READINGS for 2009-05-11
“…the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” – John 14:26
I really, really wanted the job. I had been through one exam and three interviews, and I still had no idea if I got the job already. My friends who were already working in the company told me that I would not go through that many interviews unless they had plans of hiring me. But who knows, right?
The night after my third interview, I got another call from the company. But I did not know if it was another interview or a job offer because I didn’t hear it well. It turned out to be another interview, which I learned when I reported to their office the next day. Another one? I thought, suddenly feeling nervous. And it was with the bosses from the USA! What if they don’t like me?
As I watched the first guy go to the phone to get interviewed, I sat on my chair, worried. But a calming voice whispered, “Do not worry! You know what to say. I have given you everything you need.” I felt peace in my heart as I waited for my turn. A few minutes later, I was done. Not only did I answer correctly, I was called the next day for the job!Tina Matanguihan
God has given you everything you need for the moment, and He has sent the Holy Spirit to remind you of it. Don’t worry!
Holy Spirit, please always remind me of God’s teachings.
Paul suffered tremendous resistance, outright persecution and even threats of death as he sought to bring the Gospel to those who had never heard it. The same pattern occurs again and again throughout the history of the Church. Yet, men and women were always available to proclaim the Gospel, no matter how hard or dangerous it was going to be. Today we face a most insidious resistance — the resistance of comfort. We have become comfortable in our nice houses, etc., and we lack the willingness to embrace the uncomfortable task of working with those who need to hear the Gospel.
5 There was an attempt by both the Gentiles and the Jews, together with their leaders, to attack and stone them, 6 they realized it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding countryside, 7 where they continued to proclaim the good news. 8 At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth, who had never walked. 9 He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him, saw that he had the faith to be healed, 10 and called out in a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet.” He jumped up and began to walk about. 11 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they cried out in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in human form.” 12 They called Barnabas “Zeus” and Paul “Hermes,” because he was the chief speaker. 13 And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, for he together with the people intended to offer sacrifice. 14 The apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their garments when they heard this and rushed out into the crowd, shouting, 15 “Men, why are you doing this? We are of the same nature as you, human beings. We proclaim to you good news that you should turn from these idols to the living God, ‘who made heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them.’ 16 In past generations he allowed all Gentiles to go their own ways; 17 yet, in bestowing his goodness, he did not leave himself without witness, for he gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filled you with nourishment and gladness for your hearts.” 18 Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds
from offering sacrifice to them.
P S A L M
Psalm 115:1-2. 3-4. 15-16
R: Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name give glory because of your mercy, because of your truth. 2 Why should the pagans say, “Where is their God?” (R) 3 Our God is in heaven; whatever he wills, he does. 4 Their idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men. (R) 15 May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth. 16 Heaven is the heaven of the LORD, but the earth he has given to the children of men. (R)
G O S P E L
To love God is to be obedient to His word or will. It is as simple as that; we do not have any excuse. The minutiae of God’s will for our lives may be difficult to discover but the general thrust is simply to know through reflection upon the Gospel. We are all called to live and proclaim the Gospel with all that we have. As we seek to discover the particulars to this call we must live it in the general sense. We fail to love God and fail to follow His will if we are not at least doing this much!
21 Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” 22 Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, [then] what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me. 25 “I have told you this while I am with you. 26 The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name — he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”
think:Today we face a most insidious resistance — the resistance of comfort.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Numbers 16-18
keepinG the WorD oF GoD
What does Jesus mean when He talks about “keeping His word”? This is not an insignificant question as it lies at the heart of what it means to be a disciple. If we have even a small understanding of the Jewish reverence for the Torah, we will begin to understand the depth of tradition behind the Christian understanding of the “Word of God” as it pertains to discipleship. For the Jews, every young boy is schooled in the Torah from a very young age, with hours of study each day at school. This is to form his mind and heart in the ways of God. I wonder if we give such a great priority to the Scriptures in our Christian lifestyle?
The Catholic School system, I believe, is not being responsible to its most core value if high priority is not given to the Scriptures in its curriculum. We study the great authors of history in our English, Spanish, Pilipino or Latin classes and yet there is no room to include the Scriptures as a part of this body of literature? It seems ironic to me that Catholic schools devote very little of their curriculum to the study of the Scriptures. After all, they are the Word of God, one of the two main sources of revelation for Christians.
Jesus comes out of the Jewish tradition and so we can safely assume that when He refers to “keeping His word” or “keeping the Word of God,” He is thinking of His followers being imbued with the wisdom of the Scriptures. Schools go to great lengths to teach us the wisdom of the secular and empirical sciences and then neglect the most important body of wisdom we have when it comes to directing the moral, social and spiritual life of a human person. I do not think that it is going too far to call this scandalous!
What can you or I do about this? On our own, we can do very little. We can appeal to the bishops to encourage or enforce a greater attention to the Scriptures. Or we can take it upon ourselves to read and study the Scriptures. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
How well do I understand the Scriptures, not just the literal sense, but the senses available through the grace of the Holy Spirit as well?
Holy Spirit, help me to be faithful in reading and studying the Scriptures. Please make them come alive for me in my life.
St. Mamertus, Bishop, pray for us.
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