Saturday, April 24, 2010

God's Message For You Today, April 24, 2010

24 April
Saturday TODAY'S READINGS:

DIDACHE | COMPANION | SABBATH
DIDACHE

A DIFFERENT KIND OF HEALING

He gave her his hand and raised her up. – Acts 9: 41

Jean has made it her mission to help cancer patients. Her parents, father-in-law and, more recently, her husband passed away with the same illness. She now uses her own experiences to comfort others who are in a similar situation.
She goes out of her way to counsel those who are terminally ill. She listens. She cries with them. Her presence eases the pain and suffering. Moreover, she helps prepare them for what is to come.
Many are in denial. Some are angry. Others bargain with God. Still others just give in to hopelessness and say, "I don't care anymore." Jean helps them through these stages. She should know. She went through the same.
She is an avenue of non-physical miracles: relationships with God are restored; emotional needs are understood; and prayer life is re-discovered. The promise of heaven for those who are about to face death renews their spiritual life.
God made Jean an instrument for a different kind of healing.
What kind of healing can you give to the world?Jun Asis (mabuting.balita@gmail.com)

REFLECTION:
Look out for those people you are called to heal.

O Divine Physician, use me to become a healer. Make me Your conduit of healing love.

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COMPANION

1st READING

Peter works extraordinary miracles in the name of Jesus. Let us pray for a reawakening of the gift of miracles in the Church today so that we will see more of this incredible power God makes available through faith. The gifts of the Spirit are for all people of all time; they were not just given in order to get the Church started. How could God give something so powerful and blessed for only a few generations and not for the rest of history? He gives His all at all times in order that we may be saved and become His disciples.

Acts 9:31-42
31 The church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace. It was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord, and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit it grew in numbers. 32 As Peter was passing through every region, he went down to the holy ones living in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been confined to bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed. 34 Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed." He got up at once. 35 And all the inhabitants of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. 36 Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated means Dorcas). She was completely occupied with good deeds and almsgiving. 37 Now during those days she fell sick and died, so after washing her, they laid her out
in a room upstairs. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, "Please come to us without delay." 39 So Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs where all the widows came to him weeping and showing him the tunics and cloaks that Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40 Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to her body and said,
"Tabitha, rise up." She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. 41 He gave her his hand and raised her up, and when he had called the holy ones and the widows, he presented her alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many came to believe in the Lord.

P S A L M
Psalm 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
R: How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
12 How shall I make a return to the LORD for all the good he has done for me? 13 The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of the LORD. (R) 14 My vows to the LORD I will pay in the presence of all his people. 15 Precious in the eyes of the LORD is the death of
his faithful ones. (R) 16 O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your handmaid; you have loosed my bonds. 17 To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the LORD. (R)

G O S P E L

Many of Jesus' disciples leave Him. This indicates that there has been a real struggle to understand this teaching. It is not just symbolic talk that we are dealing with here. Jesus talks in the present active tense meaning what He is saying "is." Only a literal understanding of the text with a sacramental twist to that understanding will suffice to hold its true meaning.

John 6:60-69
60 Many of his disciples who were listening said, "This saying is hard; who can accept it?" 61 Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, "Does this shock you? 62 What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that gives life,
while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe." Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. 65 And he said, "For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father." 66 As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. 67 Jesus then said to the Twelve, "Do you also want to leave?" 68 Simon Peter answered him, "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God."

my reflections
think: Let us pray for a reawakening of the gift of miracles in the Church today so that we will see more of this incredible power God makes available through faith.
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God's special verse/thought for me today________________
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T O D A Y ' S BLESSING LIST
Thank You Lord for:____________________________________
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Numbers 31-33

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SABBATH

LORD, TO WHOM WILL WE GO?

The question with which Peter responds to Jesus' own question if they, His apostles, would stay or leave, is one that we would do well to ponder every time we think about abandoning our faith for anything else. It is the most sobering of all questions as the answer is frighteningly stark. If Jesus is not the answer, then God help us, if there is a God. To abandon faith in Christ is really to abandon the understanding that there is a God because if Jesus, the one sent by the Father to redeem humanity, is not worthy of being followed and obeyed, it is impossible to conceive of a better option!
Yes, people reject belief in God all the time these days but I tend to think that a lot of them are rejecting a particular concept of God they have constructed that is not worthy of belief in the first place. To have full knowledge of God, of who He is and what He offers us, and then reject Him, is virtually inconceivable to me. There are people who seem to walk this path as well, but they are very few and their salvation is in grave doubt. It is not a path to be recommended to or by anyone.
Peter's answer tells us that deep down, he and the other disciples have realized that there is something in their faith in Jesus that has become irrefutable to them and they are willing to stake their lives on it. And they will, as the opportunity for martyrdom arises in all of their lives except John. We capture here something of the essence of faith — that it is a relationship with a living person, God. It is neither an abstract concept nor an optional extra for our lives. Faith is essential to our humanity and until we discover it personally there will always be a type of restlessness within. It is quite easy to see this restlessness
within the lives of so-called atheists; how I wish it were just as easy to be able to reveal it to them and show them the solution. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

Reflection Question:
What part does faith play in my life? Have I really given over everything I am to my faith response to God or do I still seek to control certain aspects of my life?

Father, You have created us to be in relationship with You and we will be restless until we respond in faith to Your love.

St. Egbert, pray for us.

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