READINGS for 2009-07-30

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



Then the cloud covered the meeting tent, and the glory of the Lord filled the Dwelling. – Exodus 40:34
Miracles, healings, provisions, protection, glory. That’s what happened during Kerygma Conference 2007.
Besides the fact that not a drop of rain fell on the three days of the conference when a super-typhoon was expected to lash through Manila, the number of participants who came were a pleasant surprise to us too. The people immensely enjoyed the Saturday concert and many were healed during the Healing Mass of Fr. Joey Faller. The feedback and reports of conversion, reconciliation and healing that we heard afterwards made up for all the effort that we put into it.
More than our hard work, God Himself came down and ministered to the participants. His presence made the conference a success. The Lord sees our hunger. He knows our need. If we put ourselves in a humble position of poverty, of openness to His grace and blessings, He will surely come down and shower us with His presence — the doorway to all blessings. Joy Sosoban
“From the brightness of His presence coals were kindled to flame.” (2 Samuel 22:13)
I will come near You, O Lord. Ignite me with greater love for You and Your people.


The Ark of the Covenant becomes to the Jewish people a sign of God’s presence with His people. They always treat the Ark with great reverence as a sign of their cherishing the knowledge of God’s presence with them. They see the absence of the Ark as a sign of God’s disfavor and even punishment. As Christians, we believe that God dwells in each of us through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Let us reverence our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit and never forget the great gift of God’s presence in us.
Exodus 40:16-21. 34-38
16 Moses did exactly as the LORD had commanded him. 17 On the first day of the first month of the second year the Dwelling was erected. 18 It was Moses who erected the Dwelling. He placed its pedestals, set up its boards, put in its bars, and set up its columns. 19 He spread the tent over the Dwelling and put the covering on top of the tent, as the LORD had commanded him. 20 He took the commandments and put them in the ark; he placed poles alongside the ark and set the propitiatory upon it. 21 He brought the ark into the Dwelling and hung the curtain veil, thus screening off the ark of the commandments, as the LORD had commanded him. 34 Then the cloud covered the meeting tent, and the glory of the LORD filled the Dwelling. 35 Moses could not enter the meeting tent, because the cloud settled down upon it and the glory of the LORD filled the Dwelling. 36 Whenever the cloud rose from the Dwelling, the Israelites would set out on their journey. 37 But if the cloud did not lift, they would not go forward; only when it lifted did they go forward. 38 In the daytime the cloud of the LORD was seen over the Dwelling; whereas at night, fire was seen in the cloud by the whole house of Israel in all the stages of their journey.
Psalm 84:3. 4. 5-6a and 8a. 11
R: How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
2 [3] My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (R) 3 [4] Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest in which she puts her young — your altars, O LORD of hosts, my king and my God! (R) 4 [5] Blessed they who dwell in your house! Continually they praise you. 5 [6] Blessed the men whose strength you are! 7 [8] They go from strength to strength. (R) 10 [11] I had rather one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I had rather lie at the threshold of the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. (R)
We will meet virtually every possible kind of person. We can make this a learning experience or we can shut out the possibility. I like the old saying that there is no point in reinventing the wheel. Why? I like it because it reminds me that there are so many new things to be learned, and that I should remain open to such experiences at all times. If I can learn a truth of life from another person, that will save me the trouble of having to learn that truth from ground zero myself.
Matthew 13:47-53
47 Jesus said to his disciples: “The kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. 48 When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. 49 Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. 51 “Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” 52 And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” 53 When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.
my reflections
think: Let us reverence our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit and never forget the great gift of God’s presence in us.

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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 2 Chronicles 31-33
2 Chronicles 31-33


hunger For the eternAl Word
Let’s do a little exercise. Please complete the following sentence. “You’re nothing but second rate, trying hard….” I bet all of you surely said to yourself, “copycat!” That is a classic line from a Filipino movie. I’m sure you even know the name of the character who said that line famous. Yes, Lavinia is her name. Try another: “Ayoko nga ng number one. Pag may number one, may number two at number three. I want to be….” Again I bet all you can fill in, “your only one.” Another line from another Filipino classic. How about this one. Identify who said this, “Lord, now let your servant go in peace. Your word has been fulfilled.” I bet not all of us can identify who uttered those lines. It was Simeon, the old man in the temple in the Gospel of Luke. Why don’t we know him? It is because we have not committed into memory the words of Sacred Scripture. Admit it. We can rattle off more movie lines than we can biblical passages.
In today’s first reading, Moses set up a tent for the Commandments which was to be called the dwelling place of God. He made it beautiful, even put a veil to signify its sacredness. It was an act externalizing his and Israel’s commitment to place the Commandment at the center of their being. The dwelling ultimately is to be transported to the dwelling of their hearts. Fr. Joel O. Jason
Reflection Question:
Does the Word of God have a dwelling in your heart? In your house? Think of this: If your Bible is in good physical shape, your soul probably is not. Shake the dust off that Bible and begin nourishing yourself within.
Lord, grant me the grace to desire only You in my life. Amen.
St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor, pray for us.


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