READINGS for 2008-09-03
THE ONE WHO CAN HEAL
At sunset, people suffering from many kinds of sickness were brought to Jesus. Laying his hands on each one, He healed them. – Luke 4:40
Arbularyo. Booze. Crime.Drugs. Sex. It’s baffling what people resort to or seek out to cure the different illnesses of their body, mind, heart and spirit. To whom do they turn to for cure of their sickness? What do they take to slip past depression and loneliness? What do they do to fight poverty and hunger? What do they do to escape their troubles? Most of the time, after a run of hits and misses, and hitting rock bottom, only then do they stumble at the hard truth.
What is the truth? That the Lord invites you to come to Him. He is waiting for you with open arms. He is the Divine Healer who will deliver you from your woes, lead you to peace, give you happiness and bring you salvation.
So what are you waiting for? Marie Franco
Do you have any illness that you can bring to the Lord? Do you believe that His hands will touch you and heal you?
My God, my Salvation, and my Deliverer!
Corinth lies at the crossroads of many trading routes, both land and sea. It is a great cosmopolitan city with many competing religions and value systems. Paul wants to ensure that such a culture is not carried into the Christian community he has founded. He wants to ensure that they all recognize that Jesus is the focus, not the preacher. What matters most is that they get on with the walk of becoming disciples of Jesus. It is of little consequence who helps or guides them in this task.
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
1 Brothers and sisters, I could not talk to you as spiritual people, but as fleshly people, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you milk, not solid food, because you were unable to take it. Indeed, you are still not able, even now, 3 for you are still of the flesh. While there is jealousy and rivalry among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving in an ordinary human way? 4 Whenever someone says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human? 5 What is Apollos, after all, and what is Paul? Ministers through whom you became believers, just as the Lord assigned each one. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. 7 Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor. 9 For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.
P S A L M
Psalm 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21
R: Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
12 Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. 13 From heaven the LORD looks down; he sees all mankind. (R) 14 From his fixed throne he beholds all who dwell on the earth, 15 he who fashioned the heart of each, he who knows all their works. (R) 20 Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and our shield, 21 for in him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus is not satisfied with a limited mission. He wants to get out to all the towns and cities around and about. Yes, He focuses upon the Jewish people because that is His target audience as given to Him by His Father. The Gentile communities will have to await further developments before becoming the focus of the mission. It is important that we focus on building a base when establishing a ministry as any mission will only be as strong as the foundation on which it is built.
38 After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her. 39 He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them. 40 At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. 41 And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Messiah. 42 At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. 43 But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” 44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
think:It is important that we focus on building a base when establishing a ministry as any mission will only be as strong as the foundation on which it is built.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Psalm 79-83
a tirElEss Ministry FOr thE lOrd
Today’s saint somehow parallels the busyness and zeal of Jesus. One of only two popes in history who were titled “the Great,” St. Gregory (540- 604) exemplified an “all-around” zeal for souls. He used the church collections to ransom captives and to help the poor. After the fall of the Roman Empire in 476, he devoted himself to protecting the people from the barbarian tribes. To him we also owe the so-called Gregorian Chant, still used in the liturgy today.
For all his greatness and unrelenting ardor, St. Gregory possessed an extraordinary humility. He called himself Servus Servorum Dei (the Servant of the Servants of God) — a title still used by the popes to date. The following excerpt from a homily of St. Gregory the Great on a passage from the book of Ezekiel shows this humility:
“I do not deny my responsibility; I recognize that I am slothful and negligent, but perhaps the acknowledgment of my fault will win me pardon from my just judge... Since I assumed the burden of pastoral care, my mind can no longer be collected; it is concerned with so many matters. I am forced to consider the affairs of the Church and of the monasteries.
I must weigh the lives and acts of individuals. I am responsible for the concerns of our citizens. I must worry about the invasions of roving bands of barbarians, and beware of the wolves who lie in wait for my flock. I must become an administrator lest the religious go in want. I must put up with certain robbers without losing patience and, at times, I must deal with them in all charity.
With my mind divided and torn to pieces by so many problems, how can I meditate or preach wholeheartedly without neglecting the ministry of proclaiming the Gospel?”
As great “multitaskers,” both St. Gregory and our Lord challenge us to be as busy and zealous for God’s reign. After all, “we are God’s co-workers.” Fr. Martin Macasaet
How busy and zealous are you for God’s kingdom? Have you allowed Jesus or some saint to motivate you to work harder for God?
Dear Lord, if St. Gregory the Great considered himself slothful, then where would that put me? But I claim the words of another great saint — St. Peter, who said, “You know everything. You know that I love You.” Help me to show You my love in a humble spirit.
Pope St. Gregory the Great, pray for us.
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