READINGS for 2009-06-08
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God.” – Matthew 5:9
I came home from work with a small chocolate bar. As I sat down on our sofa and took out the “surprise,” the eyes of my two daughters lit up. I handed it to them and they immediately exclaimed, “We will share.”
The chocolate wasn’t big enough to satisfy even a little girl. Yet there was no fighting over who gets it.
We are aware of the “me” stages of kids and the selfishness that they normally exhibit. Yet here were two kids aged five and six who knew how to share without being coaxed. If only the adults of this world will take the cue from these little kids.
Author Robert Fulghum is so right. In his book, All I Really Needed to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten, the first lessons he learned was to share everything.
There is enough food, land, resources and opportunities in the world for all of us to live comfortably twice over and in peace. If only we share, all wars will cease.Jun Asis
What can I share today that will increase the peace in our world?
Lord, make me a channel of Your peace. Let me share my life with others.
Paul has seemingly been given the grace to accept all difficulties that come his way as an inevitable aspect of proclaiming the Gospel. When we evangelize people, it is as though we are claiming them for God from the world or another form of faith or philosophy. It is a sort of war in which we are involved in, and where there is war there is opposition. Thus like Paul, we ought to expect opposition in living out our Christian calling.
2 Corinthians 1:1-7
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God that is in Corinth, with all the holy ones throughout Achaia: 2 grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, 4 who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God. 5 For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your encouragement and salvation; if we are encouraged, it is for your encouragement, which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 7 Our hope for you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also share in the encouragement.
P S A L M
Psalm 34:2-3. 4-5. 6-7. 8-9
R: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
1  I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. 2  Let my soul glory in the LORD; the lowly will hear me and be glad. (R) 3  Glorify the LORD with me, let us together extol his name. 4  I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. (R) 5  Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. 6  When the poor one called out, the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved him. (R) 7  The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. 8  Taste and see how good the LORD is; happy the man who takes refuge in him. (R)
G O S P E L
The Beatitudes appear periodically throughout the year as a point for our reflection. They contain for us much to think about. In fact, dare I say, it would be impossible to exhaust the treasures contained in these few verses, so rich are they. Let us take the opportunity to reflect on one beatitude per day over the next few days and give God the opportunity to reveal to us something new about each one of them.
1 When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 He began to teach them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. 6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
think: Let us take the opportunity to reflect on one beatitude per day over the next few days and give God the opportunity to reveal to us something new about each one of them.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Psalm 89-90
livinG the liFe oF the kinGDom oF GoD
In the Beatitudes, Jesus presents to us a measure of the Christian life. The qualities He mentions are essential components of the life of holiness. This is not to say that they are the only aspects, nor that we can only act with meekness, and never stand firm in our convictions on a particular issue. However, I believe that Jesus does clearly indicate that it is the spirit of the Beatitudes that we must cultivate in every situation.
Thus, when it comes to standing up for our Christian convictions, we can do so with a true meekness and humility of spirit that will give added conviction and witness to our position rather than detract from it. We have to learn to understand that a person’s conviction and capacity for truth is independent of his or her power to enforce the truth. Truth and holiness are not concerned with the exercise of power but in giving witness to the truth in a manner that never compromises it.
If we, Christians, are serious about the truth, we will need the power of the Holy Spirit to help us give witness to it. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that gives life and power to our witness of the Gospel. Such an idea is totally foreign to the world where power is measured in units of money or the capacity to wield influence over others by whatever means is legally
(and sometimes illegally) possible. The pragmatism of our world cares only about the results and rarely concerns itself with the means by which we get there.
The Beatitudes are exactly the opposite — they guide our actions as we seek the ends we are pursuing and try to ensure that we get there using means that are morally acceptable. The end never justifies the means. The means always determines the level of holiness we can attribute to an action or way of life. This is why the Beatitudes are so important to us as Christians — they protect us from viewing life in terms of results only. They remind us that how we do things is also important and maybe even more important than the end result. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Does my life truly reflect my Christian faith or do the means by which I achieve the goals in my life need some adjustment to align them with Jesus’ teaching?
Lord Jesus, help me to grow in the way I integrate the values of the Beatitudes into my life. Show me what needs to be changed so that I can grow in holiness today.
St. Medard, Bishop, pray for us.
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