READINGS for 2008-10-02

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



Memorial of the Guardian Angels
... my own eyes, not another’s, shall behold him... – Job 19:26
I just came from watching a classroom of toddlers perform a dance number for a special program. I was quite impressed with some kids who performed with perfect timing and gusto.
When I traced their line of vision, I discovered why these kids stood out. They were looking directly at their teacher who was gesturing right along with the music. The other kids simply didn’t pay attention or chose to do their own thing so they didn’t do their presentations well.
It reminds me that as Christians, we have to keep our eyes on our Great Teacher, Jesus Christ. We have to follow all He does and never assume that we already know what we’re doing. That way, we can go through life with correct actions and perfect confidence. Who knows, maybe we can even inspire others to follow Him! Cecil
Do you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and follow His every action?
Thank You, Lord, for showing me what to do.


The Feast of the Guardian Angels is a constant reminder to us of God’s desire to be a part of every aspect of our life. Our Guardian Angel has been given to us to help preserve us from sin, and to be a guide and protector as we seek to put God’s will in place in our lives. It is not that He can over-rule our freewill – He cannot, but He will do what He can to direct us away from sin and danger, and closer to the heart and mind of God for our lives.
Exodus 23: 20-23 (or Job 19: 21-27)
20 “See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared. 21 Be attentive to him and heed his voice. Do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your sin. My authority resides in him. 22 If you heed his voice and carry out all I tell you, I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes. 23 “My angel will go before you and bring you to the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites; and I will wipe them out.
Psalm 91: 1-2, 3-4ab, 4c-6, 10-11 (or Psalm 27:7-8a, 8b-9abc, 13-14)
R: The Lord has put angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.
1 You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, 2 Say to the LORD, “My refugeand my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (R) 3 For he will rescue you from the snare of the fowler, from the destroying pestilence. 4 With his pinions he will cover you, and under his wings you shall take refuge. (R) His faithfulness is a buckler and a shield. 5 You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day; 6 nor the pestilence that roams in darkness nor the devastating plague at noon. (R) 10 No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near your tent, 11 for to his angels he has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways. (R)
The whole idea of Guardian Angels may seem to smack of a certain paternalism and inability to allow us to be free in the choices we make. Nothing could be less true! God, realizing our propensity to sin, decided to give each of us a companion to help us remain true to Him. It is out of love for us that God assigned us a Guardian Angel. We are free to befriend him or reject him according to our humility and willingness to accept all the help we are given to be God’s disciple.
Matthew 18: 1-5, 10 (or Luke 10: 1-12 )
1 The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a child over, placed it in their midst, 3 and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me. 10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.
my reflections
think: It is out of love for us that God assigned us a Guardian Angel.

God’s special verse/thought for me today________________

Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________


I think the above question is one of the most difficult we will ever have to answer. The concept of “true greatness” seems to indicate that the answer we are looking for here will have some sort of universal significance. It is the use of the word “true” that gives it this extra character. “True greatness” is probably a description that we can apply to a person whose significance to the world has been universal. If this is the case, perhaps only Jesus Christ can be called “truly great” as it is only through Him that we can have eternal life.
Perhaps those who have made scientific advances that served all the people of the world would also fall into this category, but the salvific work of Jesus is greater still because it is offered to us free. Enough said about the debate regarding greatness though. What is more important is that each try to emulate the greatness of Jesus as we live as His disciples. One of the aspects of Jesus’ greatness is His commitment to live a life of service to others. There is nothing stopping any of us from doing that. Even if it is true that our greatness will never reach the heights as that of Jesus, we can still seek to imitate aspects of His greatness.
This is what Jesus is encouraging us to do as He exhorts us to be like little children in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It is always a timely reminder for us that making judgments in the world are often very different to those in the Kingdom of God. The world seeks to exalt the individual and his or her needs whereas the Kingdom of Heaven is focused upon humility and service. If we take on too much of the thinking of the world, we will find it next to impossible to understand and comply with the demands of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus knows this temptation and so He often reminds His disciples to grow in humility, service and the knowledge of God and His ways. Fr. Steve Tynan
Reflection Question:
What are the things that determine the “greatness” of a person? Do I see greatness from a biblical point of view?
Father, You are not concerned with how we measure up to the values of the world. Your concern is that we prepare ourselves well for Heaven.
St. Leger, blessed and martyr, pray for us.

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