Tuesday, April 13, 2010

God's Message For You Today, April 13, 2010

TODAY'S READINGS:

DIDACHE | COMPANION | SABBATH
DIDACHE

WE ARE ONE

The community of believers was of one heart and mind. – Acts 4:32

I have an uncle who is a Mormon and a cousin who is a member of Ang Dating Daan. There was a time when we would challenge one another's beliefs during reunions, trying to "convert" one another or at least come up on top in the debate.
No one has ever left the table a winner.
Why?
Instead of focusing on what we commonly believed, such as living upright, praying, giving and loving, we chose to focus on what made us different.
After a while, we realized the futility of arguing. And what do we now focus on during reunions?
Eating heartily and having fun.
Now there is laughter and joy as we catch up with each other's lives. We serve food to one another and honor the presence of our elders. Our children play games and dance and sing.
After all we are family and that is the reason for reunions. It reminds us that we have more sameness than differences.
We can be one, even if we have different beliefs. Jun Asis (mabuting.balita@gmail.com)

REFLECTION:
Family, kindness, generosity, love, faith, hope: Look to these similarities that will overshadow any difference.

Lord, may I find common ground to build a loving relationship with those of different beliefs, especially those in my family. Amen.

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COMPANION

1st READING

The unity of the Early Christian community was essential to its survival throughout its persecution. If they were divided, they surely would have fallen. Let us learn from their example and be inspired to work together for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of those who are yet to respond to its call.

Acts 4:32-37
32 The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. 34 There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, 35 and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need. 36 Thus Joseph, also named by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated "son of encouragement"), a Levite, a Cypriot by birth, 37 sold a piece of property that he owned, then brought the money and put it at the feet of the Apostles.

P S A L M

Psalm 93:1ab, 1cd-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)

G O S P E L

Jesus refers to both the past and the present in this text when He talks about His being 'lifted up.' The past is a reference to Moses lifting the serpent in the desert and all who looked upon it being healed; the future is a reference to the cross of Jesus and how all who look on the crucified Christ and believe in His love will be saved!

John 3:7b-15
7 Jesus said to Nicodemus: "'You must be born from above.' 8 The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." 9 Nicodemus answered and said to him, "How can this happen?" 10 Jesus answered and said to him, "You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this? 11 Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. 12 If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life."

my reflections
t h i n k : Let us learn from the example of unity of the Early Christian community and be inspired to work together for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of those who are yet to respond to its call.


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SABBATH

WE MUST STRUGGLE TO BELIEVE WHEN IN DOUBT

Nicodemus will not die wondering. He is giving all that he can in order to understand what Jesus has to say to him in answer to his questions. This is a great example for us. I love to see people pursuing a good object or end with the attitude, "never give up!" It is inspiring to see people with the attitude that there is no mountain too high or chasm too deep that it will stop them from attaining their goal. Remember, St. Paul tells us that God never tests us beyond our strength and that with the Holy Spirit beside us, nothing is impossible.
I can remember the first time I struggled to understand a math concept. I was in my fourth year in high school and we were studying Cartesian diagrams. For one reason or another, I could not grasp the essence of the lesson. I went home and went over the notes in the book and, presto! I understood it as I struggled through the seemingly at first gobbledy-gook of a chapter. However, once I gained the essential insight, the whole lesson fell into place like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle coming together. It was a lesson to me: if at first you do not succeed, try and try again.
This is an attitude we have to bring to our faith understanding or we will often be left wondering what it is the Spirit is trying to say to us. As a child I was often told that the good things in life often only come through struggle and nothing could be truer of my experience of the spiritual life. In fact, if there is not a struggle involved in attaining something, we will never really appreciate it in its fullness as we have not had to work and sacrifice in order to get it. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

Reflection Question:
Nicodemus struggles to come to an understanding of what the Spirit is saying to him. Do I struggle to understand my faith with the same integrity as his?

Father, You call us to eternal life with You. I cannot think of any greater reward for faithfulness than this. Help me to always seek to understand fully the different aspects of my faith.

St. Caradoc, pray for us.

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