READINGS for 2009-05-30
BEST pRODUCT TO SELL
He is the disciple who… wrote them down; and we know that what he said is true. – John 21:24
My job has its perks. One of them is seeing people use Shepherd’s Voice products — like Kerygma, Didache, Companion, etc — when I ride the jeep, MRT or when I go to church. I get really happy when I see someone bring these with them, read them and treasure them. I feel that my work is being rewarded even in a little way, just by seeing our products being used.
Writing for a living still awes me sometimes. People often associate poverty with the life of a writer. And add to that “Christian writing” and the whole picture becomes even more difficult to imagine. But it’s true; I’m actually making a living as a Christian writer and enjoying every minute of it. After all, what better “Product” can I sell?
As a Christian, I am called to “sell” Jesus by the way I live, not just by the way I write. And that goes for every baptized believer. I am privileged that this “Product” doesn’t need elaborations, that Who we speak and share about is the Truth.Joy Sosoban
“We write this to make our joy complete.” (1 John 1:4)
Though unworthy, I thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to share about You to others. May You grant me more open doors to do so.
Through his delaying tactics Paul has gained at least another two years on this earth to proclaim the Gospel. He could have given in at the beginning and would probably have died in Jerusalem. He did not, and how the Church, you and I, 2000 years later, have benefited from his writings and example. Let us be suitably inspired by his example and seek to give our all without concern for the cost in the service of the Church.
Acts 28:16-20. 30-31
16 When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him. 17 Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered he said to them, “My brothers, although I had done nothing against our people or our ancestral customs, I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem. 18 After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me, because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty. 19 But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation. 20 This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel that I wear these chains.”  29 30 He remained for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him, 31 and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
P S A L M
Psalm 11:4. 5 and 7
R: The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven. His eyes behold, his searching glance is on mankind. (R) 5 The LORD searches the just and the wicked; the lover of violence he hates. 7 For the LORD is just, he loves just deeds; the upright shall see his face. (R)
G O S P E L
It is not possible to record everything a person does in his life. At the very least most of his thoughts will remain a closed book to us. In the case of Jesus, we have the four Gospels as well as numerous other forms of testimony to His life and mission. Of all the men and women of antiquity, His life is the best attested to! If the skeptics want to question it, the burden is upon them to disprove that He ever lived and not the other way around!
20 Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved, the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” 22 Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours? You follow me.” 23 So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die. But Jesus had not told him that he would not die, just “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours?” 24 It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. 25 There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.
think:Let us seek to give our all without concern for the cost in the service of the Church.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Joshua 13-16
let’s keep our Focus Where it shoulD be
We can thank Peter that he was willing to ask all the questions that arise in our hearts; he seemed to know what we are thinking a lot of the time. I think this is why most people develop an affinity towards him. Anyway, here he asks Jesus what will happen to the disciple Jesus seems to love the most. Jesus basically tells Peter that as far as Peter is concerned, what happens to John does not really matter. The same is true for us all. The most critical matter for all of us is whether or not we are going to be obedient to Jesus’ call. There is nothing we can do about assuring that someone else will respond obediently to Jesus. Yes, we can encourage and support them, but we cannot make their decision for them. Thus there is only so much we can do for them. It follows logically that our main focus ought to be what we must do and not to worry so much about what God’s plans for the next person are.
The Holy Spirit has been given to us to remind us of God’s call on our lives and to keep our focus fixed on Jesus, not the person beside us. We can waste an awful lot of time and energy worrying about things that both do not concern us directly and that we have no power to change or influence. Let us simply stick with God’s plan for our lives and do the best we can with it.
Ultimately this is what Peter does and he does a fantastic job. He was the first pope, and even after nearly 2000 years, he is still the longest serving of all the popes — that almost has to be the longest standing record of all time, I think. I wonder if it is in the Guinness Book of Records? Anyway, we should learn from the example of Peter and his discussion with Jesus to keep our focus right and to follow God’s plan for our lives until the end. This is the only sure way to eternal life. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Do I waste my time wondering about what other people should be doing rather than on doing what I should in the service of the Gospel?
Holy Spirit, I may not have a huge responsibility to fulfil in the plan of God, but help me to be faithful to it and to do all I can to be a good example of obedience to others.
St. Jeanne d’Arc, Virgin, pray for us.
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