READINGS for 2009-09-18

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



What did we bring into the world? Nothing! What can we take out of the world? Nothing! – 1Timothy 6:7
I looked for a vacant table after I ordered my usual breakfast value meal and cup of coffee. As I placed the tray on the table, I noticed that a group of senior citizens in the next table were also enjoying their breakfast.
In between my sips of coffee and pancake bites, it was difficult not to hear their stories and laughter. Their combined voices seemed to come out of a booming speaker. I looked around for another vacant place to transfer but there was none. Little did I know that this moment would be a great source of learning.
They didn’t talk about fashion or compare the cars they were driving. They didn’t discuss what gadget was “hot” and how big their houses were. All they talked about was their old adventures together and how their former classmates were doing. They exchanged stories about their grand kids. They also discussed how they spent the previous day and their plans for today. It was obvious how much fun they were having. They had what probably most rich people would pay for — happy relationships!
We came in this world because of love and it’s the only thing we can bring when we leave this world.Alvin fabella
Take time to evaluate your priorities. What is consuming much of your time and resources? Is love a part of your priorities?
Lord, teach me to love others more as You continue to love me. Amen.


Paul clearly warns us of the desire for riches. Money has a way of seducing our hearts and minds to the point that we end up desiring things that are not going to do us any good in the long term. One way to avoid the dangers that riches bring is to discern whether or not what we are doing — the goals we have in life — are storing up for us blessings in heaven or are simply going to pass away along with our mortal existence.
1 Timothy 6:2c-12
2 Beloved: Teach and urge these things. 3 Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching 4 is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, 5 and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain. 6 Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it. 8 If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that. 9 Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains. 11 But you, man of God, avoid all this. Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. 12 Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Psalm 49:6-7. 8-10. 17-18. 19-20
R: Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
5 [6] Why should I fear in evil days when my wicked ensnarers ring me round? 6 [7] They trust in their wealth; the abundance of their riches is their boast. (R) 7 [8] Yet in no way can a man redeem himself, or pay his own ransom to God; 8 [9] too high is the price to redeem one’s life; he would never have enough 9 [10] to remain alive always and not see destruction. (R) 16 [17] Fear not when a man grows rich, when the wealth of his house becomes great, 17 [18] for when he dies, he shall take none of it; his wealth shall not follow him down. (R) 18 [19] Though in his lifetime he counted himself blessed, “They will praise you for doing well for yourself,” 19 [20] he shall join the circle of his forebears who shall never more see light. (R)
Jesus was accompanied by many women in His ministry. Some of them probably looked after His day-to-day needs. Perhaps others shared in His mission in one way or another. What is certain is that they were numbered among His disciples. Discipleship is all about taking on a particular way of life according to one’s call and there are many different ways in which God calls us to serve. Let us embrace His call and be faithful to it. In this way we will be doing all that God asks of us to help proclaim the Kingdom.
Luke 8:1-3
1 Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve 2 and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.
my reflections
think: Discipleship is about taking on a particular way of life according to one’s call. How is God calling me to serve at this point in my life?

God’s special verse/thought for me today________________

Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________
Ecclesiastes 1-4


teAching Authority oF the church
The Teaching Authority of the Church is called the Magisterium. Paul does not use this word when he writes to Timothy but the concept is certainly implicit. As individuals, we do not have the authority to decide what is worth teaching and what is not; what is right and what is wrong. This is up to the Church to decide through the Magisterium, the College of Bishops in union with the Pope.
It is this authority that safeguards the truths of our faith and ensures that the Church does not stray in its teachings on faith and morals. The Church does not have the authority or competence to make pronouncements on matters of science, etc., but it does have this authority when it comes to faith and morals. As individual members of the Church, it is our responsibility to form our consciences through the teachings of the Church. Yes, we also look to the Scriptures and prayer, but if we believe that God is telling us to do something that the teaching of the Church does not permit, then we are obliged to reconsider and attempt to bring our thoughts and beliefs in line with those of the Church.
If there is no central authority in the Church, we will be left with chaos or, at best, a loose communion of differing views. The strength of the Catholic Church, the reason why it has endured over 2000 years, is at least partially a result of its understanding of the authority of the Pope with the Bishops.
All of us in the service of the Church have a responsibility to teach according to the mind of the Church and not just whatever we happen to think about an issue. In this way, we will act responsibly and perform our duty as God wants us to do. Let us all hope and pray that our leaders will always respect the teachings of the Church and both live by and teach them faithfully. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Reflection Question:
Do I tend to resist authority and think that I have a right to decide for myself on the various issues that arise in my life? How do I respect the teaching authority of the Church?
Lord Jesus, thank You for the gift of the Pope and the bishops to the Church. Thank You for providing us with the means by which to ensure we remain faithful to Your truth.
St. Lambert, Bishop and Martyr, pray for us.

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