READINGS for 2008-10-22

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

 

ALL thE smALL thINGs
 
It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. – Ephesians 3:7 (The Message)
 
When I graduated from college, I had absolutely no idea where I wanted to go in life. All I knew was that I’d do whatever God told me to do. What was it? I told myself I’d figure it out.
Different companies called me a few months after graduation and because I didn’t know exactly where to start with my career, I just went to all interviews. There were some that kind of scared me because of the job description, some that made me dread working because of the possible workload and some that seemed just like the perfect job.
There was one particular job I liked but the promised call didn’t come. I felt lost again and decided to apply to other companies and forget about the one that got away. Just as I was losing hope, the company called and informed me that they had a job offer for me. Before I knew it, everything was fixed and I was working!
It’s true that when we do what God asks us to do, He takes in all the little details and makes everything work out for our best. Tina Matanguihan
 
REFLECTION:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
 
Surprise me, Lord.
 
COMPANION

 

1ST READING
 
Paul accepts that the role he has to play in evangelization is but one among many. It is important to realize that though each of us has a unique and important part to play in God’s overall plan of salvation, it is just a thread in the tapestry of life. There are many others with whom we must work to provide the greatest benefit for the work of the Kingdom of God. Let us not be ‘picky and choosy’ about what God calls us to do but get on with it like the obedient disciples we claim to be.
 
Ephesians 3: 2-12
2 Brothers and sisters: You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for your benefit, 3 namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly earlier. 4 When you read this you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to human beings in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, 6 that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 7 Of this I became a minister by the gift of God’s grace that was granted me in accord with the exercise of his power. 8 To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery hidden from ages past in God who created all things, 10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the principalities and authorities in the heavens. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness of speech and confidence of access through faith in him.
 
P S A L M
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
R: You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
2 God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD, and he has been my savior. 3 With joy you will draw water at the fountain of salvation. (R) 4 Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name; among the nations make known his deeds, proclaim how exalted is his name. (R) 5 Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement; let this be known throughout all the earth. 6 Shout with exultation, O city of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel! (R)
 
G O S P E L
 
There are many passages where Jesus teaches us about discipleship and none of them can be too comforting to us unless we are “pulling our weight,” so to speak, in obedience to His call. Jesus is quite clear that to be a disciple is to take on responsibility in the proclamation of the Gospel. Are we willing to give the time and effort necessary to carry them out? If not, then it is time to get serious about our faith commitment, and decide where we really stand with the Gospel.
 
Luke 12:39-48
39 Jesus said to his disciples: “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” 41 Then Peter said, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” 42 And the Lord replied, “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute [the] food allowance at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. 47 That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; 48 and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
 
my reflections
think: To be a disciple is to take on responsibility in the proclamation of the Gospel.
 
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Isaiah 1-4
 
 
SABBATH

 

BEING GOOD STEWARDS OF THE GRACE OF GOD
 
Whether we like it or not, we all have responsibility for the graces God has given us. This means we have to discern how to use these graces not just for our own benefit but for the good of the Kingdom of God. The author of the Letter to the Ephesians reminds them how Paul has exercised stewardship of the graces of God for their benefit.
This is why the community of faith has grown strongly. It is now up to each member of the community to respond accordingly and do the same. This is also true for us today. In the midst of the secular world we live in this can be quite difficult as the focus seems to be strongly placed upon “looking after one’s own interests above and beyond all else.” This is good only to a limited extent in that if everyone only focuses upon themselves, then we will all lose out in the end due to lack of cooperation. If everyone is only interested in the biggest prize at a competition and shuns everything else, then there will only be one winner. If you remember the film “A Beautiful Mind” depicting the story of Nobel Prize winner John Nash (I think produced in 1994), you will remember that it was this problem that inspired his work that won him the prize.
For example, if only one person can marry a particular woman amongst a group of men, then each man, realizing this truth will seek to optimize his chances for marriage by being open to and by seriously considering other options. Nash worked out a series of formulae and equations that could be applied to different circumstances and helped apply this principle to the business world and so on.
If we are smart, we will realize that this principle applies to the distribution of the graces of God as well. Together we have it all; alone we only have access to a very limited amount of God’s grace. As we seek to be good stewards of the grace God has given us, let us endeavor to cooperate with those around us as we bring our gifts and talents into the service of the Kingdom of God. Fr. Steve Tynan
 
Reflection Question:
Do I work well with others or do I find it difficult to share what I have? What ways can I contribute more to my community of faith?
 
Holy Spirit, help me to realize and act upon the truth that in sharing my gifts with others, I will actually gain more than I lose as others will also share with me their own gifts.
 
Blessed Alix Le Cleroq, pray for us.
 



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