READINGS for 2009-11-09
Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy. – 1 Corinthians 3:17
“There is nothing in the Bible that says we shouldn’t smoke or drink.”
I’ve heard this line many times over. In casual conversations, in family gatherings and even in outreach missions.
However, if we digest this verse in 1 Corinthians 3:17, we would note that common vices like smoking and drinking liquor destroys our body, which is the temple of God.
Even governments have recognized that smoking destroys our body and have ruled to put the words “smoking is dangerous to your health” in all cigarette advertisements.
And what about alcoholic drinks? Same thing! You become intoxicated, your brain cells are destroyed and your liver is affected. This, too, destroys your body.
In addition, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 warns us, “Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived… drunkards… will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
My friend, are you still in bondage to these vices? Pray for release. And have a healthy lifestyle. Danny Tariman
“You have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
Lord, I surrender these vices to You. Let Your Spirit fill me.
The fruitfulness of our lives in terms of the Kingdom of God will be directly proportional to the degree to which we immerse ourselves in the river of God’s grace and blessings. This may sound like I am stating the obvious but it obviously needs to be stated as there are not many people who fully immerse themselves in the grace of God in their lives. Why do I know this? Simply because the Holy Spirit does not reign in the lives of all men and women on earth!
Ezekiel 47:1-2. 8-9. 12
1 They brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the facade of the temple was toward the east; the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He led me outside by the north gate, and around to the outer gate facing the east, where I saw water trickling from the southern side. 8 He said to me, “This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah, and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh. 9 Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh. 12 Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail. Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary. Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.”
P S A L M
Psalm 46:2-3. 5-6. 8-9
R: The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High.
1  God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. 2  Therefore we fear not, though the earth be shaken and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea. (R) 4  There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High. 5  God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed; God will help it at the break of dawn. (R) 7  The LORD of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob. 8  Come! behold the deeds of the LORD, the astounding things he has wrought on earth. (R)
God’s Spirit is fashioning us into the people He wants us to be with the gifts and talents we need to contribute to the life of the Kingdom of God. Whether we like it or not, a lot of this shaping and molding will be done by those the Lord raises up as our leaders. We have to learn to submit our lives to lawful moral authority in order to cooperate properly with God’s grace. It is not that they are better than we are but that God has given them responsibility for a certain task. Let us make their job/ministry as easy as we possibly can.
1 Corinthians 3:9c-11. 16-17
9 Brothers and sisters: You are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, 11 for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ. 16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.
G O S P E L
One of my lecturers in the seminary was writing his PhD on the line where Jesus tells us that He was referring to His body and not the physical stone Temple. It is important for us to realize that the Christian faith has a shift in focus from this physical world to the spiritual realities of our lives. It is when we realize this that much of the Scriptures will take on a new meaning and we will begin to understand the message of the Gospel. This world is passing away; our souls will live on forever!
13 Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money-changers seated there. 15 He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables, 16 and to those who sold doves he said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” 17 His disciples recalled the words of scripture, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 At this the Jews answered and said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the scripture and the word Jesus had spoken.
think:This world is passing away; our souls will live on forever!
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Jeremiah 23-26
A temple Of the hOly spiRit
I do not believe that many people today really consider their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit; they are more likely to perceive and use them as means by which to have pleasure — both licit and illicit. St. Paul encourages us to reflect a little more deeply than just the next bout of pleasure and ask ourselves, “What is the significance of the fact that I am an embodied person?” There is more to life than pleasure.
The fact that God has given us bodies means that they have been given to us for a particular purpose and that purpose is to share in the divine life of God, beginning now while we are on our earthly journeys. One of the facts of our having bodies is that we have been created either male or female and as such, together are made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Our sexuality grants us the capacity to join with a member of the opposite sex and form a new community, the family. In this stable relationship, we have the right to seek to raise children, should God give them to us. It is for this task He commands us to live and populate the earth (Genesis 1:28). In reflecting upon this command and the indissolubility of the union of husband and wife (Genesis 2:24-25), we discover the basis for the Catholic understanding of marriage.
It is in respecting our bodies for the purposes for which they are made that we will give greater glory to God. Our bodies can be used for all sorts of other purposes, some of which give glory to God, honest work, play, etc. and others that do not, for example, any sin. It is up to us what we do with our bodies. One thing for sure I know: our bodies are precious gifts from God and we should do all that we can to use them for His glory and not just in seeking the pleasures of the world and sin. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
How do I see my responsibility to use the gift of my body for the glory of God and not just as something that is passing away?
Father, You have created us in Your image and likeness to receive and give love to You and others. Help me to live life to the full according to Your will and thus give You glory in all that I do.
St. Benignus, Bishop, pray for us.
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