READINGS for 2008-10-06

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

 

ARE YOu tRuLY IN LOvE?
 
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27
 
For two years, I dated this very nice guy. We enjoyed each other’s company and we were happy for a while. However, it came to the point when I felt the need to ask where the relationship was headed and if I really had a special place in his heart. With sadness in his eyes he said, “You are very special to me but I am not ready for a commitment.”
 
True love is not just a feeling; it’s a commitment. And a commitment is when we keep on doing what we promised to do even when it goes against our own interest. It’s easy to say we love God but do we really mean it when we are faced with trials? Do we follow His will even if it’s totally against the desires of our heart?
We must not respond to God’s wholehearted love in a half-hearted manner. Loving God is not just something that we say with our lips. It’s something that we demonstrate with what we do with our lives as we live out His commands. Jane Gonzales
 
REFLECTION:
Love has to find a way to demonstrate itself. Do not let anything control you other than the love for the Lord and the desire to fulfill His will in your life.
 
Merciful Father, help us to grow in our love for You and find more satisfaction and joy in Your Presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
 
COMPANION

 

1st READING
 
Paul is a straight shooter! He does not take long to raise the issue that gives rise to this letter to the Galatians. I hope each of us has friends in our lives who will act similarly if we start to stray from the Lord’s path. Such forthrightness should be seen as a blessing and gift, and we should welcome it as difficult as that may be at times. No one likes to be corrected as it hurts our pride. But better to be corrected and returned to the path of truth than to wander off into the depths of sin!
 
Galatians :6-
6 Brothers and sisters: I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you by the grace of Christ for a different gospel 7 (not that there is another). But there are some who are disturbing you and wish to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach [to you] a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed! 9 As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed! 10 Am I now currying favor with human beings or God? Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ. 11 Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin. 12 For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm : b- , 7-8, 9 and 0c
R: The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
1 I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart in the company and assembly of the just. 2 Great are the works of the LORD, exquisite in all their delights. (R) 7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; sure are all his precepts, 8 reliable forever and ever, wrought in truth and equity. (R) 9 He has sent deliverance to his people; he has ratified his covenant forever; holy and awesome is his name. 10 His praise endures forever. (R)
 
G O S P E L
 
 
The story of the Good Samaritan is another one of the parables that we are in danger of ignoring due to over-familiarity. This is a great pity as we live in the world at a time of great tension between different peoples, religions and cultures. Only when we learn to respect all men and women, and treat them with a true sense of equality and brotherhood, will we be able to overcome the vast differences in culture and belief. This is, of course, a two-way reality. While we can love others as our brothers, the full effect of this love will only come when it is reciprocated.
 
Luke 0: - 7
25 There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” 27 He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” 29 But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. 32 Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. 33 But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. 34 He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. 35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’ 36 Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” 37 He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
 
my reflections
think: Only when we learn to respect all men and women, will we be able to overcome the vast differences in culture and belief.
 
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Wisdom 13-15
 
 
SABBATH

 

VIGILANCE IS THE KEY TO FAITHFULNESS
 
Paul finds it difficult to believe how quickly the Christians in Galatia have returned to old ways of acting, and are following something other than the Gospel he preached to them. In my 14 years as a priest, I can say that I have felt exactly the same thing, but that was many years ago. I have come to learn a little bit more about human nature and the way that it seems to be able to veer away from truth and embrace something less than the whole truth.
Some might blame this tendency upon the after effects of Original Sin but dare I say that this seems to me to be a little simplistic? There is more to it than that. Jesus has given us victory over sin and called us to live the truth (no one knows this more than Paul) and we have the grace to stay on the right path and not be deceived by sin. We have choices to make, and in the words of Shakespeare, “Aye, there’s the rub!” We too easily look for excuses to hide or camouflage our poor choices. Let us embrace the truth and admit the fact that we often choose unwisely, and that is the reason we fall back into the ways of sin.
Discipleship is the key to a holy life. We must be willing to submit our lives to the scrutiny and direction of the Holy Spirit. Without making this choice, there is no way that anyone will be able to follow the path of God’s will. It is only in the grace and power of the Spirit that holiness becomes a possibility (see Romans 8). It is all about choices: we can choose to walk in the ways of God, and avoid the temptations of sin, or we can choose otherwise. Maybe concupiscence, the remnant of Original Sin has a part to play here, but I still believe we have a choice.
Holiness is a possibility if we surrender our lives to the grace of the Holy Spirit because this will enable us to make the right choices more easily. I need all the help I can to choose well. What about you? Fr. Steve Tynan
 
Reflection Question:
How active am I in placing my life under the grace and power of the Holy Spirit?
 
Lord Jesus, help me to surrender my life more deeply to the power of the Holy Spirit so that I will experience daily the grace of conversion and discipleship.
 
Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, virgin, pray for us.
 



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