READINGS for 2009-05-12
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” – John 14:27
We were in a rush to the office; it was almost 8 a.m. My wife was driving and I was reading Psalm 145 aloud. It was our morning “holy habit.”
Suddenly, she shouted, “Sweetheart!” The front tire blew out as we were negotiating the Carmona exit at South Superhighway. I fell silent as she struggled to gain control of the car that landed in the middle of the island. We were extremely fortunate that no car was passing at the other side of the road.
What was amazing was that I didn’t panic as I usually did in less perilous situations. There was a certain peace that allowed us to be calm and to focus on doing the right thing then.
In today’s Gospel, we are reminded that the fruit of Jesus’ presence is peace — not just the absence of panic, war or conflict — but that of blessing, wholeness, holiness, calm and tranquility. Amidst all the anxiety and fear of the Apostles, the Lord’s nearness dispelled all that with His greeting, “Shalom!”Ariel Driz
You, Lord, are near to all who call upon You, to all who call upon You in truth…. (Psalm 145:18)
Lord Jesus, Your presence is my only good! Live and reign in my heart forever! Amen.
Paul often faced death in his ministry. I suppose he must have had a somewhat indifferent attachment to his life as it never seemed to stop him from taking the next step in his mission. Oh, if only there were more like him committed to the Gospel today, the Christian faith would be far stronger in its influence over the world! Let us pray that God will raise up more men and women like him to give witness to the truth of the Gospel.
19 In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. 20 But when the disciples gathered around him, he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. 21 After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. 22 They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” 23 They appointed presbyters for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith. 24 Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. 25 After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia. 26 From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now accomplished. 27 And when they arrived, they called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 Then they spent no little time with the disciples.
P S A L M
Psalm 145:10-11. 12-13ab. 21
R: Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
10 Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD, and let your faithful ones bless you. 11 Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might. (R) 12 Making known to men your might and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages, and your dominion endures through all generations. (R) 21 May my mouth speak the praise of the LORD, and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever. (R)
G O S P E L
The prince of the world is the devil. There is so much in the world that seems to be neutral as regards the Gospel. But it is really hostile to the Gospel as Jesus tells us that those who are not for us are against us! Complacency is one of the great obstacles to the Gospel today. We seem to find it easy to judge that a given problem or job is someone else’s responsibility. If we all think like this, nothing will ever get done. We must take up the call to be faithful to God’s call even if no one else seems to be doing the same!
John 14: 27-31a
27 Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. 28 You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. 30 I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, 31 but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”
think:Complacency is one of the great obstacles to the Gospel today. We seem to find it easy to judge that a given problem or job is someone else’s responsibility.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Numbers 19-21
WorlDly princes AnD their poWers
There is a lot written about the various powers of the world and the influence they can have for both good and evil. We do not necessarily only have to consider the demonic powers under this heading — we can include the seemingly benign pursuit of wisdom conducted in the name of empirical science and human understanding. The big danger here is the ethics associated with their methods and uses.
There is nothing evil about discovering how nuclear fission works or even in using it as a means by which to produce electricity. Some of the isotopes that can be developed from these processes can also be used in nuclear medicine to help in various medical processes. However, to harness the power available through fission and put it in a bomb and use that bomb is completely indefensible from a moral point of view! Knowledge of human reproduction has greatly advanced doctors’ abilities to save lives. However, an unfortunate and evil consequence has also been the development of abortion in very efficiently and effectively terminating human lives. The only word that can be used to describe this is “evil.”
When Jesus tells us that the world’s princes have no power over Him, what He means is that we do not have to allow the world or the devil to reign in our lives. Each of us has been given the choice to align our lives with the ways of God and not with anyone or anything else. It is up to us how to use the wisdom the empirical sciences give to us. We can use them for God or we can use them for evil. If we choose the latter, I do not know how we will be able to explain such a choice on judgment day!
It is important that we remember the responsibility we have to the truth so that when we make choices, we contribute to a culture of life and not to a culture of death! Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Is my life one that speaks always of the gift of life and the goal of truly human fulfillment through the choices I make?
Father, help me to realize the lofty heights to which You call us as Your children so that I will choose the way of life over the way of death whenever I have choices to make.
Sts. Nereus and Achilleus, Martyrs, pray for us.
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