READINGS for 2009-05-27

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

 

RING mY BELL
 
“… but that you keep them from the evil one.” – John 17:15
 
Noddy wanted to be a good boy but he had one problem. He could hardly tell if a certain act was right or wrong.
He sought the advice of his wise friend, Big Ears. To help him out, Big Ears cast a magic spell on the bell attached to the tip of Noddy’s cone-shaped hat. Whenever Noddy was confused, he only had to say the following: “If right from wrong is hard to tell, listen for a warning bell.” If the bell rang, that meant the act was wrong.
The goblins — the bad guys — learned about the secret of the bell. So they stuck gum in it so no sound would come out. Because of this, they were able to use Noddy for their evil activities.
One day, when the goblins were doing an illegal act, Noddy heard the bell although the gum was still stuck there. Noddy did not consent to their wrongdoings and brought them to jail.
So where did the sound of the bell come from?
It was from Noddy’s conscience.
We do not need a warning bell to help us discern right from wrong. A healthy conscience is all we need, for it is God’s voice within us.Judith Concepcion
 
REFLECTION:
How’s your conscience? Is it healthy or does it need a workout?
 
Convict me, Lord, whenever I do wrong. I only want to live a life pleasing to You.
 
COMPANION

 

1st READING
 
Leaders in the Church should never forget that each man and woman’s life has been purchased with the blood of Christ. This ought to be the backdrop thought to any reflection upon the nature of the call to be a leader in the Church. If Jesus has given us such an example, then we must be willing to follow in His footsteps! There is a lot being asked of leaders in today’s age of judgment by media. Let us not take a backward step but seek to move forward in the grace and strength of Christ.
 
Acts 20:28-38
28 At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus: “Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the church of God that he acquired with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock. 30 And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth to draw the disciples away after them. 31 So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and day, I unceasingly admonished each of you with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to that gracious word of his that can build you up and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated. 33 I have never wanted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You know well that these very hands have served my needs and my companions. 35 In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” 36 When he had finished speaking he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 They were all weeping loudly as they threw their arms around Paul and kissed him, 38 for they were deeply distressed that he had said that they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 68:29-30. 33-35a. 35bc-36ab
R: Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
28 [29] Show forth, O God, your power, the power, O God, with which you took our part; 29 [30] for your temple in Jerusalem let the kings bring you gifts. (R) 32 [33] You kingdoms of the earth, sing to God, chant praise to the Lord 33 [34] who rides on the heights of the ancient heavens. Behold, his voice resounds, the voice of power 34 [35] “Confess the power of God!” (R) Over Israel in his majesty; his power is in the skies. 35 [36] Awesome in his sanctuary is God, the God of Israel; he gives power and strength to his people. (R)
 
G O S P E L
 
Jesus knows that it is difficult to stand for the truth when so many of the earthly powers surrounding us stand for something else, something more expedient and often seemingly more attractive. However, we know that only the truth can bring us freedom and that giving our lives in the service of anything less is both selling ourselves short and also disrespecting the gift of salvation Christ offers each one of us. Let us seek always to live the truth no matter how difficult it may be.
 
John 17:11b-19
11 Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are. 12 When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely. 14 I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. 17 Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. 19 And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”
 
my reflections
think: Let us seek always to live the truth no matter how difficult it may be.
 
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Joshua 1-4
 
Joshua 1-4
 
SABBATH

 

the chAllenGe oF the WorlD
 
In my reflections upon what is most important for the Christian life, I constantly come back to the fact that we need to be committed to discovering and then living the truth. Why do I keep coming back to this sort of reflection? Perhaps it is because there seems to be a lack of commitment to anything resembling the truth in the world today. By far the greatest commitment we see evident in peoples’ lives is to expediency, the sort of pragmatism that leads us to live by the principle: if it works do it, or if you can get away with it, then it is okay.
Neither of these sentiments can sit well with us if we are Christians. Our first commitment must be to discovering the truth, even if it is difficult, then setting ourselves to live by that truth and not just on what is the easiest thing to do. Sometimes it will mean forsaking the expedient, as it would involve doing something wrong or evil in an intermediate stage. For example, dropping the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a very effective way to hasten the end of World War II but it was an immoral act as thousands of innocent people died. Experimenting on human embryos not wanted by their progenitors may be an effective way to gain knowledge about human biology and to seek for cure for diseases, but it is totally immoral as it means killing the embryo, a human person.
We cannot alter the truth that we are beings created in the image and likeness of God. It is a fixed part of our being. It is accessible through human reason aided by revelation. It is up to us to make the effort to discover and understand the demands that that truth makes upon our lives and then to live by them. If we fail to do this, we will discover that sin will slowly increase its influence over us to the point where it will get more and more difficult to identify and discover the truth. The more we live the truth, the easier it will be to find and live it; the more we ignore it, the more difficult it will be for us to realign our lives to it when we finally discover that we have been living in so many lies. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
 
 Reflection Question:
How do I seek the truth for my life, both in terms of who I am as a person and God’s will for my life? Am I willing to live it when I discover it?
 
Holy Spirit, open my mind and heart more fully to the truth of God about my life and being and help me to welcome it and live it on a daily basis.
 
St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop, pray for us.
 



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