READINGS for 2008-11-05
thE sEED OF LOvE*
But, even if I am poured out as a libation upon the sacrificial service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with all of you. – Philippians 2:17
Once there was a businessman, a scientist, and a farmer who chanced upon three golden seeds of love. Enamored by its beauty, each one took a seed home.
The businessman put the seed to auction and awarded it to the highest bidder. The businessman became the richest man in the world. Sadly, the seed of love remained a seed. The scientist placed the seed under the microscope, researched and analyzed. He then encased the seed in a glass case where the prize of his discovery awaited fame and admiration from the scientific community. But the seed of love still remained a seed. The farmer, his face gentle and his hands weathered, took the seed and planted it in good soil. He tilled it with compassion and nurtured it with understanding. The farmer offered the golden seed of love to the world.
In today’s reading, Paul saw himself as a “libation” — an offering of sacrifice. Like a seed, a Christian’s life is not his own, but an entity that awaits a form of dying so that others may live. Red Cerrer
*inspired by Butil ng Pag-ibig by Gary Granada
“Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Father, create in me a loving heart.
St. Laetus, priest, pray for us.
God could not get any more generous with us in that He puts both the desire and the ability to accomplish His will within us as His gift. All we have to do is cooperate with the Holy Spirit and His will will be done in our lives daily! I cannot think of anything more exciting than doing the will of God. To be able to stand before God on Judgment Day and say honestly, “I have done Your will. I have kept the Law,” would be the most satisfying moment of my life!
12 My beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work. 14 Do everything without grumbling or questioning, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, 16 as you hold on to the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 But, even if I am poured out as a libation upon the sacrificial service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with all of you. 18 In the same way you also should rejoice and share your joy with me.
P S A L M
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
R: The Lord is my light and my salvation.
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? (R) 4 One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek, to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, that I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD and contemplate his temple. (R) 13 I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD. (R)
G O S P E L
A life of discipleship always involves numerous daily decisions. It is a war against the enemy of this world and sin. It is a war against the pleasures of the flesh. It is always going to be a struggle to maintain a winning position in such a war. This is why we need the grace of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis in our lives. This is why we should be praying daily for the infilling of the Holy Spirit to empower us in our battles so that we will win the war! I am not interested in losing this battle so I am going to take the necessary steps to win.
25 Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and he turned and addressed them, 26 “If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? 29 Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him 30 and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’ 31 Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? 32 But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms. 33 In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.
think:We need the grace of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis in our lives.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Isaiah 57-60
ON BENDED KNEES
Some years back, I heard from Bo Sanchez an anecdote similar to this.
A young woman prayed to Jesus, “Lord, make the officials at the U.S. embassy approve my application for a visa.” Thinking that she had to promise something to the Lord in exchange for her request, the lady added, “If You give me a U.S. visa, Lord, I will marry the first man to come out of that door.” Then came out a man whose face only his mother can love. Thereupon, the young woman cried out, “Here I come, Carmelites!”
Jesus advises us today to think well before deciding to follow Him. His demands on His disciples are heavy and the considerations to be weighed are indeed great. Difficult demands require difficult decisions. And difficult decisions are made on bended knees.
This thought made me pause for a while as I wrote this reflection. I wonder how many times we kneel to pray each day. Of course, we do not have to literally bend our knees for us to pray sincerely; but how sincerely do we really pray? Throughout the day, the demands of authentic Christian discipleship confront us and even weigh upon us. Do we really discern that much throughout a single day?
While I was still in the seminary, I learned a very important lesson in Christian discipleship. There is no other way by which we can approach God except on our knees. I believe, it is also the only way for us to follow Jesus. We walk on our knees. We should pray and discern all the time. Fr. Bobby Titco
There is no other way by which we can follow Jesus except on bended knees.
“Day by day, O dear Lord, three things I pray: to see Thee more clearly, to follow Thee more nearly, to love Thee more dearly, day by day.”
St. Laetus, priest, pray for us.
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