READINGS for 2008-10-30

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. – Ephesians 6:18
“It’s your turn to lead,” I told Raul, my husband. “No I can’t… I’m driving. Why don’t you do it?” he replied quickly. There was a deafening silence inside the car. I was trying to pass the buck early in the morning on our way to work. I quickly snapped out of it, made the sign of the cross and we began to pray.
I don’t remember when I actually acquired the habit but I do know that I can’t start my day without praying. It’s unthinkable. It’s like taking a final exam without opening your book beforehand, or going to a wedding without your “hair and makeup” or going out on the street without your clothes on.
I always thank the Lord for the new day and for the gift of life. I remember the sick who need healing. I lift up our children, Peevee and Trina, for them to be safe, happy and successful. I pray for perseverance and humility especially at work. I pray for Raul and me to stay strong and healthy so we can keep on serving Him. And the list goes on. And then I know that it will be a good day and I am at peace. Mari Garcia
Can you ever go to war without ammunition? Let’s start our day with prayer.
Lord, I thank You for this new day. Please bless me with your love and grace. Amen.


This is a great text to reflect upon if we want to be inspired to take up the arms of a Christian warrior in the battle for his or her salvation. I hope that includes you because if it does not, then you are in trouble already and probably about to be defeated by the enemy of humanity, the devil! The devil is tireless in his efforts to draw us under his banner of sin and deceit. If we want to prevail against him we had better learn how to use the weapons we have been given – and fast!
Ephesians 6: 10-20
10 Brothers and sisters: Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. 11 Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. 13  Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. 14 So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, 15 and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones 19 and also for me, that speech may be given me to open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, so that I may have the courage to speak as I must.
Psalm 144: 1b, 2, 9- 10
R: Blessed be the Lord. My Rock!
1 Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war. (R) 2 My mercy and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, my shield, in whom I trust, who subdues peoples under me. (R) 9 O God, I will sing a new song to you; with a ten-stringed lyre I will chant your praise, 10 you who give victory to kings, and deliver David, your servant, from the evil sword. (R)
Jesus is totally unafraid of Herod and all he thinks he can do! Why is this the case? Jesus has complete trust in the will of His Father, and it is enough for Him to know that if He is faithful to that will, then all will be well in the end. The only real battles sin can win are the initial ones. Because if faith in God is involved in the fight then, we can be sure that it will prevail in the end, as we know that Jesus was raised from the dead and has defeated the devil for all time. Yes, there are skirmishes that the devil still wins but only because we refuse to apply the victory Jesus has given us for our lives.
Luke 13: 31-35
31 Some Pharisees came to him and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.” 32 He replied, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose. 33 Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.’ 34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling! 35 Behold, your house will be abandoned. But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ”
my reflections
think: The devil is tireless in his efforts to draw us under his banner of sin and deceit.

God’s special verse/thought for me today________________

Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________


The above question confronts us with our mortality. It asks us to reflect upon the truth that we will all die at some time or another; be it slow or be it fast, it is death that comes at last. From a purely human or mortal point of view, it would seem then that death has the final say. However, we as Christians know that this is not the case because Jesus has risen from the dead and has conquered the grave. In the light of this revelation Christians need no longer fear death. Death becomes in reality the final “checkpoint” that has to be passed before moving on to eternal life. That is, of course, if you have lived a life in accordance with Christian principles.
Jesus is not afraid of Herod and what he might do in response to His preaching the Gospel. Jesus knows that He is doing what His father wants Him to do, and thus He believes and trusts that whatever happens, the Father has all things in hand. Herein lies the difficulty for us because often, this “having things in hand” does not always correspond to what we think this should mean. Our conception of how the events in our lives should be played out is not necessarily the same as the mind of God. This is where faith and trust have to come into our relationship with God. We see in the life of Jesus in that He knows He is going to His mortal death on the cross and He personally does little or nothing to halt this process. However, it is equally clear in the Scriptures that He totally entrusts Himself into the hands of His Father believing that He will be vindicated in the end. It is this trust and belief of Jesus that we must emulate. It is for this grace we must beg the Lord every day.
Look at one aspect of the logic of it all. We all know we will die someday. It is better to die having prepared ourselves for that fact. If we prepare and there is no God, we have lost only a finite number of years. If we do not prepare and there is a God, we lose eternal life. Fr. Steve Tynan
Reflection Question:
What am I doing now in order to prepare myself for the time of my death? What will happen to me if I die tomorrow?
Holy Spirit, help me to see death as an integral part of life that is merely the checkin point for eternal life with You in heaven. Take away my fears and teach me to live life to the full now, having prepared myself for eternal life.
St. Arilda, virgin and martyr, pray for us.

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