READINGS for 2008-12-02
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.” – Luke 10:23
“You’re wasting your time going to church! Do you think the church will give you money? You should just concentrate on business. That’s what will put food on your table and give you life!”
Those words were spoken by someone very close to me. It surprises me sometimes to realize that my faith, which is something soall-encompassing in my life, is unfathomable to others.
I know how truly blessed I am. Salvation is a gift, and if you remain proud and self-reliant, you’ll never admit that you need saving. It takes a humble heart to accept God’s gift of grace.
This Christmas season, remember to pray for unbelievers with the hope that they will recognize their sins and accept God’s tremendous gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus.Cecil Lim
Do not take your faith for granted. It is only by the grace of God that you have found new life in Jesus.
Lord, pour out Your grace to unbelievers.
Very few people, if any, are completely satisfied with their present lives. Why is this so? I think it has something to do with an envy gene inserted into our lives at some point in our growth. We attain one dream and then we are not satisfied because another more affluent dream takes its place. Where does this all stop? With death, and it is then we realize that we should have focused more upon some of the simpler things in life like our relationships!
1 On that day, A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. 2 The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, 3 and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, 4 but he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land’s afflicted. He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. 5 Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips. 6 Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. 7 The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. 8 The baby shall play by the cobra’s den, and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair. 9 There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea. 10 On that day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.
P S A L M
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
R: Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
1 O God, with your judgment endow the king, and with your justice, the king’s son; 2 he shall govern your people with justice and your afflicted ones with judgment. (R) 7 Justice shall flower in his days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more. 8 May he rule from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth. (R) 12 He shall rescue the poor man when he cries out, and the afflicted when he has no one to help him. 13 He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor; the lives of the poor he shall save. (R) 17 May his name be blessed forever; as long as the sun his name shall remain. In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed; all the nations shall proclaim his happiness. (R)
G O S P E L
Children, while growing in focus on things in the form of toys, demonstrate daily to us the importance of relationships. Little children rarely let their mothers out of their sight. They always seem to have an instinctive knowledge of their leaving the room and they will frantically begin to search for them. This instinct for survival and protection ought to teach us adults the importance of relationships over things. Toys will distract a child’s attention for a while but he will always begin to look for mum or dad eventually.
21 Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. 22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” 23 Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
think:Children demonstrate dailt to us the importance of relationships.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Ezekiel 29-32
PEACE ON EARTH?
I think the most desired good in our world today is peace. Wherever we look, we find quarrel, fighting, hatred, terror and war. Be it in our families, among relatives, in our working place, in our country and in the different parts of the world – even in Church communities – the absence of peace causes division, alienation and suffering.
Peace is a prominent theme during every Christmas season. To prepare us for this event, today’s first reading presents the prophet Isaiah’s poem about peace. In a string of majestic images, he describes the Messiah’s doing justice and restoring harmony throughout nature between lions and lambs, between children and cobras. Reading this, we might sigh and think deep in our hearts: Was there and will there ever be such a time of peace? Isn’t it an impossible dream?
Such questions are understandable because of the reality we see around us day after day, year after year. The Messiah has come but Isaiah’s dream of peace remains a dream. But such thoughts don’t help us to work for peace and become instruments of peace. Birthing is a painful process, and the birth of peace is not easy. We need to assist in this process. The question is: how? One factor why peace remains elusive is the lack of respect for the human person. Pope Benedict XVI once called the human person the heart of peace: “I am convinced that respect for the person promotes peace and that, in building peace, the foundations are laid for an authentic integral humanism. In this way, a serene future is prepared for coming generations.”
Peace is a gift from God, but it also calls for commitment on our part. It is based on respect for the rights of all. This truth calls each one of us to promote the fundamental rights of each person, to respect and defend life at every stage. To stand up for human rights and for human life is a great contribution to peace in our society and in the world. It would be a precious gift we offer the newborn Prince of Peace. Fr. Rudy Horst
What can I do to promote peace and harmony?
Lord, You came into this world as Prince of Peace. You need us as instruments to promote peace. Fill our hearts with Your peace so that we may be able to share it by showing respect to all we encounter.
St. Bibiana, virgin and martyr, pray for us.
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