READINGS for 2009-07-06
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Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured.
– Matthew 9:22
My friend promised to pick me up early morning but at 9 a.m. she called to say that she might come at 12 noon instead. Irritated and disappointed at being stood up, I joined the other ladies in the kitchen. After breakfast, Beckie, head of the healing ministry, invited all of us for a healing session. When my turn came, I was immediately slain in the Spirit.
As I lay on the floor not fully aware of what was happening, I felt that there was movement happening somewhere near my stomach. The group told me afterwards that they discerned that my stomach needed healing.
Since that day, I knew deep in my heart that I had been healed of my stomach acidity. I also learned a lesson that day: to rely on Him and expect the unexpected, believing that He has the best plans for us. After all, if my friend had come as she had promised, I would have missed my chance to be healed.Chelle Crisanto
Do we submit our plans to Him?
Let my every waking moment be according to Your will, Lord. And let every part of my body be attuned to Your healing hands. Amen.
Jacob’s dream or vision is difficult to interpret or understand. Perhaps we just need to see it as one of those encounters with God that occur in our lives that serve to strengthen our belief in His presence in our lives. The greater our conviction that God is with us, the more willing we will be to give our all in His service. God knows the truth of this dynamic and I am sure that He will work with us to strengthen our knowledge of His presence so that we will be more faithful in doing His will.
10 Jacob departed from Beer-sheba and proceeded toward Haran. 11 When he came upon a certain shrine, as the sun had already set, he stopped there for the night. Taking one of the stones at the shrine, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep at that spot. 12 Then he had a dream: a stairway rested on the ground, with its top reaching to the heavens; and God’s messengers were going up and down on it. 13 And there was the LORD standing beside him and saying: “I, the LORD, am the God of your forefather Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you are lying I will give to you and your descendants. 14 These shall be as plentiful as the dust of the earth, and through them you shall spread out east and west, north and south. In you and your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing. 15 Know that I am with you; I will protect you wherever you go, and bring you back to this land. I will never leave you until I have done what I promised you.” 16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he exclaimed, “Truly, the LORD is in this spot, although I did not know it!” 17 In solemn wonder he cried out: “How awesome is this shrine! This is nothing else but an abode of God, and that is the gateway to heaven!” 18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head, set it up as a memorial stone, and poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that site Bethel, whereas the former name of the town had been Luz. 20 Jacob then made this vow: “If God remains with me, to protect me on this journey I am making and to give me enough bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 and I come back safe to my father’s house, the LORD shall be my God. 22 This stone that I have set up as a memorial stone shall be God’s abode.”
P S A L M
Psalm 91:1-2. 3-4. 14-15ab
R: In you, my God, I place my trust.
1 You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, 2 Say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (R) 3 For he will rescue you from the snare of the fowler, from the destroying pestilence. 4 With his pinions he will cover you, and under his wings you shall take refuge. (R) 14 Because he clings to me, I will deliver him; I will set him on high because he acknowledges my name. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in distress. (R)
G O S P E L
There were many times during the ministry of Jesus that He was ridiculed by one group of people or another. Yet, in every case, even those who mocked Him as He hung on the cross, Jesus was the one who triumphed. Jesus knows the girl is just sleeping as He knows and believes that His prayer to raise her from the dead has been heard by His Father in Heaven. This is the depth of faith that we should all be working on, not just the faith to believe that God will hear our prayers to raise someone from the dead, but the discernment to know that making this prayer will not be an act in vain.
18 While Jesus was saying these things to them, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. 20 A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” 22 Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured. 23 When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, 24 he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they ridiculed him. 25 When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. 26 And news of this spread throughout all that land.
think: The greater our conviction that God is with us, the more willing we will be to give our all in His service.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 2 Kings 9-12
2 Kings 9-12
Who is a prophet? A prophet is someone who is called and sent by God to proclaim the truth about Him. He serves as God’s presence of love and unity within the community as well as source of inspiration and justice. Filled with the Spirit, he courageously calls peoples’ attention to reform from their wrong ways of hard-heartedness, stubbornness, hatred and sin. He draws people close not to himself but serves as a pointer or a guide as people build a deeper relationship of trust to God. He recognizes that there would be no other sufficient way or means of accomplishing all that he needs to do than the grace of God overflowing in his life. In recognizing his own weaknesses and limitations, he allows the person of Christ to fill him more and more. He is a true friend who is ready to face both acceptance and rejection for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
Today, God is calling you to be his prophet. It may not be an easy and a comfortable life but bear in mind that Jesus Himself experienced how it was to be hated and rejected even by His own native people. Amidst these adversities, Jesus continued to call them. It may be demanding but the reward would be great for it is not only you building a deeper love relationship with God, but at the same time, you becoming His presence to His people — helping them to know how important God’s call of love for them is. Having now received the call, it is now your task to bring the Good News to others. Being a prophet may be difficult but never impossible. You do not have to eat grasshoppers and be donned in camel’s hair. Go now! You are God’s prophet! Fr. Joel O. Jason
Looking at my life, how did I become a prophet of God’s truth and love to my neighbors? How ready am I to recognize my own weaknesses and limitations in life so that I may allow God’s grace and Christ’s person to fill me?
Almighty Father, source of truth and of love, I humbly ask for Your grace that I may be able to courageously proclaim You to those who do not know You. Amen.
St. Anthony Zaccaria, Priest, pray for us.
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