READINGS for 2008-10-12
In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry… – Philippians 4:12
I once read a story about a little boy who loved pancakes. He enjoyed eating them to the point that he made a glutton of himself. His mother thought she would cure him of this, so one day she offered to cook all the pancakes he could eat.
That morning, she took all the flour and eggs she would need and made her son pancakes. She cooked them and he ate them. She cooked some more. He ate them all. When she was about to pour another ladle full of batter onto the hot pan, she asked her son, “Son, do you want another pancake?” He moaned and answered, “No, Mom. Actually, I don’t want the ones I’ve already had.” When will we be truly satisfied? If there is a fountain of youth, is there an ever-flowing spring of satisfaction?
In the deepest part of our soul, there is a hunger that can never be satisfied by things of this world. Only God can fill that void. St. Augustine said that our hearts will not rest until they rest in God.
The secret of satisfaction?
God alone. Lalaine Gogna
How many truly satisfied people do you know?
Let me not be deceived, Lord. Nothing in this world can truly satisfy.
The Lord’s abundance and blessings know no end. However, they are in a certain way dependent upon our faith in Him. God is restrained by our lack of faith. If we are not willing to entrust our lives to Him, He is unable to bring us into the fullness of His promises. This is an effect of freewill. God has chosen to give us a choice whether we want Him to be a part of our lives or not. This is a risk on His part, but then all love is a risk!
6 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines. 7 On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; 8 he will destroy death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces; the reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. 9 On that day it will be said “Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the LORD for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!” 10 For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.
P S A L M
Psalm 23: 1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (6cd)
R: I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; 3 he refreshes my soul. (R) He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage. (R) 5 You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (R) 6 Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come. (R)
Paul is not afraid to be all things to all people. This does not mean that he countenances sin in anyone’s life, but that he will do all that he can to understand a person’s situation, and then share the Gospel with him or her in the way he thinks most effective. No, Paul will not compromise on the truths of the Gospel, but he will seek to put them in a form that the hearer can understand. This makes a lot of sense, does it not?
Philippians 4: 12-14, 19-20
12 Brothers and sisters: I know how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need. 13 I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me. 14 Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress. 19 My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father, glory forever and ever. Amen.
G O S P E L
Matthew 22: 1-14
1 Jesus again in reply spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. 3 He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. 4 A second time he sent other servants, saying, “Tell those invited: ‘Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.’ ” 5 Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. 6 The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. 7 The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. 9 Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’ 10 The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. 11 But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. 12 He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence. 13 Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ 14 Many are invited, but few are chosen.”
think:God has chosen to give us a choice whether we want Him to be a part of our lives or not.
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GROWING INTO THE FULLNESS OF FAITH
One of the things that I notice when I read the letters of St. Paul is that he has a deep trust in the Lord. He seems to be able to “laugh off” or simply ignore any hardships, and I get a little jealous reading about it. Perhaps this is good as it will ultimately inspire me to trust the Lord completely as well. The truth that Paul expresses when he says that there is no struggle that he cannot master with the help of the Lord is something we all have to come to believe, and to believe without doubting.
Sometimes, I think the greatest challenge to our faith is the temptation to doubt in the thoroughness and fullness of the gift of salvation we have been given. The work of Christ on the cross and His resurrection, His obedience to the Father’s will, is full and complete. It is now up to us to apply it to our lives, and to live it to the full. The problem is we only live it halfheartedly and without the conviction of faith we see in the life of Paul. How we grow in that conviction I do not know. I guess the journey will take us to different paths.
As we reflect upon the faith of St. Paul, let us draw strength from his example and believe that it is possible for each of us to reach the same level of certainty as he did. Let us also realize that to reach that level of certainty will entail our paying the price of commitment to our faith over and above all other things. We cannot afford to be slack or to compromise even on the little things as this will hinder our growth in faith. Such compromise says to the Lord that we are not really willing to give our all in following Him, a notion that would be anathema to Paul and obviously not pleasing to God either. Fr. Steve Tynan
Do I believe that I can overcome all obstacles in my life with the help of God?
Holy Spirit, strengthen my faith so that I will grow in my belief and experience of Jesus’ victory over all sin in my life.
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