READINGS for 2009-03-31

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



“Who are you? They asked. “Just what I’ve been claiming all along,” Jesus replied. – John 8:25
My father often tells me that the name he gave me was the most beautiful name in the world. Roberto is my name and I am Tatay’s junior. Once, my supervisor called me and asked for our real names in the project team. Our nicknames were youthful: Obet, Emil, Cris and Emmie. There was boisterous laughter when we discovered that we were Roberto, Emiliano, Crisanto and Emelita. All granny names. Bwahaha!
Jesus was very confident with His identity. His name means Savior and He lived and died with it! He also boldly proclaimed that He was the Light of the World, the Bread of Life, the Vine, etc. It is false humility when we do not believe in the innate worth and power bestowed upon us. Boasting is sin. Believing is power. After research and reflection, I therefore boldly proclaim my full name: Roberto Ocenar Cabrillas. Roberto means both brightness and instructions; Ocenar means “sailor”; and Cabrillas means “skipping stones.” My identity statement? “I am the brightness of God’s teaching. I go from sea to sea to bring others to a new way of life in Christ.”
Tatay was right after all. (Tatay on earth and the One in heaven.)Obet Cabrillas
Do we live up to the true meaning of the names we are baptized with? Research. Reflect. Re-live!
Lord, You have called me by name. I am Yours. Help me to live for You today.


There is very little, even absolutely no excuse for ingratitude. This is the primary sin spoken of in this text. It is a sin that we must learn to avoid at all cost. Think of an example of it in your own life where someone lacked gratitude for something you did for them… how did you feel about it? What was your response? I do not believe that God sent the serpents. I think they were a natural part of the environment and the author of this text uses them to teach the people something about God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Numbers 21:4-9
4 From Mount Hor they set out on the Red Sea road, to by-pass the land of Edom. But with their patience worn out by the journey, 5 the people complained against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!” 6 In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died. 7 Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you. Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people, 8 and the LORD said to Moses, “Make a saraph and mount it on a pole, and if anyone who has been bitten looks at it, he will recover.” 9 Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
Psalm 102:2-3. 16-18. 19-21
R: O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.
1 [2] O LORD, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you. 2 [3] Hide not your face from me in the day of my distress. Incline your ear to me; in the day when I call, answer me speedily. (R) 15 [16] The nations shall revere your name, O LORD, and all the kings of the earth your glory, 16 [17] when the LORD has rebuilt Zion and appeared in his glory; 17 [18] when he has regarded the prayer of the destitute, and not despised their prayer. (R) 18 [19] Let this be written for the generation to come, and let his future creatures praise the LORD: 19 [20] “The LORD looked  down from his holy height, from heaven he beheld the earth, 20 [21] To hear the groaning of the prisoners, to release those doomed to die.” (R)
Spend a little time reflecting upon this text and what it teaches us about Jesus’ self-understanding of His relationship with His Father. It is important that we try to grow in our understanding of the depth of this relationship simply because we are called into the midst of it as we become disciples of Jesus. God holds nothing back from us in His love for us. Let us seek to never disappoint His expectation that we will embrace His offer of love.
John 8:21-30
21 Jesus said to the Pharisees: “I am going away and you will look for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, “He is not going to kill himself, is he, because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?” 23 He said to them, “You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above. You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world. 24 That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” 25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “What I told you from the beginning. 26 I have much to say about you in condemnation. But the one who sent me is true, and what I heard from him I tell the world.” 27 They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father. 28 So Jesus said [to them], “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him.” 30 Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.
my reflections
think:God holds nothing back from us in His love for us. Let us seek to never disappoint His expectation that we will embrace His offer of love.

God’s special verse/thought for me today________________

Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________
Did I fulfill my last quarter goals?
What were the most important words the Lord gave to me this quarter?
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i know who i am
One thing very hard for us to do is to speak about ourselves or to say who we are. Every time we introduce ourselves to a group of people, we grope for a word or words that would describe us. And we often end up saying only our name and surname or just describing our body such as our height and weight, or saying our favorite food, hobbies, interests in life, likes and dislikes or giving an adjective that will portray who we are. Introducing one’s self is not easy perhaps because we don’t know who we really are and our goal in life. In today’s Gospel, Jesus twice said to the people “I AM” and by saying those words He was confident because He knew who He is. He knew where He came from and He knew His purpose in life. He knew everything about Himself and there is no doubt about it. Jesus did not describe Himself by saying His name or His favorite food but by saying who He really is and His relationship to the Father. He was speaking about the Father because He did what the Father told Him.
As we continue our reflection in this season of Lent, we are reminded once more of who we are in relation to the Father. Our real identity was restored by Jesus Christ as He gave Himself on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. And because of this we become once again children of God and this is our identity. Just like Jesus doing what the Father’s will, we are being challenged to do also the will of the Father.Fr. Joel O. Jason
Reflection Question:
Can I say confidently that I am a Christian? What is the purpose of my life?
O God, many times I forget to know my real self because many times I do not follow Your will. Help me to know You more so that I may know myself like Jesus. Amen.
St. Balbina, Virgin, pray for us.

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