READINGS for 2009-01-29
Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope… – Hebrews 10:23
When I was still working as a bank auditor, I developed a special interest in training. So I inquired from one of the popular training companies in the country about a possible career in training.
On the phone, I asked the employee on the other end of the line regarding the type of seminars they conducted, their schedules, and the requirements for and qualifications of a training practitioner. During our conversation, I mentioned to her, among other things, about my involvement with a prayer community and how active I was in my service.
I was surprised when she warned me that I shouldn’t disclose that information to the interviewer. It would be to my disadvantage, she added. She didn’t explain why but I sensed that spiritual matters had no room in their company. That information made me think and reconsider my plans.
In the end, I didn’t pursue my application in that company. I couldn’t compromise my spiritual life. What would it profit me if I got the job but would have to turn my back on the things that matter most? For me, it wasn’t a good deal after all. Judith Concepcion
What deals have you entered into lately? Was it worth it? Would Jesus be pleased with it?
Whenever I make a wrong turn, Lord, lead me back to the right path.
We return to relationship with the Father through the blood of Jesus. We live in this relationship by faith and persevere in it through the hope of the final promise of salvation. We seek to live holy lives together, encouraging one another to overcome the sin so that the righteousness of God will be manifest in and through our lives. This is our life, this is our destiny, this is our calling.
19 Brothers and sisters: Since through the blood of Jesus we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary 20 by the new and living way he opened for us through the veil, that is, his flesh, 21 and since we have “a great priest over the house of God,” 22 let us approach with a sincere heart and in absolute trust, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. 23 Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he who made the promise is trustworthy. 24 We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works. 25 We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another, and this all the more as you see the day drawing near.
P S A L M
Psalm 24:1-2. 3-4ab. 5-6
R: Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
1 The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it. 2 For he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. (R) 3 Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD? Or who may stand in his holy place? 4 He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean, who desires not what is vain. (R) 5 He shall receive a blessing from the LORD, a reward from God his savior. 6 Such is the race that seeks for him, that seeks the face of the God of Jacob. (R)
G O S P E L
I do not have time for anyone who is unwilling to stand by what he believes. This is what it means to be a disciple and witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is not enough to know the Gospel. We must also live it as a witness to the world and be wiling to proclaim and defend it when it comes under attack.
21 Jesus said to his disciples, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? 22 For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. 23 Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.” 24 He also told them, “Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you. 25 To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
think:We return to relationship with the Father through the blood of Jesus.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Psalm 11-15
TruTh iS TimeleSS
Working for truth and justice and for all other good causes can be frustrating. Many times, it may seem that luck and graces are on the side of evil. Evil men tend to prosper; the righteous ones suffer and are put to shame. Media men are silenced with bullets and facts are muzzled with money that comes from drug lords and gamblers. Church people are chided; corrupt people walk with unruffled brows in the corridors of power. These lead many to ask: Is there a God? If God is there, He seems too silent.
The Good News today reminds us never to despair. Truth is eternal and it is never altered although it is hidden. In due time — that is, God’s time — the truth will come out. Initially dubbed as Germany’s charismatic leader, Hitler is now history’s ignominity while Maximilian Kolbe’s martyrdom is constantly recalled.
This world may seem to be the realm of the powerful and the crooked. Here they wallow in their influence, in their wealth. Soon though, we remember that this world is passing. Death comes; cancers strike, proud hearts burst in their arrogance. Eternity and light are God’s alone. Towards the conclusion of Pope Benedict’s “Spe Salvi,” he wrote, “This is our final school of hope — that in God there is judgment.” In that judgment, the Holy Father muses, “the victim and the victimizer will not recline at the banquet table side by side, as if nothing happened.” Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP
What are your own personal pains and frustrations about issues of truth and justice in our own society? Re-read the Gospel text today and lift up to God your heart’s disappointments. Take the time to pray for the following: innocent prisoners who languish in prison, political detainees, groups experiencing religious persecutions, persons marginalized by their own communities because of differences of ideas. For us all, pray for the renewal of hope.
Lord Jesus, strengthen my hope that in You there is judgment so that I may continue to walk in the right path despite the lure of material blessings if I walk the other way.
Blessed Joseph Freinadimetz, pray for us.
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