READINGS for 2009-11-10

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



NoT By my PoWER
“We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.” – Luke 17:10
It was no big deal for me. Nothing unconventional from my point of view, really. Without much effort and sweat, I thought I just did what was supposed to be done. But not to Rommel and his family. For them, it spelled a difference that turned their lives around.
Rommel used to be a drunkard and an addict. His faithfulness and love for his family were no bigger than the pills and drugs that consumed him. While Rommel was busting bottles, his wife was breaking her back to make both ends meet for two years.
Then my brother asked me to help Rommel get a job. With my network of employer friends, it was just a matter of running my fingers across my cell phone and making calls. I warned Rommel though that he should do well or else….
And good he did; the “else” didn’t matter anymore. His wife and son were elated with his complete turnaround. Rommel performed well at work and even better at home. He soon got a promotion and is now due for a post abroad. How can something insignificant make a big difference in the lives of others? It must be the power from the One who matters most. Hermie morelos
Do your part and let God work out the rest of the miracle.
Lord, use me as Your hands and feet in my world. Amen.


Only God can change our lives for the better and overcome the power of death that sin has set loose in the world. It is very sad to see lives ruined by the insistence of people not to surrender to the grace of God. All we can do is hope and pray that they will realize their mistake before it is too late. Yes, there is a time when it is too late! We need to remember this and ensure that we respond NOW to the graces God is offering us.
Wisdom 2:23-3:9
23 God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him. 24 But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who are in his possession experience it. 3: 1 But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. 2 They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction 3 and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. 4 For if before men, indeed, they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality; 5 chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself. 6 As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself. 7 In the time of their visitation they shall shine, and shall dart about as sparks through stubble; 8 they shall judge nations and rule over peoples, and the LORD shall be their King forever. 9 Those who trust in him shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with him in love: Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and his care is with the elect.
Psalm 34:2-3. 16-17. 18-19
R: I will bless the Lord at all times.
1 [2] I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. 2 [3] Let my soul glory in the LORD; the lowly will hear me and be glad. (R) 15 [16] The LORD has eyes for the just, and ears for their cry. 16 [17] The LORD confronts the evildoers, to destroy remembrance of them from the earth. (R) 17 [18] When the just cry out, the LORD hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them. 18 [19] The LORD is close to the broken-hearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. (R)
We cannot manipulate or control God in any way whatsoever. It is impossible so it is not worth wasting our energy trying to do it. God is the Lord and Master. He may choose to put on an apron and serve at table from time to time as He did at the Last Supper, but we should never be so arrogant to expect this sort of treatment. We should expect Him to direct our lives. We can be sure that when He does this that all He directs us to do is for our own good!
Luke 17:7-10
7 Jesus said to the Apostles: “Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’? 8 Would he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished’? 9 Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? 10 So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’ ”
my reflections
think:All that God directs us to do is for our own good.

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WhAt is OuR chRistiAn duty?
Jesus presents to us a parable concerning duty. The big question we have to answer is, “What exactly is our Christian duty?” Then we might have some idea of what it is that we need to be doing. The duty of a servant is quite clear and we do not have to think about it much; however, Jesus tells us that we are no longer mere servants (John 15); we have become His friends and even to some extent His brothers and sisters. What ramifications do these relationships bring to our understanding of Christian duty?
I think that it is important to note that Christ wants us to base our faith on being in relationship with God and not just being some sort of servant of the divine will. This much is clear to me; where we go from here is not so clear! On reflection, I do not think there is a simple answer to the question we have posed precisely because we are dealing with the desire of God to be in relationship with us. He does not want mere subservience from us — He wants love; He does not want us to view Him as some sort of tyrannical judge in an Orwellian “Big Brother” sense — He wants us to love him.
God has rewritten the basis for our understanding of Christian duty by sending Jesus as a human being to draw us back to Himself. In this act, God says that He wants to treat us as individuals with inherent dignity that makes demands upon Him as well as us. We know that God will be faithful in respecting our dignity and choices. It is precisely in the midst of our choices that we will discover what the demands of Christian duty are upon us.
God calls us to a response to His love that is fitting to our status as free human beings; free to choose what we want from our relationships. Our duty to God is to use that freedom to choose well and to unite ourselves with God rather than work against Him. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Reflection Question:
Jesus’ example teaches us the nature of free obedience and its fundamental character as far as a relationship with God is concerned. Do I understand what it means to exercise my free will well, or badly?
Holy Spirit, help me to open my heart to the grace You offer so that the choices I make will truly reflect my dignity as a human person and lead me deeper into relationship with God.
St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor, pray for us.

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