READINGS for 2008-08-22

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

 

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 
HEART, SOUL, mIND
 
“You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with all your mind.” – Matthew 22:37
 
“Love the Lord, your God, with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.” That’s how the commandment above was translated in The Message Bible. It used specific words to describe heart, soul and mind.
First is passion for the heart. Whenever I see my friend Greg serving in Gawad Kalinga, I can see his love for God because I know he is truly passionate about the poor. When we dive headfirst into something we are passionate about, we are loving God.
Next is prayer for the soul. Our soul is the one that we need to connect to God the most. Prayers make this connection that our soul longs for possible. As our prayers focus on Him more than ourselves, our love for God shows.
Last is intelligence for the mind. Whenever I take time to learn something new, I know God is smiling because He likes it when I use my mind. No matter how hard the problem is, I know that the time I take to think of a solution is a way of showing God I love Him. Loving God is not merely saying “I love You” to Him, but making use of what we have to show Him our love. Tina Matanguihan
 
REFLECTION:
“This is for You, for all You’ve done for me, ‘coz I wanted to show You how much You mean my God.”
 
Dear Lord, help me to love You with everything that You have given me.
 
COMPANION

 

1st READING
 
In celebrating the Queenship of Mary we really celebrate the Kingship of Jesus as well. He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords who has come as the great light into our world. He has saved us from darkness, death and sin. Mary is who she is, our Queen and our Mother, because of Jesus. We venerate Mary today because of the wondrous things that God has done through her and we seek to imitate her obedience.
 
Isaiah 9:1-6 (or Ezekiel 37:1-14)
1 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. 2 You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, as they rejoice before you as at the harvest, as men make merry when dividing spoils. 3 For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, and the rod of their taskmaster you have smashed, as on the day of Midian. 4 For every boot that tramped in battle, every cloak rolled in blood, will be burned as fuel for flames. 5 For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him: Wonder-counselor, God-hero, Father-forever, Prince of Peace. 6 His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, from David’s throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains by judgment and justice, both now and forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (or Psalm 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9)
R: Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.
1 Praise, you servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. 2 Blessed be the name of the LORD both now and forever. (R) 3 From the rising to the setting of the sun is the name of the LORD to be praised. 4 High above all nations is the LORD; above the heavens is his glory. (R) 5 Who is like the LORD, our God, who is enthroned on high 6 and looks upon the heavens and the earth below? (R) 7 He raises up the lowly from the dust; from the dunghill he lifts up the poor 8 to seat them with princes, with the princes of his own people. (R)
 
G O S P E L
 
Mary is our Mother in faith. She is a tremendous model and example of faith to us. Mary believes and places her trust in God, even though she does not understand how God can do what He has promised to do in her. Mary, my Mother and my Queen, help me to trust in your Son, and may the Holy Spirit overshadow me as He overshadowed you.
 
Luke 1:26-38 (or Matthew 22:34-40)
26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, 33 and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” 35 And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. 36 And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; 37 for nothing will be impossible for God.” 38 Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
 
my reflections
think: Mary is our Mother in faith. She is a tremendous model and example of faith to us.
 
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Psalm 29-32
 
 

 

SABBATH

 QUEEnshiP OF Mary

 
What does it mean to say that Mary is queen?
This means that she is full of grace. She is not only graceful in her ways, but also grace-filled in every way. Her thoughts, words, and deed are like a clean window where light passes through. That light is what grace is all about. Just as the light does not belong to the window but passes through it, so is grace from God that passes through Mary. It fills her whole being so much so that she can dispense it to others.
To say that Mary is queen means that the Lord is with her. She is an ally of the Lord. She is His most faithful ally and, thus, highly favored. She is made queen. It is the Lord who first considers her queen. She is His mother and so she is queen.
To say that Mary is queen means that she is the handmaid of the Lord, ever obedient to His will. Her queenship is not about lording over others. Hers is a queenship that best exemplifies the kind of lordship that Jesus teaches His disciples: “The greatest among you should serve the least.” She is queen – the first and perfect disciple of Jesus.
What does it mean to say that Mary is queen? It means that she is full of grace, that the Lord is with her, and that she is the handmaid of the Lord.
Now what does it mean to celebrate her queenship? It means that we love her, emulate her, and venerate her.
We did not make Mary queen. God did. Let us celebrate! Fr. Bobby Titco
 
Reflection Question:
Mary was made queen for us and not for herself.
 
 
 
Mary, my queen and mother, I give you my heart in exchange for yours, with which I shall love Jesus, your Son and our King, for all eternity. Amen.
 
St. Sigfrid, deacon, pray for us.
 



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