READINGS for 2008-11-04
WhAt’s IN A NAmE?
Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name. – Philippians 2:9
Thor. Mars. Poseidon. Mercury. These names remind us of thunder, war, the sea and a messenger whose feet had wings. Jordan. Jabbar. Lebron. Basketball and athleticism at its finest.
Angelina. Renee. Dayanara. Flawless beauty. Many names evoke certain images when we hear or say them. Above all these, the name of Jesus stands out. It means love, goodness, mercy and sacrifice, Messiah, God.
If you want you want to be identified with Jesus, make sure that when people say your name, it will evoke the same imagery. When they speak your name, people should think of generosity. It must bring up memories of compassion and honesty. When friends speak of prayer and God’s Word, it’s good that your name is on top of their list.
I’m sure you wouldn’t want the mere mention of your name to create tension and uneasy silence. Or be associated with gossip, slander or malicious rumors.
We live our faith and carry the name of Jesus. What we do should always be a reflection of His person. If we call ourselves Christians, we should always take care of Jesus’ name. Jun Asis
Are you living up to your name and identity as a Christian?
Dear Lord, help me turn my identity into Yours through the way I live. I ask this, my Jesus, through Your mighty Name. Amen.
Jesus is the unique and indispensable link between humanity and the Father. Without Jesus, there is no salvation. In this hymn, we celebrate the wonderful nature of the life and mission of Jesus and how He achieves the work of salvation in an extraordinary manner namely, humility and obedience to His Father’s will. The remedy for our sin is so simple that it seems anyone could have done it. The truth is, only God Himself could do it and thus we have a savior who is both fully human and fully God.
5 Brothers and sisters: Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, 6 Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. 7 Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, 8 he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. 9 Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
P S A L M
Psalm 22:26b-27, 28-30ab, 30e, 31-32
R: I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
25  I will fulfill my vows before those who fear him. 26  The lowly shall eat their fill; they who seek the LORD shall praise him: “May your hearts be ever merry!” (R) 27  All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; all the families of the nations shall bow down before him. (R) 28  For dominion is the LORD’s, and he rules the nations. 29  To him alone shall bow down all who sleep in the earth. (R) To him my soul shall live; 30  my descendants shall serve him. Let the coming generation be told of the LORD 31  that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born the justice he has shown. (R)
G O S P E L
Excuses, excuses, excuses! We are all very good at making these when it comes to avoiding doing God’s will. We do not hear Jesus making any excuses on why He was not able to accomplish His Father’s will. Why? Jesus always did His Father’s will – that is why! The same is obviously not true of us. If we spent our time and energy seeking ways to do what God wants us to do with our lives, I think we will discover that we will still be able to accomplish the vast majority of our own desires, provided they are good for us, that is.
15 One of his fellow guests on hearing this said to him, “Blessed is the one who will dine in the kingdom of God.” 16 He replied to him, “A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many. 17 When the time for the dinner came, he dispatched his servant to say to those invited, ‘Come, everything is now ready.’ 18 But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves. The first said to him, ‘I have purchased a field and must go to examine it; I ask you, consider me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen and am on my way to evaluate them; I ask you, consider me excused.’ 20 And another said, ‘I have just married a woman, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 The servant went and reported this to his master. Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ 22 The servant reported, ‘Sir, your orders have been carried out and still there is room.’ 23 The master then ordered the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedgerows and make people come in that my home may be filled. 24 For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.’ ”
think:We are all very good at making excuses when it comes to avoiding doing God’s will.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Isaiah 53-56
GOD’S INVITATION — ACCEPTED
Sometimes, I think Jesus could have been a Filipino for He likes fiestas, dinners and stories about meals as Filipinos do. No birthday, no baptism is celebrated without a great meal. It is at table that we come to know each other better. It is during a meal that we open up and share our thoughts, our joys and sorrows.
It was during such moments of fellowship that Jesus brought home important messages. By doing things differently He protested against order which keeps certain people out. In today’s parable, Jesus speaks about people who do not appreciate the king’s invitation. They have very good excuses to offer. Which newlywed couple would go to a dinner when there is the more important honeymoon? And who would rather have his car fixed to drive to work on Monday than to risk commuting. The would-be guest in Jesus’ parable don’t realize the honor of being invited and so don’t go to the banquet. How many Catholics go their own way rather than attend Mass in their parish every Sunday and get involved in the building of the Kingdom by joining a parish organization! The churches in the First World countries are nearly empty. But even here where the churches are still full, many do not realize the privilege of being invited to participate in building God’s Kingdom. Sometimes, I celebrate Mass at a certain convent. Rich people who live just a block away come in their luxury cars — they come last and leave early.
The poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame are finally invited and they come. Thanks to this “preferential option for the poor,” our Church is still going strong. It always lifts me up when I visit the office of Shepherd’s Voice. There I meet all these simple young and not so young people, dedicated with joy and and enthusiasm to spreading the Word of God through their publications! No excuse, even the most reasonable, is acceptable when we receive the invitation to be involved in an activity for the Lord and His Church. Fr. Rudy Horst
Do I avoid invitations to work for the Kingdom of God? Where is God inviting me right now?
Father, You adopted me as Your child and want me to accept the invitation of Your Son to build up Your Kingdom. Often, I am too lazy. I easily find excuses not to get involved. Lord, wake me up and let me realize what a privilege it is to be invited by You.
St. Charles Borromeo, bishop, pray for us.
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