READINGS for 2008-11-17
WORK Is A bLEssING
I know what you have done; I know how hard you have worked and how patient you have been… – Revelation 2:2
Do you ever get tired of working?
If you’re the average person, you must be living a routinary life — you wake up, go to work, go back home, sleep, then wake up again the next morning to do the same thing. You’re seldom able to spend your hard-earned money on yourself because you have a family to feed, kids to put through school (even if they’re not yours), monthly utility bills to pay, plus the rent, etcetera, etcetera.
Every day you toil to make a living. It can get burdensome, especially when you’re struggling to make ends meet. You want to quit but you can’t, because people you love are relying on you.
But God sees and appreciates everything that you do out of love and He rewards you for it. Work is a blessing in itself. Without it, your talents would be useless, your family would starve, the children would grow up ignorant, and you’d all probably be homeless. To be relied on is an even greater blessing. How miserable life must be if nobody needed you. So press on. Your labor of love touches lives.Nova Arias
Do you see your work as a blessing or a burden?
Holy Spirit, keep the fire burning in me that I may not tire of doing the task you have given me.
St. Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz, martyr, pray for us.
One of the essential characteristics of successful missionary work is patience. Without patience, it will be very difficult for one to come to an understanding of the culture he or she is trying to evangelize. And without this understanding, it will be very difficult to inculturate the Gospel message – that is, put it in terms that the people will be able to understand easily.
Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show his servants what must happen soon. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who gives witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud and blessed are those who listen to this prophetic message and heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near. 4 John, to the seven churches in Asia: grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne. 2: 1 I heard the Lord saying to me: “To the angel of the church in Ephesus, write this: “ ‘The one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands says this: 2 “I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate the wicked; you have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and discovered that they are impostors. 3 Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name, and you have not grown weary. 4 Yet I hold this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. 5 Realize how far you have fallen. Repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.”’”
P S A L M
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
R: Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.
1 Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, 2 but delights in the law of the LORD and meditates on his law day and night. (R) 3 He is like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade. Whatever he does, prospers. (R) 4 Not so the wicked, not so; they are like chaff which the wind drives away. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the just, but the way of the wicked vanishes. (R)
G O S P E L
If you really want something then you must be willing to fight for it. The blind man knew Jesus could heal him and so was not willing to let this opportunity pass by even if it meant upsetting the people around him. It is this same attitude we must employ when we seek the Lord for the gifts to use in our ministry. Let us make it clear to Him that we intend to serve and I am sure that He will provide all we need to do well.
35 As Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, 36 and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” 39 The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me!” 40 Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, please let me see.” 42 Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” 43 He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. Whenthey saw this, all the people gave praise to God.
think: If you really want something then you must be willing to fight for it.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Jeremiah 35-38
CHANGE IS BOTH WAYS
Born in 1207, Elizabeth was the beautiful daughter of King Andrew of Hungary. At a very young age, she married Louis of Thuringia and had three children. Her husband, a good man himself, died in one of the crusades. Thereupon, her brother-inlaw evicted her and her children from the castle. After securing provision for her children, she renounced everything she had and joined the Third Order of St. Francis.
Elizabeth is remembered for her lifelong friendship with the poor and care for the hungry. She converted one of her castles into a hospital in which she herself attended to the sick. She gave generously to the needy in all the territories of her husband’s empire. According to the testimony given by her spiritual director, Conrad of Marburg, Elizabeth would go twice a day to visit the sick and personally served those who were particularly repulsive. In a hospice she built in Marburg, she attended the most wretched and contemptible at her own table.
At her deathbed, after receiving the last sacraments, when asked what should be done with whatever goods and possessions that remained in her name, she replied that whatever belonged to her belonged to the poor. She requested that all her properties be distributed to the poor, except one worn out dress for her burial. Then as if falling into a gentle sleep, Elizabeth, at only 24 years of age passed away in Marburg in the year 1231.
We do not have to be kings and queens, princes and princesses, powerful and mighty, to love. It was not her royal status that made Elizabeth’s love active and true; rather, it was her heart ever loyal to Christ. Unlike the people who scolded the blind beggar for making noises to call Jesus’ attention today, let us instead aid those who are in need of any help. An act of love makes a difference both in the lives of those in need and in the lives of those who assist. For charity changes not only the receiver but the giver as well. The giver becomes more Christ-like even as he sees in the receiver Christ Himself. Fr. Bobby Titco
Charity changes not only the receiver but the giver as well.
Jesus, may I always see You in the distressing disguise of the poor. May they likewise see You in me. Amen.
St. Roque Gonzales de Santa Cruz, martyr, pray for us.
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