READINGS for 2009-07-15
HE SuRRouNDS you
“…for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike.” – Matthew 11:25
While driving to the grocery one Christmas season, I asked my then six-year-old nephew if he was excited to see Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. He replied with a firm “no.”
“There’s no Santa here,” he added.
“Huh?” I replied, “Why is there no Santa here?”
“Because there’s no snow.”
I had a good laugh. A simple observation from a little boy. His innocence made him speak with a lot of sense.
God chose to reveal the fulfilment of His plans to the childlike because their ignorance made them see with eyes of faith. When you are losing faith because of the troubles that you face, notice the constant signs around you that tell you of God’s presence in your life — the unexpected phone call from a friend who offered you a job when you felt hopeless about finding one, the comforting hug from a child after a tiring day at work, the contagious laughter of a workmate that got you laughing hard when you badly wanted to cry because of a pressing problem at home. That’s God at work.
Like little children, let us trust in our Father’s ways. Nova Arias
“The root of all difficulties is a lack of the sense of the Presence of God.” (Emmett Fox)
Father, strengthen my faith in You. Make me feel and see You every day.
The sign of the burning bush is the beginning of the revelation of the work that God has set aside for Moses to accomplish. Like many great men before their defining moment in life, he is reluctant to respond to the Lord’s call. However, he eventually goes, and the rest they say, is history. Moses was willing to entrust his life to the mission God had planned for him. Are you willing to do the same? If not, why?
Exodus 3:1-6. 9-12
1 Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There an angel of the LORD appeared to him in fire flaming out of a bush. As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush, though on fire, was not consumed. 3 So Moses decided, “I must go over to look at this remarkable sight, and see why the bush is not burned.” 4 When the LORD saw him coming over to look at it more closely, God called out to him from the bush, “Moses! Moses!” He answered, “Here I am.” 5 God said, “Come no nearer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. 6 I am the God of your father,” he continued, “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.” 9 The cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have truly noted that the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 Come, now! I will send you to Pharaoh to lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 He answered, “I will be with you; and this shall be your proof that it is I who have sent you when you bring my people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this very mountain.”
P S A L M
Psalm 103:1b-2. 3-4. 6-7
R: The Lord is kind and merciful.
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) 3 He pardons all your iniquities, he heals all your ills. 4 He redeems your life from destruction, he crowns you with kindness and compassion. (R) 6 The LORD secures justice and the rights of all the oppressed. 7 He has made known his ways to Moses, and his deeds to the children of Israel. (R)
G O S P E L
There is no doubt in my mind why Jesus often uses the image of a child as a model of faith. It is the children that show unquestioning trust in their parents and elders, often when there is little or no reason that they should. They simply know that this is where their faith should be. Let us pray that our lives would be living examples of this type of faith so that all may see what it means to have faith and follow in the ways of the Lord.
25 At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. 26 Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
think: Like Moses, are you willing to entrust your life to the mission God has planned for you?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 1 Chronicles 16-18
Are you blushing?
“And Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God” (Exodus 3:6)
Have you ever been in a gathering where you feel so underdressed?
I was once invited by a friend to pass by her house to bless the newly renovated Lourdes grotto in the garden. I told her I would pass by after dinner. So I arrived in her house, looking and feeling so casual in my polo and slacks, sandals, with my stole and holy water in hand, only to find out that it was a big affair: there was catering, a number of arranged tables and many friends who came in their semi-formal evening wear. The barangay captain was also invited. Needless to say, I was embarrassed I literally felt naked before all of them. I gave a very moving one-hour homily on Our Lady of Lourdes that night to make up for being too underdressed. Moses in our first reading today felt so underdressed before the Lord that he wouldn’t even dare look at the Lord. Pious Jews believe that Yahweh is so holy no mere man can look at him face to face and survive. They believe the mortal eye is not even worthy to behold God’s face.
The late bishop Fulton Sheen once said that the water at Cana turned to wine because the water blushed (turned red) when it saw the face of Jesus. Awe and worship is the only appropriate stance before the Lord. Why don’t we blush anymoretoday? How come we attend Mass like we’re going to the gym? How come we face the Lord dressed like we’re all ready to take our afternoon siesta? How come we take communion like we’re just receiving a wafer? Admit it, we have become so cavalier before the Lord. It’s not like the Lord needs our attention. He does not need our attention to massage His divine ego. We need it. When we take seriously our encounter before God, it is us who benefit from it. It makes us go in grace and genuine worship. The next time you go to Mass or the adoration chapel, be conscious who it is you are facing. You will surely blush in awe. Fr. Joel O. Jason
How do I prepare for my encounters with God? Do I consider it important to take pains readying myself?
Lord Jesus, never let me take You for granted. Ingrain in my consciousness a deep awareness of your real presence in the Eucharist and in my prayers. Not for your sake, but for mine.
St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor, pray for us.
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