READINGS for 2009-05-29
LOVE IN ACTION
“… do you love me more than these?… Feed my lambs.” – John 21:15
A 14-year-old boy went to ABS-CBN to play in the Willie of Fortune segment of Wowowee, a noontime TV game show. The
boy came from a poor family. His father was a driver. He had six siblings. He was forced to stop schooling so he could earn a living to support his family by selling rags in the street.
“What’s your dream?” asked the TV host, in the vernacular.
“I want to study,” he replied.
A woman working in Dubai saw this show through the Filipino cable channel. When she heard the boy’s story, her heart was touched. Through that boy, she saw the reality of poverty here in the country. This moved her to call up the TV network and pledged to answer for the boy’s schooling, all expenses paid. And if his grades would be good, she would send him on to college.
This was love in action.
Loving is not just a mere emotion. Our feelings must move us to reach out to the person. It is one thing to say that we love somebody; talk is cheap. But how much do we really love?
Let our actions speak of it. Judith Concepcion
Have you shown your love to somebody lately? Think of practical ways to make that person feel the love of God through you.
Make me more loving, Lord. Help me to love like You do.
Paul is delaying what must have become more and more evident to him, namelythe inevitable. Paul must have realized by now that his days were numbered and that in all likelihood he would be sentenced to death even if Caesar hears his case. Yet he does not give up. Perhaps he was resigned to the inevitable but wanted to extend his stay on earth for as long as possible just in case another opportunity to give witness to Christ came up? I like to think of it in these terms as it strengthens my resolve to do all I can to bring the Gospel to others.
13 King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesarea on a visit to Festus. 14 Since they spent several days there, Festus referred Paul’s case to the king, saying, “There is a man here left in custody by Felix. 15 When I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought charges against him and demanded his condemnation. 16 I answered them that it was not Roman practice to hand over an accused person before he has faced his accusers and had the opportunity to defend himself against their charge. 17 So when [they] came together here, I made no delay; the next day I took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought in. 18 His accusers stood around him, but did not charge him with any of the crimes I suspected. 19 Instead they had some issues with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus who had died but who Paul claimed was alive. 20 Since I was at a loss how to investigate this controversy, I asked if he were willing to go to Jerusalem and there stand trial on these charges. 21 And when Paul appealed that he be held in custody for the Emperor’s decision, I ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar.”
P S A L M
Psalm 103:1-2. 11-12. 19-20ab
R: The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. (R) 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our transgressions from us. (R) 19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. 20 Bless the LORD, all you his angels, you mighty in strength, who do his bidding. (R)
G O S P E L
I sometimes wonder what Jesus exactly means when He talks to Peter about walking where he would rather not go. Yes, it probably refers ultimately to his death, but I think it is also a reference to the nature of discipleship — its daily denial of self in order to follow the will of God. Being a disciple is all about discipline, something that none of us takes to too easily. Let us not forget that we are called to deny ourselves daily in the way we follow Jesus as His disciple.
15 After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them, He said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” [Jesus] said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”
think:Let us not forget that we are called to deny ourselves daily in the way we follow Jesus as His disciple.
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FolloWinG Jesus As A Disciple
Discipleship, if we take it seriously, is a life-long work and not easy. Jesus tells Peter that before he became a disciple he was his own master and was free to do what he wanted whenever he wanted to do it. As a disciple, Peter had given over his life to the leading of the Holy Spirit, his new Master. This is what the process of discipleship is all about — placing one’s life under the direction of another who has been commissioned to mentor us in the ways of Christ and the Gospel.
We can go through life without ever becoming a disciple of Jesus; we can go to Mass every week and never become a disciple of Jesus. I also believe that we can pray every day without becoming a disciple of Jesus. How can this be? Becoming a disciple of Jesus requires a whole deeper level of commitment to a mentoring process than just attending various events on a regular basis. There is an attitude of heart that we must develop if we are going to enter into a successful mentoring program. We must have hearts that are obedient to God’s Word and open to His Spirit wherever He leads us. Most of all, we must have hearts that are willing to let go of our personal dreams and willing to take up God’s will, whatever it might be for us.
Discipleship is a way of life; it is a vocation that will consume us to the day that we die. If we are not ready for that level of commitment then we will not be ready to embrace the depth of mentoring available to us in the teachings of the Church and the life of the Holy Spirit. When we read the stories of conversions of the saints, we begin to see what it means to love God above all things and to make His Kingdom our life’s focus. God calls us all and now we understand what is meant that the saints are the ones who choose to be chosen by God. The saints have forsaken their own desires and dreams and given first place to the will of God in their lives. They want nothing more and nothing less than to be mentored by the Holy Spirit, whatever may happen to them. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Am I ready to be mentored in the life of holiness by the Holy Spirit? Do I have the strength and courage to embark on a life of surrender to become a saint?
Jesus, grant me the grace to always choose to be Your disciple. Make Your Kingdom my life’s focus.
St. Maximus of Trier, Bishop, pray for us.
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