then said to me, feed your belly and fill your stomach with this scroll I am giving you. I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. He said: 4 Son of man, go now to the house of Israel, and speak my words to them.
P S A L M
Psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131
R: How sweet to my taste is your promise!
14 In the way of your decrees I rejoice, as much as in all riches. (R) 24 Yes, your decrees are my delight; they are my counselors. (R) 72 The law of your mouth is to me more precious than thousands of gold and silver pieces. (R) 103 How sweet to my palate are your promises, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (R) 111 Your decrees are my inheritance forever; the joy of my heart they are. (R) 131 I gasp with open mouth in my yearning for your commands. (R)
G O S P E L
It is always with pleasure that I watch children playing well together. There is something of the joy of the Lord in their innocence and the way they just seem to get on with enjoying life no matter what might be going on around their families or in the world. Jesus reminds His disciples that this is the sort of attitude we should bring with us when we come into the presence of God.
Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
1 The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a child over, placed it in their midst, 3 and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me. 10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.  11 12 What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? 13 And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. 14 In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”
think:No matter what the Lord says to us, His words should taste sweet to our hearts as they always call us deeper into His love.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Job 26-29
tiCkEt tO hEavEn?
“Entering” is the verb for today. Jesus tells us that unless we change and become like little children we will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Who does not want to enter heaven?
Jesus warns His disciples then and us today that we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven without changing our hearts and acquiring childlike trust in God. Conversion from sin must lead to total faith in God who is a Father waiting to give us His kingdom. It is not true that there is no admission ticket to heaven. There is! Faith. Unless we
have complete trust in God we will never enter His heaven.
Do you have your ticket with you always?Fr. Bobby Titco
Faith is my ticket to heaven.
You gratuitously offer heaven to us, O God. Thank You. Let me not miss my chance to enter it. Increase my faith, purify my love, and confirm my hope. Amen.
St. Euplius, martyr, pray for us.
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