READINGS for 2008-10-21

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

 

REmAINING AWAKE
 
“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes…” – Luke 12:37
 
The altar in our living room has different images and pictures of Mama Mary as Our Lady of Fatima, of Consolation, of Perpetual Help, of Guadalupe and the Immaculate Heart. She is also there in the Holy Family and the Twin Hearts.
That was mommy’s prayer corner when she was alive. She told me she placed them all there on purpose to help her concentrate when she prays the rosary.
Hats off to whoever does not get distracted in prayer. Like mom, we need to be creative, imaginative, resourceful, not to mention disciplined, to persevere in our prayer life and Christian life. We know how weak the flesh is, how attractive the world is, and how cunning the devil can be. One text message I received says it aptly, “Every single day is a constant tug-of-war between doing what is right and doing what you want….”
May we be energized by today’s verse to remain steadfast in living good Christian lives… until the Master returns. Cristy Galang
 
REFLECTION:
What are my safeguards from backsliding in my Christian life?
 
Protect me, Lord, and keep me faithful to You to the end.
 
COMPANION

 

1st READING
 
The community in Ephesus is obviously largely Gentile in that Paul reminds them that they once had no claim on God at all as they did not believe in Him. Having come under the grace of faith and salvation, they should be forever grateful for the work God has done to get them there. This is equally true of all of us. It is only by the free gift of God’s grace that we have received salvation. We can claim no part of this except to be grateful that God has worked in our lives.
 
Ephesians 2: 12-22
12 Brothers and sisters: You were at that time without Christ, alienated from the community of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, 15 abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, 18 for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. 21 Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; 22 in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 85:9ab-10, 11-12, 13- 14
R: The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
8 [9] I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD-for he proclaims peace. 9 [10] Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land. (R) 10 [11] Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. 11 [12] Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven. (R) 12 [13] The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. 13 [14] Justice shall walk before him, and salvation, along the way of his steps. (R)
 
G O S P E L
 
Jesus often reminds us through parables that the faithful servant is always alert to the needs of his master. This is why we have to develop a disciplined life of prayer and reading the Scriptures. In this way, we will be able to recognize the movement of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and be ready to change direction with Him! A good disciple will always be where his master is and this is what we should all aspire to be! Let us pray daily and read the Scriptures often in order to be a good disciple.
 
Luke 12:35-38
35 Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps 36 and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. 38 And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.”
 
my reflections
think:A good disciple will always be where his master is and this is what we should all aspire to be.
 
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God’s special verse/thought for me today________________
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T O D A Y ’ S BLESSING LIST
Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Sirach 50-51
 
SABBATH

 

LIGHT AND DARKNESS
 
The image of light and darkness as contrasting paths in life is a very strong one in the Scriptures. Today, we are exhorted to “have our lamps lit” in preparation for the arrival of the bridegroom. What might this mean? We are reminded to ensure that we are ready for the arrival of Jesus in our lives whenever He might choose to come. I am not sure what the scholars come up with on this text but let us go with this interpretation.
As disciples of Jesus, each of us is obliged to listen to the call of God on our lives. We should discern how, when and where God is calling us to serve in His Kingdom. This is not some sort of minor commitment that we are being called to make — our lives are at stake here. God is calling each of us to a lifetime in His service. Do you know what your role in His plan is? I tend to think that there are very few people these days who honestly place their life before God and tell Him to “write the script.” More often than not, we decide on a career and then we fit God in that commitment.
I am not saying that this is wrong. But perhaps such a position limits the ability of God to get the fullest faith commitment from you that He might have been able to get if He had been consulted regarding one’s life commitment. It is not an easy thing to put one’s life at the disposal of God. My experience in following the call of priesthood has been a constant series of challenges where I have had to choose between placing my will or God’s will to the fore. I am a sinner and I will freely tell you that I have not always succeeded in keeping God’s will top priority, hence the sin in my life. However, I think all of us need to look more closely at the place we give to the voice of God in the discernment of life’s direction. Fr. Steve Tynan
 
Reflection Question:
When was the last time I consulted God about the direction my career or studies are going? Do I think it is time to do so now?
 
Holy Spirit, I know in my head, but it is very difficult to move the truth to my heart that whatever God’s will is for me, that is the best thing for me to do. Help me to surrender my life to His will today and for the rest  of my life.
 
St. Hilarion, abbot and disciple of St. Anthony the Great, pray for us.
 



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