READINGS for 2009-11-04
loVE IN TINy BITS
“… love is the fulfillment of the law.” – Romans 13:10
My husband does small deeds that make our bond grow stronger. I remember when we were just married and didn’t have a car, he would wait for me at a bus stop, sometimes for hours, just so we could ride home together for the rest of the way. He would remember to greet me on our “month-sary” twice — on the wedding and the “going steady” dates. He’d scribble for me small love notes and I’d reciprocate them.
It’s like that with Jesus. He shows me bits of His love that solidifies my relationship with Him. He’d give me a parking space at a crowded mall. A check I lost is found after I say a short prayer. The fish in our pond died but, after a few days, we discovered fingerlings in the same pond. We grieved over the loss of our pet African lovebirds that were ravaged by cats but, after a week, we caught a parrot trapped in our house.
I take all these as His way of saying “I love you.” And I’ll say the same to Him… forever. Donna España
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails.” (1Corinthians 13:7)
Teach me, Father, to love as Jesus loved! Amen.
Debt in the financial sense of the word is something that we should try to avoid if at all possible. There is no such thing as good debt. Sometimes it may be unavoidable but it is far better for us to try and live with the things we have and the things we can afford than to burden ourselves with ever-growing debt responsibilities. There are aspects of the economy of a nation and the world over which we as individuals have little control of. Let us try to avoid placing ourselves at the mercy of such forces.
8 Brothers and sisters: Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, namely “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.
P S A L M
Psalm 112:1b-2. 4-5. 9
R: Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
1 Blessed the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commands. 2 His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth; the upright generation shall be blessed. (R) 4 He dawns through the darkness, a light for the upright; he is gracious and merciful and just. 5 Well for the man who is gracious and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. (R) 9 Lavishly he gives to the poor; his generosity shall endure forever; his horn shall be exalted in glory. (R)
G O S P E L
When it comes to the bottom line, God asks us to give up everything for Him. Jesus clearly tells us in the Gospel that we must be prepared to do this or we cannot hope to be His disciple. Lucky for us that God does not abandon us if are unwilling to give up all for Him. He works with us until the time that we are willing to give all. This is when we become saints. If it takes death to forcibly remove the ‘things’ from our lives that stop us from following God fully, then so be it. However, the sooner we can let go of the world, the sooner we will find our lives under the full blessing of God.
25 Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and he turned and addressed them, 26 “If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? 29 Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him 30 and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’ 31 Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? 32 But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms. 33 In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”
think: The sooner we can let go of the world, the sooner we will find our lives under the full blessing of God.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Jeremiah 5-7
giving up All Of OuR pOssessiOns
What does Jesus mean when He says that we must give up all of our possessions if we want to be considered as one of His disciples? Do we have to take His words literally or is there another way of looking at them that is equally valid?
I think the answer to the latter question is both yes and no. The ultimate meaning of Jesus’ statement is that we cannot afford to have anything come between our relationship with Him. The truth of the matter is that we are all attached to our worldly belongings to one degree or another. The question we have to answer concerns how we detach ourselves from the things of this world in order to receive, embrace and live the offer of eternal life.
This is what life’s journey here on earth is all about — learning to choose Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven above all the pleasures of the kingdom of this world. That is not to say that this world is evil, just that we have to keep the world and its pleasures in the right context — they are passing away and are ultimately incapable of fulfilling us. Only a fool would choose the world over and above eternal life. Sorry to say, there seems to be a lot of fools out there. I hope we are not numbered among them. Jesus teaches us what detachment is when He is born into the world in what we call the Incarnation. Jesus leaves behind the glory of heaven for a while — detaches Himself from it — and embraces our human existence in order to save us. We must come to realize, through conversion and faith, that we have to let go of all that the world offers us as it is all passing away. It cannot last or endure. This is not easy to do as the attractions of the world are often very attractive, even seductive. Nevertheless, the Gospel teaches us that our hope and desires must rest in what God offers us, not the world. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Examine your life and discern what aspects of it you need to change in order to be more faithful in following Jesus as His disciple.
Holy Spirit, I need Your help to make the difficult decisions in my life as to what my focus should be. Help me to let go of the attractions of the world that cannot fulfill me and to embrace the promises You gave to me in the Gospel.
St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop, pray for us.
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