READINGS for 2009-10-26

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

 

NATuRE
 
… if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. – Romans 8:17
 
I like what my friend Dinah once told me. “I woke up to the rain but then when I saw that it stopped and it became really foggy, I knew we’d have good weather,” she said. “Usually when it gets really foggy in the morning, to the point of zero visibility, strong sunshine comes after that. Don’t know if there is a scientific explanation but it’s always been like that here.” She’s based in New Zealand.
She knew, for sure, that good weather would follow. Why? It’s nature. I love how God communicates His love for us through it — through the natural occurrences of life. There was a time when I was so heartbroken and depressed. My darkness had blocked out God’s light and I couldn’t see His purpose for allowing me to experience that situation. I didn’t want to wake up the next morning to the same pain. I didn’t see the point of living another day. But after that point of zero visibility, the sun came out. I made it through. The Lord healed me and raised me up from my suffering to experience His glory once again.
Scientific explanation?
God is faithful.
And we can depend on it… because it’s His nature. George Gabriel
 
REFLECTION:
Just because the sun isn’t shining doesn’t mean it’s not there.
 
In the midst of the storm, I will be still and know You are God.
 
COMPANION

 

1st READING
 
Jesus’ victory is so complete that it extends to us. Paul clearly tells us that the days of the reign of sin as experienced in a form of evil compulsion are gone. Alleluia to that! We can now live as we ought to as children of God moving along the path that will lead to eternal life. There is nothing that can stop us from doing this anymore if we are willing to reject the temptations that sin will keep trying to place before us.
 
Romans 8:12-17
12 Brothers and sisters: We are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “ Abba, Father!” 16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 68:2 and 4. 6-7ab. 20-21
R: Our God is the God of salvation.
1 [2] God arises; his enemies are scattered, and those who hate him flee before him. 3 [4] But the just rejoice and exult before God; they are glad and rejoice. (R) 5 [6] The father of orphans and the defender of widows is God in his holy dwelling. 6 [7] God gives a home to the forsaken; he leads forth prisoners to prosperity. (R) 19 [20] Blessed day by day be the Lord, who bears our burdens; God, who is our salvation. 20 [21] God is a saving God for us; the LORD, my Lord, controls  the passageways of death. (R)
 
G O S P E L
 
To be upset about the healing of someone with such a terrible ailment indicates a fairly sick sort of mind and heart, I think. The only truly loving response is one of joy and gratitude at the gift of healing. Let us never be jealous of the blessings God bestows on others but learn to rejoice in them, as God’s blessings are always given for the benefit of all and not just for an individual.
 
Luke 13:10-17
10 Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. 11 And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.” 13 He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. 14 But the leader of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in reply, “There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day.” 15 The Lord said to him in reply, Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? 16 This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?” 17 When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.
 
my reflections
think:God’s blessings are always given for the benefit of all and not just for an individual.
 
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Isaiah 37-40
 
SABBATH

 

AbbA — dAddy!
 
Those who read the moving novel “The Kite Runner” by the Afghan author Khaled Hosseini, surely could not stop reading when it came to that part where Amir was determined to adopt Sohrab, the son of his deceased friend Hassan. How difficult it was. The formalities at the US immigration nearly thwarted the attempt.
St. Paul writes in today’s first reading that we have received the “spirit of adoption.” Yes, God, our Creator, has adopted us and so made us brothers and sisters of His only Son Jesus Christ. For us it was easy. It happened when we were brought to baptism and the water of baptism was poured on our heads. But we cannot forget that Jesus had paid for it dearly. He took all our sins upon Himself, carried them up to the Cross and offered Himself as price to His Father. Because of this great sacrifice we have been accepted into the family of God. Not only that. Paul uses legal terms; he writes that through this adoption we have become “heirs of God.” And so we can call God “Abba” (Daddy). Yes, God has accepted us into His family and desires us to enjoy the intimate relationship between parent and child.
But what characterizes a relationship between a small child and a parent? There is first of all love. A child feels the love of his parents and responds to it with love. A child also senses that he would be helpless without the parents and so he trusts his parents in all situations. Love and trust. These are, therefore, the two basic attitudes we, adopted children of God, should have towards our Abba. Of course, I love God, you will say spontaneously. No doubt. But also when God does not grant what you ask for? Also when sufferings and trials enter your life? It is not easy to keep in such moments the childlike trust in Abba alive. Jesus went through a similar situation when He prayed in agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. May we, like Jesus, in the end surrender our problems in a childlike trust and say with Him, “Not my will be done, Abba, but Yours.” Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD
 
Reflection Question:
In which situations do I not behave like a child of my heavenly Father?
 
Lord, I don’t know how to express my gratitude for  Your loving kindness, for adopting me into the most intimate relationship possible. But what an ungrateful child have I been! Forgive me and make me learn more and more to trust  and love You even in times of trial and suffering when I don’t feel Your presence.
 
St. Demetrius of Sirmium, Martyr, pray for us.
 



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