READINGS for 2009-01-06

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



Thus we may say with confidence: “The Lord is my helper, (and) I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?” – Hebrews 13:6
We call her the “saksak queen” or the butcher queen because she killed her husband with 59 thrusts of a butcher knife.
Living with a husband who was irresponsible, a gambler and a drunkard for many years took its toll. Coming home from work one night, she finds him drinking with his buddies in their living room. Her husband falls asleep but after a few minutes, he wakes up, gets his knife under his pillow and attacks her. She runs to the kitchen, grabs her butcher knife, parries and evades his thrusts. They fight, scramble, fall down the stairs, until they reach the gate where she stabs him 59 times.
Nympha was incarcerated. After serving a number of years, she was released for good behavior. When she was interviewed for one of our shows, she only had high praises for God. “All the time, I knew that He was there and He never abandoned me. I never feared because the Lord is my helper,” she said.Chelle Crisanto
Have you ever experienced the pits in your life? Can you say that you held on to God despite how miserable your life was?
Let me keep my faith, Lord, that I may never wane in my trust no matter what circumstance comes into my life.


John affirms that love is the central requirement for a Christian who wants to live a holy life. We must always be seeking ways to love — never missing the opportunity to open our hearts to the work of the Holy Spirit in allowing Him to teach us how to better love our family, friends, neighbors and even our enemies!
1 John 4:7-10
7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. 8 Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. 10 In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
Psalm 72:1-2. 3-4. 7-8
R: Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
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) 3 The mountains shall yield peace for the people, and the hills justice. 4 He shall defend the afflicted among the people, save the children of the poor. (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)
Food is a very important aspect of our lives — without it we die! The same is true spiritually. Perhaps we can see in the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 an attempt by the Gospel writer to remind us of this truth. After all, grace builds upon nature and so it is quite natural to read a spiritual lesson into a natural event. Jesus also demonstrates that all He requires of us is to give Him what we have and He will make up for what is lacking! The small boy gave his fish and loaves of bread and Jesus enabled them to feed 5000 people. This is truly a miracle of the promise of God’s providence in our lives, if we will entrust Him with all that we have.
Mark 6:34-44
34 When Jesus saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. 35 By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already very late. 36 Dismiss them so that they can go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 He said to them in reply, “Give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Are we to buy two hundred days’ wages worth of food and give it to them to eat?” 38 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out they said, “Five loaves and two fish.” 39 So he gave orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 The people took their places in rows by hundreds and by fifties. 41 Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to [his] disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the fish. 44 Those who ate of the loaves were five thousand men.
my reflections
think: Jesus demonstrates that all He requires of us is to give Him what we have and He will make up for what is lacking.

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Phobias come in different forms. Some persons have “claustrophobia” (fear of being enclosed); others battle “acrophobia” (fear of heights). In the Gospel, the disciples seemed overwhelmed and even fearful of the crowd that had gathered to hear Jesus speak. More fearful were they of the possibility that they had to be responsible for feeding such a big crowd. So when it was getting late, they approached Jesus and advised Him to dismiss the crowd “so that they can go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” The business-minded and mathematically gifted among them calculated that they would need around two hundred days’ wages worth of food to feed the crowd.
The way Jesus reacted was interesting. He said: “Give them some food yourselves.” When the disciples brought up to Him the possible expense for feeding the people, Jesus said: “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” Jesus seemed to say: do not be afraid to be involved. See, feel, act. Christian duty does not expect us to answer for all the needs, but we are asked to do what we can. Only, we should never turn down people. At the very least, anyone who approach us should feel listened to, loved and respected.
The Book of Revelation reminds us that Jesus is “The Amen, the faithful and true witness” (3:14). Jesus is the “Yes” of God. The story of His coming as man in the Mystery of the Incarnation was His first unconditional “Yes” to us. Later, St. Paul eloquently explains that “God proves His love for us in that while we were  still sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The Cross, indeed, is Jesus’ continuing “Yes” to us all. Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP
Reflection Question:
Think of your experiences in life now… and try to see which events/situations of your present life challenge you to apply the Gospel message. What personal and particular struggles do you have whenever you are challenged to help people materially and financially? Pray about this to the Lord.
Lord Jesus, grant us the courage to be involved and not be afraid when our Christian duty demands that we give and do more than what is comfortable for us.
Blessed Andre Bessette, religious, pray for us.

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