READINGS for 2008-09-26
GOD’S PERFECT TImE
“There is an appointed time for everything.”– Ecclesiastes 3:1
He wanted to buy a car. But he could only afford a second-hand. On his first attempt to search for a used vehicle, he received news from a friend. “Have you heard that the car of one of the residents living a few blocks from your home was stolen?”
“Is the Lord telling me something?” he wondered. So he postponed his search. After sometime, he looked again for a car. Just then, he heard that another vehicle was stolen near his area.
After a few months, he resumed his search. And for the third time, another vehicle was stolen … and it was his neighbor’s.
He gave up the idea of buying a car. Instead, he decided to wait for the Lord’s signal.
One day, he dropped by the office of a colleague. He was handed an envelope. It was his Christmas and birthday gift rolled into one. When he opened it, it was a check, the amount of which is good enough for a down payment for a brand new car.
It pays well to wait on the Lord. God’s timing is always perfect. We just need to be patient and trust His heart.Judith Concepcion
God is neither too late nor too early. He makes all things beautiful in His time.
I choose to wait on You Lord no matter how long it takes for I know You have prepared only the best for me.
There is a time for everything under heaven. This seems redundant as it does not add anything to what we already know, but it is amazing how often we need to be reaffirmed in truths that we would claim to know already. How often has someone told you that God loves you? It is not likely we will tire of hearing this truth. It is important that we realize that there is a time for all things; the difficulty is learning to discern when and where. There is a time for war – to fight for truth and right. How we should do this is another matter.
1 There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build. 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. 5 A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. 6 A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak. 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. 9 What advantage has the worker from his toil? 10 I have considered the task which God has appointed for men to be busied about. 11 He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without men’s ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.
P S A L M
Psalm 144:1b and 2abc, 3-4
R: Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
1 Blessed be the LORD, my rock, 2 my mercy and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, my shield, in whom I trust. (R) 3 LORD, what is man, that you notice him; the son of man, that you take thought of him? 4 Man is like a breath; his days, like a passing shadow. (R)
G O S P E L
In the direct prophecies of the Messiah in the Old Testament, few if any, speak of the Messiah having to suffer. Yes, it is there in the Servant Songs of Yhwh but scholars would not say that these are directly messianic prophecies. We interpret them to speak of Jesus today through the benefit of hindsight. Be that as it may, Jesus prepares His disciples for the worst with today’s prophecy of His suffering and death. It is a prophecythat in some ways we can apply to our own lives in that we, too, will be called to suffer and die to ourselves as we serve in His Kingdom.
18 Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 They saidin reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’ ” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Messiah of God.” 21 He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone. 22 He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
think:We, too, will be called to suffer and die to ourselves as we serve in His Kingdom.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Proverbs 24-27
a dECisivE QUEstiOn FrOM JEsUs tO Us
Our Gospel passage today from Luke has a parallel version by Matthew, but there is a noticeable difference in the Lucan version: the opening verse tells us that Jesus “was praying in solitude.” Truly, it was in such a context of prayer that Jesus put forth to His disciples the decisive question of His identity. It was always like that in the Gospel according to Luke, in fact, that in all the important decisions Jesus had to take in His life (see also Luke 6:12), they were always in the atmosphere of prayer.
After all, it was a crucial question indeed. Jesus had somehow to correct certain wrong notions about His identity as the Messiah. In the mind of typical Jews, the Messiah was a political leader, one whom they hoped would make Israel the number one nation in the world and who would catapult them into a position of power and prestige. Jesus had to re-educate the people about the true nature of the Messiah. Until He did, He could not reveal Himself as the Messiah.
For Jesus, it couldn’t be anything but a spiritual kingdom as against a material or political one. His crown was one not of gold, but of thorns. On our part, do we try to remake Jesus into our own image and likeness?
If Jesus were to pose the question right now to us, “Who do you say that I am?”, what would we answer? Perhaps we ourselves ought to arrive at our answer in the proper atmosphere of prayer, where we can truly attune ourselves to Jesus’ identity, familiarize ourselves with Him, and accept Him for who is really is and not just according to what the crowds say. It is a most personal question which He shoots to us time and again in our lives. And it is only from the innermost recesses of our hearts that our response should come, for it is there that we encounter Him in the first place: Jesus the Messiah — Him, and only Him, nobody else but Him — not John the Baptizer, not Elijah, not one of the prophets of old. Fr. Martin Macasaet
If Jesus were to pose the question right now to us, “Who do you say that I am?,” what would you answer?
You are many things to many people. Dear Lord, may my declarations of You be real in my life.
Sts. Cosmos & Damian, martyrs, pray for us.
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