READINGS for 2008-11-27
thE bEAutY OF WORshIP
… worship the Lord with cries of gladness…– Psalm 100:2
I will never forget the first time I felt the Lord’s presence during prayer. It was a retreat for the first year high school aspirants or junior seminarians. I found myself kneeling in the chapel gazing at an image of a dove. It was one of those times that I prayed hard and the Lord, by sheer grace, made me feel His presence. I was ecstatic!
I’ve since felt His presence countless times. During a Mass at a sports fest, as I closed my eyes and sang the Lord’s Prayer with the congregation, I experienced peace and abounding joy that made my day. Another time, while praying at the Blessed Sacrament, I sensed the Lord instructing me to talk to someone I had not seen in years. I acted on it and His message was confirmed. Wow!
God’s presence is the essence of worship. In front of Him, all is laid bare… no words are needed… His glory, love and grace is revealed and felt. Words cannot describe the beauty of worshiping God but I pray that each of us experience it every day.Ariel Driz
Have I taken the time to be in God’s presence? Will I pray the price to experience Him daily?
Lord Jesus, fill me with Your Spirit that I may experience Your wonderful presence daily! Amen.
Secular power and economic rationalism may well be the governing powers of the world at the moment, but they will not last. They cannot last as there is no such thing as sustainable governance in this sense. The world has a finite set of resources and thus mankind cannot keep exploiting these resources ad infinitum and increasing consumption and wastage. Such regimes always come to an end. The history of the world is littered with the ruins of supposedly all-powerful empires. The only kingdom that will endure is the Kingdom of God – the Kingdom of the Lamb.
Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a
1 I, John, saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth became illumined by his splendor. 2 He cried out in a mighty voice: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great. She has become a haunt for demons. She is a cage for every unclean spirit, a cage for every unclean bird, a cage for every unclean and disgusting beast. 21 A mighty angel picked up a stone like a huge millstone and threw it into the sea and said: “With such force will Babylon the great city be thrown down, and will never be found again. 22 No melodies of harpists and musicians, flutists and trumpeters, will ever be heard in you again. No craftsmen in any trade will ever be found in you again. No sound of the millstone will ever be heard in you again. 23 No light from a lamp will ever be seen in you again. No voices of bride and groom will ever be heard in you again. Because your merchants were the great ones of the world, all nations were led astray by your magic potion.” 19: 1 After this I heard what sounded like the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying: “Alleluia! Salvation, glory, and might belong to our God, 2 for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her harlotry. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” 3 They said a second time: “Alleluia! Smoke will rise from her forever and ever.” 9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.”
P S A L M
Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5
R: Blessed are they who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.
1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; 2 serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song. (R) 3 Know that
the LORD is God; he made us, his we are; his people, the flock he tends. (R) 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise; give thanks to him; bless his name. (R) 5 For he is good the LORD, whose kindness endures forever, and his faithfulness, to all generations. (R)
G O S P E L
Those who persevere in faith will eventually be vindicated with the coming of the Son of Man. No, I do not believe we will see this day in our own lives. But in faith, He is with us even now to strengthen us in our conviction to live according to the Gospel and not succumb to the temptations of the world. We need all the help we can get in this as the lures of pleasure and comfort are great. The immediate rewards of faith are often not as attractive but what counts is that they have eternal relevance whereas the world’s promises are empty when it comes to eternity.
20 Jesus said to his disciples: “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that its desolation is at hand. 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. Let those within the city escape from it, and let those in the countryside not enter the city, 22 for these days are the time of punishment when all the scriptures are fulfilled. 23 Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth and a wrathful judgment upon this people. 24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken as captives to all the Gentiles; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 25 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26 People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”
think:Those who persevere in faith will eventually be vindicated with the coming of the Son of Man.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Ezekiel 9-12
There is something strange about the Gospel today. After painting for us things that can make us cow in fear, Jesus admonishes us to stand erect and hold our heads high. Practically, Jesus is telling us not to be frightened by the horror that the last things will certainly bring upon the world. We know that following His advice goes against human nature. When scared, we normally take the fetal posture; we cower in fear.
As we are in the last days of the present liturgical year, the readings of the entire week remind us of two things. First, all things will pass, except the sovereignty of Jesus. Second, we should remain in Jesus until the end. Even when in fear, let us remain in the Lord. The Lord is stronger than our fears.
Let F-E-A-R mean:
F – freeing our selves from all inordinate attachments
E – embracing Jesus with all our heart
A – accepting the rule of God in our life
R – reconciling with God, with others, and with yourself
Let us stand erect and hold our heads high, for our salvation is at hand! Fr. Bobby Titco
Everything passes away except Jesus.
In You, O Jesus, I place all my trust and give all my fears. You are my strength and confidence now and always. Change whatever fears I have about the last things into the joy of meeting You and finally being with You, my Beloved, forever and ever. Amen.
St. James Intercisus, christian, pray for us.
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