READINGS for 2012-07-14
“Here I am,” I said, “send me!” – Isaiah 6:8
High from my mountaintop experience in the Holy Land, I would utter the words, “Send me,” after receiving the Eucharist every morning. I was filled to the brim with God’s love and all I wanted was to serve Him. But I didn’t know how and where.
One Friday morning after the Holy Hour, I noticed two ladies a few rows behind me, whispering to each other. One was a friend while the other, our parish pastoral council (PPC) president, was just a familiar face.
On my way out, my friend introduced me to the PPC president. And then the latter talked to me. They were looking for someone to head the education ministry of the parish and she asked if I was willing to accept it.
I was dumbfounded. Head a ministry? I wasn’t even a member of any organization at the time. But deep within, I felt peace. I knew God was answering my prayer. I knew He was sending me, finally.
I accepted the offer and it led me to other forms of involvement in the parish — and even outside of it.
God sends us to our mission fields when He sees we’re ready for service. Just like when Jesus had to wait for 30 years before His public ministry began.Tess V. Atienza (email@example.com)
The Lord waits for a willing spirit. Are you ready?
Lord, enkindle in me the fire of Your love. A willing spirit create in me that I may follow You wherever You send me.
St. Camillus de Lellis, priest, pray for us.
Isaiah knows that he is unworthy to be a prophet. The same is true for all of us. The fact, though, is God still calls us to speak and live for Him. He calls us to be witnesses to His love and mercy. It is important to remember that mercy is meaningless if we deserve it. God chooses to redeem us while we are sinners, not because we have earned such a grace.
1 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple. 2 Seraphim were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two they veiled their feet, and with two they hovered aloft. 3 They cried one to the other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts! All the earth is filled with his glory!” 4 At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shook and the house was filled with smoke. 5 Then I said, “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, holding an ember that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said. “See, now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, your sin purged.” 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am,” I said; “send me!”
P S A L M
Psalm 93:1, 1-2, 5
R: The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
1 The Lord is king, in splendor robed; robed is the Lord and girt about with strength. (R) And he has made the world firm, not to be moved. 2 Your throne stands firm from of old; from everlasting you are, O Lord. (R) 5 Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed: holiness befits your house, O Lord, for length of days. (R)
We will never outdo God in holiness. We will never get to the point where our wisdom is better than His. This is the truth and we need to be serious about being a disciple of Jesus and following where He leads us.
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of God rests upon you.
24 Jesus said to his Apostles: “No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household! 26 Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. 27 What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. 30 Even all the hairs of your head are counted. 31 So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 32 Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. 33 But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
think: We will never outdo God in holiness.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Ezra 1-5
BE NOT AFRAID
There were many traveling missionaries during the early stages of the Church and there was great suspicion among many who the true ones were. The disciples of Jesus are called to be simple, honest and bold in their proclamation. They were told not to be afraid as the Lord will take care of all things.
Like the first reading, we find ourselves unworthy of so great a task. Yet we are also reminded that it’s not ourselves so much as the Lord working through us. This can give us great encouragement that the Lord is guiding, leading and accompanying us. We simply need to be open to His grace and cooperate. Easier said than done, as we often get in the way of the Lord. Like Isaiah the prophet of old, we can say, “Here I am Lord, send me.” God the Father anticipates our every need. He knows the intimate details of our life. Every hair has been counted! (I like that since I don’t have much to count!) The Father even notices the sparrows that fall to the ground. None of us notice that; we couldn’t care less but the Father does.
God the Father understands our fears; He knows our weaknesses and our limitations. However, God also knows the capacity and the potential there
is within all of us. He is our Father-Creator. We are great and very useful in the eyes of God.
Let us place our trust in the Loving Father. Let us not be afraid to bring our fears to the Father. He will calm and comfort us in His presence. Be not afraid to turn to Him in prayer, solitude and in quiet. He waits for you. The Lily of the Mohawk Indians, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, was beatified in 1980 and serves as a model of one who gave herself to God and dedicated herself to the concerns of others. Today we ask her intercession to help us to always trust in God’s provision. Fr. Brian Steele, MGL
REFLECTION QUESTION: What are your dominant fears — fear of the unknown, of people, of unfulfilled promises, of being out of control, or of the loss of heaven?
Lord, I am afraid of many things. Teach me to trust in Your perfect love that casts out all fear. I bring my fears before You and lay them at Your feet.
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