READINGS for 2009-07-21
NoT A DRoP
“… the Lord swept the sea with a strong east wind throughout the night and so turned it into dry land…” – Exodus 14:21
It was the culminating activity of a Life in the Spirit Seminar for the youth of Mayapa, Laguna. The baptism of the Holy Spirit was held at the football field. We were all prepared for the event. What we didn’t prepare for was to see one of the grandest miracles of our lives.
Fr. Beng, our co-team leader, had just finished saying prayers when we heard a booming sound coming from a distance. The team looked around confused. The thunderous roar kept growing louder until we realized it was the sound of approaching rain.
Suddenly, we panicked. A hundred plus participants deep in the Lord’s presence were seconds away from being drenched. What were we to do? By divine inspiration, a pair of arms raised towards the direction of the rain, as if to prevent the downpour from coming our way. One after another, we raised our hands and claimed in faith that the rain would stop.
Then right before our eyes, the approaching rain literally parted, going to the left and right sides of the field. There was heavy downpour everywhere except where we were. And not one drop of rain landed on that field during the baptism that day. What wonders the Lord has done! Lallaine Gogna
Are my eyes open to God’s big and small miracles every day?
Let me see how You wonderfully move in all the areas of my life, Lord. You are the God of wonder!
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest and Doctor, pray for us.
Unless we are willing to entrust our lives into the hands of God, we will never see the full depth of His faithfulness to us. Unless we give something to God to work with, He cannot set His Spirit loose to transform us into His image and likeness. This is our struggle — that without letting go of the control of our lives, the Holy Spirit remains hindered in His desire to transform us. It is this letting go that is difficult for us as we want to be in control. The life of faith is not about controlling our own destiny — it is all about leaving such a concern in God’s hands!
21 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD swept the sea with a strong east wind throughout the night and so turned it into dry land. When the water was thus divided, 22 the children of Israelites marched into the midst of the sea on dry land, with the water like a wall to their right and to their left. 23 The Egyptians followed in pursuit; all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and charioteers went after them right into the midst of the sea. 24 In the night watch just before dawn the LORD cast through the column of the fiery cloud upon the Egyptian force a glance that threw it into a panic; 25 and he so clogged their chariot wheels that they could hardly drive. With that the Egyptians sounded the retreat before Israel, because the LORD was fighting for them against the Egyptians. 26 Then the LORD told Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may flow back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and their charioteers.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea flowed back to its normal depth. The Egyptians were fleeing head on toward the sea, when the LORD hurled them into its midst. 28 As the water flowed back, it covered the chariots and the charioteers of Pharaoh’s whole army which had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not a single one of them escaped. 29 But the Israelites had marched on dry land through the midst of the sea, with the water like a wall to their right and to their left. 30 Thus the LORD saved Israel on that day from the power of the Egyptians. When Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the seashore 31 and beheld the great power that the LORD had shown against the Egyptians, they feared the LORD and believed in him and in his servant Moses. 15: 1 Then Moses and the children of Israelites sang this song to the LORD: I will sing to the LORD, for he is gloriously triumphant; horse and chariot he has cast into the sea.
P S A L M
Exodus 15:8-9. 10 and 12. 17
R: Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory.
8 At a breath of your anger the waters piled up, the flowing waters stood like a mound, the flood waters congealed in the midst of the sea. 9 The enemy boasted, “I will pursue and overtake them; I will divide the spoils and have my fill of them; I will draw my sword; my hand shall despoil them!” (R) 10 When your wind blew, the sea covered them; like lead they sank in the mighty waters. 12 When you stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them! (R) 17 And you brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your inheritance — the place where you made your seat, O LORD, the sanctuary, O LORD, which your hands established. (R)
G O S P E L
For Jesus, bloodlines and inheritances mean nothing when it comes to talking about salvation. What matters is the faith of the individual and his willingness to become a disciple of Jesus! The Gospel message of God’s love and forgiveness does not discriminate for or against any group of people. It is open to all on the same basis that Abraham became the Patriarch of the Jewish Nation — namely faith. We need never be worried that we are not from the right race, color or creed — if we place our faith in the work of Jesus on the cross, then we will open up the doors of salvation into our lives.
46 While Jesus was speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers appeared outside, wishing to speak with him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak with you.” 48 But he said in reply to the one who told him, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
think: Our life of faith is not about controlling our destiny — it is about leaving it in the hands of God.
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There was a boy who made a wooden toy boat. Excited to try it out, he let it sail on the river. Suddenly, the strong current took the toy boat far and out of the boy’s sight. The boy lost his toy boat. One day, while he was walking around town, he saw his toy boat displayed in the window of a toy store. He went near it to take a look. It was his toy boat. He went inside the store and asked the store for his toy boat. The owner said, “Well, boy, it doesn’t have your name on it. If you want it, you’ll have to buy it.”
For several weeks, the boy saved his school allowance then went back to buy the toy boat. When he finally bought it, he whispered to it lovingly, “You are now twice mine. First I made you. Now I bought you.” Today, we hear Jesus introducing a new understanding of belonging to God’s family. Being family to God is not simply a matter of blood kinship. It is a matter of living out the will of the Father in heaven. When we live out the will of God, we become twice God’s. First, we became His children by baptism. Second, we become His children by living out His will.
Don’t miss out in belonging to God’s true family. Be twice God’s. Fr. Joel O. Jason
Do I belong to God’s family by name or by deeds? It doesn’t have to be one or the other. We are actually called to be both — Catholic by name and by deed.
Lord Jesus, we are twice Yours. You made us. Then You purchased us with Your blood. Help me to belong to Your family in name and in deed. Amen.
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest and Doctor, pray for us.
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