READINGS for 2009-10-09

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

 

THE PoWER
 
“… by the finger of God… ” – Luke 11:20
 
Power. The Webster dictionary defines this word as “the faculty of doing or performing anything.” The Good News Bible renders Luke 11:20 as “by means of God’s power.” Or “by the power of God.”
My family has seen the power of God move in our lives so many times. One occasion was on my departure for an overseas job.
The agency called my mobile phone at about 11 a.m. “Your airline ticket is ready for pickup at the ticketing office. You are, however, a wait-listed passenger,” the agent said.
At about 7 p.m., I was at the airport. Getting through the different desks, I finally reached the airline counter at 8 p.m. Sensing I was late, I signaled my family waiting outside to pray.
“You are the sixth wait-listed passenger,” I was informed. Huh? Sixth? I prayed again. And I asked my family to pray even more. There was no turning back. I was all set and ready for the 10:20 p.m. flight.
Finally, when the wait-listed counter opened, the first passenger was called. From the sixth, I was called the first!
That’s the power or the finger of God. Thank You, Lord! Danny Tariman
 
REFLECTION:
Do you see the power of God working in your life?
 
Lord, let me see Your power even in trivial matters.
 
COMPANION

 

1st READING
 
Sometimes it is our duty to correct others. This is not a license to become a busybody, but a duty to be exercised with all discernment, wisdom, mercy and compassion. It is not an easy thing to either give or receive correction; however, it is an essential aspect of discipleship that is often neglected.
 
Joel 1:13-15; 2: 1-2
13 Gird yourselves and weep, O priests! Wail, O ministers of the altar! Come, spend the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God! The house of your God is deprived of offering and libation. 14 Proclaim a fast, call an assembly; gather the elders, all who dwell in the land, into the house of the LORD, your God, and cry to the LORD! 15 Alas, the day! For near is the day of the LORD, and it comes as ruin from the Almighty. 2: 1 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all who dwell in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; 2 Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and of gloom, a day of clouds and somberness! Like dawn spreading over the mountains, a people numerous and mighty! Their like has not been from of old, nor will it be after them, even to the years of distant generations.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 9:2-3. 6 and 16. 8-9
R: The Lord will judge the world with justice.
1 [2] I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds. 2 [3] I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, Most High. (R) 5 [6] You rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; their name you blotted out forever and ever. 15 [16] The nations are sunk in the pit they have made; in the snare they set, their foot is caught. (R) 7 [8] But the LORD sits enthroned forever; he has set up his throne for judgment. 8 [9] He judges the world with justice; he governs the peoples with equity. (R)
 
G O S P E L
 
There is an ongoing battle between the powers of good and evil, but it is one whose destiny is already determined if only we invoke the Name of Jesus and surrender our lives to the victory He offers us through His cross. The only way the devil can prevail is if we insist on fighting against him with our own strength rather than that of Jesus or the Holy Spirit. This is what it means to embrace the fruits of our Baptism — to live in the freedom and victory of the sons and daughters of God.
 
Luke 11:15-26
15 When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” 16 Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. 17 But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. 18 And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. 19 If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if it is by the finger of God that [I] drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. 22 But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. 23 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 24 “When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’ 25 But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that person is worse than the first.”
 
my reflections
think: The only way the devil can prevail is if we insist on fighting against him with our own strength rather than than of Jesus or the Holy Spirit.
 
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR John 43-45
 
 
SABBATH

 

WhO is my hOusemAte – gOd OR sAtAn?
 
Before He began His public ministry, Jesus had encountered Satan who tempted Him in the wilderness. He was able to overcome the devil by remaining obedient to the will of His Father. This loving obedience gained Him a certain power over evil. And so Jesus freed many of His contemporaries who were troubled and oppressed by evil spirits.
Some of the Jewish leaders reacted strongly to Jesus’ healings and exorcisms and resorted to malicious slander. With a strange and distorted logic, they assumed that He had to be in an alliance with Satan. Jesus answers their accusation with two arguments.
First, He made them aware that there were many exorcists in Israel. By attributing His exorcisms to the power of Satan, they also would incriminate their own exorcists who cast out demons.
In His second argument, He stresses that no kingdom divided and working against itself can survive. Through media today, we witness civil wars in several parts of the world. When people suffer and are killed in their own land by their own people, the country is doomed. In the same way, Jesus points out, if Satan lends his power against his own forces, then he is finished.
Then He adds a strange parable about a house to which an expelled demon returns. Here we find an important lesson for His listeners and for us. It is not enough to go to confession and receive forgiveness of our sins. It is not enough to make an end to evil thoughts and habits. We must also fill the empty space with God who is the source of all that is good. St. Augustine wrote that our lives have a God-shaped void which only God can fill satisfactorily. If we attempt to leave it vacant, we will end up worse in the end.
To have a Bible or the image of the Sacred Heart enthroned in our houses is a good custom. But more important is to enthrone the Lord in our daily lives and make Him the center of all our thoughts, words and actions. Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD
 
Reflection Question:
Which areas of my life have I not yet fully turned over to and filled with the Lord?
 
Lord, be the ruler of my heart and the master of my life. May there be no void in my life, but may my whole being be filled with You. Be my housemate, Lord.
 
St. Denis and Companions,Martyrs, pray for us.
 



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