Wednesday, May 19, 2010

God's Message For You Today, May 19, 2010

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DIDACHE | COMPANION | SABBATH
DIDACHE

DEATH WISH

“I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep
them from the evil one.” – John 17:15

When I first became a Christian, I wanted to die, literally. I saw no
point in continuing to live and be vulnerable to sin when I could be
with God in heaven as promised by Jesus. But then years went by and
I’m still alive and well. So I decided that since I cannot be in
heaven now, I might as well find ways to be closer to God here on
earth. I started serving in church as a member of the choir. I shared
my faith and gave hope to discouraged friends. I sought to purify
myself by leading my thoughts to God even as I struggle with the daily
realities of living in a material world.
          Little by little, although the longing for God remains, the
yearning to die has waned. And one day, it dawned on me. The kingdom
of heaven may be out of sight for now, but the Kingdom of God is
already here, and I helped establish it.
By living my faith, instead of just dying for it, I brought God closer
to myself and to everyone I shared Him with. I think I may like to
live for many more years, after all. Cecilia Lim (cez_lim@yahoo.com)

REFLECTION:
God sent us into this world to help establish His Kingdom. What can
you do to help?

Holy Father, protect me as I complete my journey to heaven.


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COMPANION

1st READING

While Paul is concerned for his communities, I am sure he knows that
it is the Holy Spirit who is the key for their ongoing strength and
development. If we build on our own abilities and strengths, we will
eventually falter and fail; if we build in the power of the Holy
Spirit, we will be successful beyond our wildest dreams.

Acts 20:28-38
28 At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus:
“Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the Holy
Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the church of
God that he acquired with his own blood. 29 I know that after my
departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare
the flock. 30 And from your own group, men will come forward
perverting the truth to draw the disciples away after them. 31 So be
vigilant and remember that for three years, night and day, I
unceasingly admonished each of you with tears. 32 And now I commend
you to God and to that gracious word of his that can build you up and
give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated. 33 I have
never wanted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You know well
that these very hands have served my needs and my companions. 35 In
every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help
the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself
said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” 36 When he had
finished speaking he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 They were
all weeping loudly as they threw their arms around Paul and kissed
him, 38 for they were deeply distressed that he had said that they
would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.

P S A L M

Psalm 68:29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab
R: Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
28 [29] Show forth, O God, your power. the power, O God, with which
you took our part; 29 [30] for your temple in Jerusalem let the kings
bring you gifts. (R) 32 [33] You kingdoms of the earth, sing to God,
chant praise to the Lord 33 [34] who rides on the heights of the
ancient heavens. Behold, his voice resounds, the voice of power 34
[35] “Confess the power of God!” (R) Over Israel is his majesty; his
power is in the skies. 35 [36] Awesome in his sanctuary is God, the
God of Israel; he gives power and strength to his people. (R)

G O S P E L

Jesus reminds us that He has consecrated us in the truth to the
Father. This means that all the promises offered in the Scriptures are
ours to receive if we are willing to place our trust, faith and hope
in them. This is an incredible gift and truth. More than just
reflecting upon these promises of God, we should start living them to
the full.

11 Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father,
keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one
just as we are. 12 When I was with them I protected them in your name
that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except
the son of destruction, in order that the scripture might be
fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so
that they may share my joy completely. 14 I gave them your word, and
the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more
than I belong to the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of
the world but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They do not
belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. 17 Consecrate
them in the truth. Your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the
world, so I sent them into the world. 19 And I consecrate myself for
them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”
1 Samuel 9-12
my reflections
t h i n k : All the promises offered in the Scriptures are ours to
receive if we are willing to place our trust, faith and hope in them.

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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  1Samuel 9-812

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SABBATH

CONSECRATED IN THE TRUTH

In His encounter with the scribes, Pharisees and elders of the people,
Jesus saw so much hypocrisy and fiddling around with the truth.
Disgusted with their self-righteousness, Jesus openly condemned them,
calling them hypocrites, whitewashed tombs and brood of vipers. Jesus
did not want His disciples to be anything like them. He does not want
any of us, His present-day disciples, to be hypocrites, self-righteous
and liars as well. In the Gospel today, Jesus consecrates us, His
disciples then and now, in the truth.
What does it mean to be consecrated in the truth?
First, to be consecrated in the truth means to love the truth always.
A lover of truth always seeks the truth, promotes the truth and
defends the truth at all cost.
Second, to be consecrated in the truth means to know the truth.
Seeking, promoting and defending the truth require knowing the truth.
Third, to be consecrated in the truth means to live by the truth. It
is not enough to know the truth; we must be truthful, too.
In the First Reading today, St. Paul warns the Christians in Ephesus
against fierce wolves as he bids them farewell. He knows that when he
is gone, men will be “coming forward with a travesty of truth on their
lips to induce the disciples to follow them.” These men, whom St. Paul
calls “fierce wolves,” will have no mercy on the flock. Such men (and
women) still prowl around like a roaring lion and, as St. Peter
describes them in one of his epistles, looking for someone to devour.
They are the best examples of what it means to not be consecrated in
the truth and they continue to gain allies until today. It is for this
reason that Jesus sends His Spirit. The Holy Spirit guides unto all
truth. Teaching and reminding all that Jesus said, the Holy Spirit is
the Advocate against “fierce wolves” and the Paraclete who aids
fidelity to the truth.
By virtue of our baptism, we have been consecrated in the truth. With
the Holy Spirit in our hearts, let us live according to this
consecration. Jesus prays for us in the Gospel today; let us grant Him
His prayer. Fr. Bobby Titco

Reflection Question:
Baptism consecrated me to the truth. Am I really truthful?

Pour upon me, Jesus, Your gift of truthfulness. May I not only know
the truth. Make me always truthful, too. Amen.

Blessed Alcuin, pray for us.


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