READINGS for 2008-09-09
Wouldn’t it be far better to just take it, to let yourselves be wronged and forget it? – 1 Corinthians 6:7 (The Message)
If there was anyone in my family that I almost always argue with, it would be my mom. My mom and I are both strong-minded people (I love you Ma!) that we tend to rub each other the wrong way at times. Back when I was younger, we used to argue at least once every two months. It was usually about my mess, something I said, my laziness and sometimes even about my so-called love life!
If you noticed a pattern with the causes I mentioned, the arguments are usually my fault. I admit that now, of course, now that I’m older and more mature. But back then? No way would I admit that I was wrong! I would stand my ground until I was tired from arguing and crying to prove my point. I realize now that I could have avoided all those tears and arguments if I backed down. It’s not just about conflict avoidance, but taking the peaceful way, especially when I know that I am wrong. It’s not about being weak, but being humble enough to listen to the other party and accept the fact that you have to change. Tina Matanguihan
Annoyed? Pissed off? Remember that fighting in your defense is not always the best thing to do.
Lord, help me to know when to speak up and when to back down.
Once again, Paul is critical of the way the Corinthians have taken to secular means to resolve disputes within the life of the community. He is horrified that members of the community are suing one another in court. Does not the bond of love that exists between members of the community count for more than this, and thus enable two people to work out their disputes in a far more amicable manner? Perhaps this challenge of Paul is equally applicable today?
1 Corinthians 6:1-11
1 Brothers and sisters: How can any one of you with a case against another dare to bring it to the unjust for judgment instead of to the holy ones? 2 Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world? If the world is to be judged by you, are you unqualified for the lowest law courts? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? Then why not everyday matters? 4 If, therefore, you have courts for everyday matters, do you seat as judges people of no standing in the church? 5 I say this to shame you. Can it be that there is not one among you wise enough to be able to settle a case between brothers? 6 But rather brother goes to court against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 Now indeed [then] it is, in any case, a failure on your part that you have lawsuits against one another. Why not rather put up with injustice? Why not rather let yourselves be cheated? 8 Instead, you inflict injustice and cheat, and this to brothers. 9 Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 That is what some of you used to be; but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
P S A L M
Psalm 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b
R: The Lord takes delight in his people.
1 Sing to the LORD a new song of praise in the assembly of the faithful. 2 Let Israel be glad in their maker, let the children of Zion rejoice in their king. (R) 3 Let them praise his name in the festive dance, let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp. 4 For the LORD loves his people, and he adorns the lowly with victory. (R) 5 Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy upon their couches; 6 let the high praises of God be in their throats. 9 This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia. (R)
G O S P E L
As we seek to make important decisions in our lives, do we include the opinion of Jesus in them? Do we seek to apply biblical principles in our decision-making? Or do we have the attitude: “This is my life and my decision and I will make it by myself.” Maybe we think we have the right to this sort of attitude but there is a fundamental flaw in our reasoning. Is our life really for us to do with as we please? Is not our life a gift from God? Are we not dependent upon Jesus for the gift of salvation?
12 Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. 13 When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. 17 And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon 18 came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. 19 Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.
think:As we seek to make important decisions in our lives, do we include the opinion of Jesus in them?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Psalm 105-106
PrayinG in CrUCial MOMEnts
Have you ever experienced praying with so much earnestness as you must have done faced with critical moments in life? In today’s Gospel, we see that Jesus did too, as “He spent the night in prayer to God,” before He chose the men who would work closely with Him to establish God’s reign on earth.
Of course, it would be too bad if we will pray so earnestly only when problems and difficulties come. But perhaps critical situations in life are in a way also good for us. For one thing, they remind us of our helplessness, and that we ought to depend not on ourselves but on no other than God alone. Sometimes, it truly takes a crisis moment for us to realize these things. Maybe even such trials and troubles will transform us and make us into better persons. Who knows if through earnest prayer and trust in God, we eventually become instruments to others, too? It was probably least in the minds of the Twelve Apostles that Jesus would one day call and choose them to be His closest collaborators. Imagine a Peter, thinking and protesting: “Me, a mere fisherman?” Or a Matthew: “Of all people, why me, a tax-collector?” And a Simon the Zealot: “Shouldn’t I rather fight for the Israelite nation than for God’s Kingdom?” (Of course, in the case of Judas Iscariot, it’s another story.)
See the wonders of God’s transforming power? In our case, we too in all probability wouldn’t realize what strength, goodness, and holiness lie hidden within us, just waiting to be tapped. That is what God sees in us, in fact — and that’s why He calls and chooses us still. And the crisis moments are just the “triggers” to unlock or open such reserves.
And so, let us pray if we must, let us pray by all means. Especially when crucial moments are at hand. We’ll be surprised that just as “power came forth from [Jesus],” there too will come out an extraordinary potential from us, thanks to God’s grace. Fr. Martin Macasaet
Have crisis moments triggered you to become better? What do you realize in this?
Sometimes, Lord, I underestimate the power You have in my life. Forgive me, Lord. May trials show me how strong I am in You.
St. Omer, bishop, pray for us.
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