READINGS for 2009-06-09

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“In the same way, your light must shine before others, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in Heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
There was a TV ad that featured a man in a car stuck in the usual unnerving city traffic. He dealt with the situation devoid of any discipline, concern and respect for others. Unfortunately, an innocent child was in the passenger seat observing his behavior. The ad ended with the gentle reminder: “Ang maling gawain ng matatanda, nagiging tama sa mata ng bata” (An adult’s misdeed looks correct in the eyes of a child).
I raised my son according to the teachings of the Catholic Church. I wanted to be his role model. But looking back, I could very well be the man in the TV ad. In his growing up years, there were many times that I became impatient, uttered mean words, and was unforgiving and selfish in his presence. My excuses ranged from stress, anger, pain, frustration or simple carelessness.
I know better now. As I continue to discover the Lord every day, I endeavor to be proper and upright in my behavior, not only before my son but before others, too. As a Catholic, I commit to “walk the talk” and live my faith. Marie Franco
When people see me, are they inspired and proud to be a Catholic? Or does my sinful behavior cause them to abandon their faith?
Lord, I am still a work in progress. Give me the grace to continuously battle the evil one and live a life where others see Your image and likeness in me.


The truths of the Gospel never admit to confusion or compromise — they are either ‘yes’ or ‘no!’ And we can be sure that there is no exception to this rule. Human nature seems to have a tendency to seek the easy way out of a difficult situation and be quite willing to compromise the truth, even if it is only a little compromise. The true Christian disciple will never take compromise as easily as that; in fact , he or she will not accept compromise at all if it involves sin. It is only the truth that can set us free.
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
18 Brothers and sisters: As God is faithful, our word to you is not “yes” and “no.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us, Silvanus and Timothy and me, was not “yes” and “no,” but “yes” has been in him. 20 For however many are the promises of God, their Yes is in him; therefore, the Amen from us also goes through him to God for glory. 21 But the one who gives us security with you in Christ and who anointed us is God; 22 he has also put his seal upon us and given the Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.
Psalm 119:129. 130. 131. 132. 133. 135
R: Lord, let your face shine on me.
129 Wonderful are your decrees; therefore I observe them. (R) 130 The revelation of your words sheds light, giving understanding to the simple. (R) 131 I gasp with open mouth in my yearning for your commands. (R) 132 Turn to me in pity as you turn to those who love your name. (R) 133 Steady my footsteps according to your promise, and let no iniquity rule over me. (R) 135 Let your countenance shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes. (R)
When Jesus speaks of salt or light here, what He is really referring to is the truth. It is truth that is the first aspect of the Christian life to come under attack from sin, the devil and the world. Why? They know that it is truth that is their ultimate enemy because a person who lives by the truth will NEVER have any time for sin, the devil or the ways of the world.
Matthew 5:13-16
13 Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp-stand, where it gives light to all in the house. 16 Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify
your heavenly Father.”
my reflections
think: A person who lives by the truth will NEVER have any time for sin, the devil or the ways of the world.

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the FAithFulness oF GoD
Human beings are terribly fickle creatures. There are days when we believe one thing and act upon it, and there are days when we seem to have exactly the opposite convictions underlying our actions. This must be very confusing for God. Paul tells us that God is faithful — we never have any reason to doubt that He will be true to His promises. This is a very comforting truth as it means that we can trust Him in all things and at all times.
As we seek to follow Jesus as His disciples, we must strive to cultivate a similar faithfulness and reliability. Overcoming our doubts in the goodness of God and others is a lifelong task that requires an enormous amount of attention and energy on our part. God makes available to us the grace to do this but putting that grace into action requires faith and trust on our part. The process can be experienced as something of a vicious circle — we see that faith in God requires putting aside our doubts in His promises that in turn requires a deeper faith in God and so on ad infinitum. This dynamic only gains power when we allow doubt to be the starting point of it. If we are willing to give God the benefit of the doubt and place our trust in His promises instead, the vicious circle will fail to materialize. What a blessing that would be.
However, we constantly find ourselves experiencing the vicious circle at various times in our lives. This is because we allow our doubts to become the starting point of our particular issue or reflection. We simply need to make faith the starting point of every decision and it will be much more difficult for the devil to put us off the right path into the thorns of doubt and unbelief. There will always be times when we struggle to maintain our faith perspective. This is where it is important to become members of a faith community. At these times of low faith, we are strengthened by our brothers and sisters. In a sense, we live and act on and out of their faith. What a blessing that is! Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Reflection Question:
Do I tend to be a doubter or a believer when it comes to the promises of God? What can I do to strengthen the latter and diminish the former of these two attitudes of faith?
Holy Spirit, help me to believe and trust in God more fully and with greater conviction. I want to grow in faith. Help me to trust You to lead me along this path.
St. Ephrem, Deacon and Doctor, pray for us.

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