READINGS for 2008-09-15

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

 

Memorial of our lady of Sorrows
 
WONDER WORKER
 
The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him. – Luke 2:33
 
In the Psalms, He is the Good Shepherd. In the book of Isaiah, He is the Prince of Peace. In the book of James, He is the Healer. These are just some of Jesus’ many titles. But His names take on a new meaning when they become true in your life. For example, if He has lightened your problems in life, you will now call Him the Burden Bearer, a name you will find in the book of Amos. Our worship becomes more intimate as we call Him by these terms of endearment.
To me, He is Wonder Worker because of the big and small miracles He does in my life. Once, in Hong Kong, I was overjoyed over a pair of sunglasses I bought because of its compact size. The next day, at Disneyland, I lost it. My husband said to give up looking for it because there were too many people and it would be impossible to find it. Nonetheless, I prayed that it would be found.
Later in the afternoon, as I passed by the theater we visited earlier in the morning, I made an inquiry. Yes, they had found a pair of sunglasses. God is truly wondrous! Donna España
 
REFLECTION:
Do you still believe in miracles? Call on the Wonder Worker and believe it will happen in your life.
 
Lord, I trust in You at all times, even when things go wrong.
 
COMPANION

 

1st READING
 
Suffering is an integral part of human experience in this life. The very nature of sin is the cause of this in that along with sin there is always human suffering. It is impossible to sin without causing some sort of suffering. The challenge we face is to direct our suffering in a positive direction. Suffering in itself is not a good thing; it is not a part of God’s plan for humanity. However, in the suffering of Christ we have the source of an answer to human suffering. He directs his suffering in intercession of our salvation. This is what we should also do when we suffer.
 
Hebrews 5:7-9 (or 1 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33)
7 In the days when he was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; 9 and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 31:2 and 3b, 3cd-4, 5-6, 15-16, 20 (or Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17)
R: Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.
1 [2] In you, O LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me, 2 [3] make haste to deliver me! (R) Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety. 3 [4] You are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me. (R) 4 [5] You will free me from the snare they set for me, for you are my refuge. 5 [6] Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God. (R) 14 [15] But my trust is in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” 15 [16] In your hands is my destiny; rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors. (R) 19 [20] How great is the goodness, O LORD, which you have in store for those who fear you, and which, toward those who take refuge in you, you show in the sight of children of men. (R)
 
G O S P E L
 
Mary knew the greatest suffering a woman can know, watching the death of her only child for a crime of which she knew he was innocent. Yet Mary never despairs. Her faith is too deep to fall for this trap. Let us learn from her example that suffering is never the end point of a situation but always the opportunity for something greater – a greater trust in God’s love; an opportunity to intercede for others’ salvation; the options are numerous.
 
John 19:25-27 (Luke 2:33-35 or Luke 7:1-10)
25 Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
 
my reflections
think:Suffering is never the end point of a situation but always the opportunity for something greater – a greater trust in God’s love.
 
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Psalm 126-130
 
 
SABBATH

 

sOrrOWs MadE UsEFUl
 
On this day, right after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, we remember and honor the Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows. With the sacrifice her Son underwent in Calvary, a sword truly pierced her heart. It shouldn’t be difficult indeed for us to picture our Blessed Mother as someone who is sorrowful, suffering with her son Jesus and with us, too. As a mother, she doesn’t just helplessly watch us in our hardships, doing nothing at all; nay, she is there right beside us, assisting us in our difficulties and pains.
For our part, we accept the fact that such sufferings and difficulties are somehow “givens” in life. We really just have to face them, take them, and make them work for us. The great Filipino Jesuit priest Fr. Horacio de la Costa used to say, “If you plan your life on the principle that suffering is to be avoided at all costs, you will fail.”
And fail miserably, we may add. It just can’t be done. We might as well admit it, early on, from the very start. Regarding this, popular writer M. Scott Peck says, “Life is difficult, and the sooner we acknowledge this and go on living the best we can, the better.”
Therefore, the problem is not why pain is and much less, how to avoid pain. The real problem is how to use pain, how to profit by it. In other words, we must learn the uses of hardship, suffering, and pain. In the case of Jesus and Mary, they both had their moment in Calvary. They are, for us, striking examples of suffering made useful, sorrows accepted, and consequently, made positive and even constructive. Fr. Martin Macasaet
 
Reflection Question:
Do you dislike trials and difficulties in life?
 
Enable me, Lord, to see the good in my difficulties, and to use these trials that I may profit from them.
 
St. Aprus, bishop, pray for us.
 



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