Thursday, May 20, 2010

God's Message For You Today, May 20, 2010

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DIDACHE | COMPANION | SABBATH
DIDACHE

witness

“Take courage. For just as you have borne witness to my cause in
Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness in Rome.” – Acts 23:11

“If there is a God, why would He let so many horrible things happen? I
wonder why when a child is saved from a burning building or gets a
miracle cure for cancer, people praise God. But when a 9/11 happens,
He does not get the condemnation. If I can get around these questions,
I will have a better chance of restoring a faith long since lost.”
This e-mail came from my Irish colleague Derek based in Singapore, who
was still grieving the death of his toddler son.
Can I lead him back? We had animated debates at work but managed to
talk about life whenever he was in town. In between, I would forward
inspirational text messages. He would be amazed how each message came
as a timely answer to a dilemma.
Before he left the company, he wrote, “In many ways, Marie, I have a
very deep respect for people like you who have been through personal
challenges and have come out the other side with the help of your
faith.”
I did not preach. But if in the process of walking my faith his would
be restored, what a blessing! Marie Franco (rfranco@its.jnj.com)

REFLECTION:
Did God allow me to cross paths with a non-believer to bear witness?

Use me, O Lord.


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COMPANION

1st READING

Paul is no fool and he is not beyond turning his enemies on to each
other if it might be to his benefit and, more importantly, to the
benefit of the Gospel. Even in captivity he is still able to proclaim
the Good News to his captors and to meet with those who come to see
him for advice. Paul does not think of his own welfare first but of
that of the Church. What an inspiration!

Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
30 Wishing to determine the truth about why Paul was being accused by
the Jews, the commander freed him and ordered the chief priests and
the whole Sanhedrin to convene. Then he brought Paul down and made him
stand before them. 23: 6 Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and
some Pharisees, so he called out before the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I
am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees; I am on trial for hope in the
resurrection of the dead.” 7 When he said this, a dispute broke out
between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the group became divided. 8
For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection or angels or
spirits, while the Pharisees acknowledge all three. 9 A great uproar
occurred, and some scribes belonging to the Pharisee party stood up
and sharply argued, “We find nothing wrong with this man. Suppose a
spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” 10 The dispute was so serious
that the commander, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them,
ordered his troops to go down and rescue him from their midst and take
him into the compound. 11 The following night the Lord stood by him
and said, “Take courage. For just as you have borne witness to my
cause in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness in Rome.”

P S A L M

Psalm 16:1-2a, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
R: Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
1 Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge; 2 I say to the LORD,
“My Lord are you.” 5 O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup, you it is
who hold fast my lot. (R) 7 I bless the LORD who counsels me; even in
the night my heart exhorts me. 8 I set the LORD ever before me; with
him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. (R) 9 Therefore my
heart is glad and my soul rejoices, my body, too, abides in
confidence. 10 Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether
world, nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
(R) 11 You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your
presence, the delights at your right hand forever. (R)

G O S P E L

Jesus tells His disciples that work of the Gospel will extend beyond
them to others. The Gospel has been entrusted to us and thus we need
to do what we can to pass on the Good News of our salvation to as many
people as we can. Jesus has a place in His plan of salvation for us
all; let us seek it out and live it as faithfully as we can.

John 17:20-26
20 Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “I pray not
only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their
word, 21 so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I
in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that
you sent me. 22 And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that
they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they
may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you
sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, they
are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me
before the foundation of the world. 25 Righteous Father, the world
also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent
me. 26 I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that
the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”
1 Samuel 13-16
my reflections
t h i n k : The Gospel has been entrusted to us and thus we need to do
what we can to pass on the Good News to as many people as we can.
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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 13-16

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SABBATH

ONE BUT NOT THE SAME

Jesus’ “high priestly prayer” ends today. Today’s Gospel is exactly
what rhetoricians of old would call “peroration.” Peroration is that
part of a speech that, among other things, restates the speaker’s main
theme with an added emotional emphasis.
With all the four chapters of His prayer (14-17) in John, one theme
stands: Jesus is leaving His disciples, but will return. “I will not
leave you orphans,” He says. He will be gone from their sight but, in
a mysterious yet real way, remain with His disciples if they are
faithful to His teaching. Just before He gives an “amen” to His long
after-dinner speech or prayer, Jesus repeats this theme, but with a
new twist. Jesus seems concerned only not with the apostles who were
physically gathered around Him that evening; He widens the scope of
His solicitude by embracing all “those who will believe” in Him
through the words of His apostles. He promises that the future
generations of His disciples will also continually enjoy His presence.
All Christians from the time of the apostles up until ours are
included in the prayer that Jesus offered to the Father as a “grace
after meals” of the Last Supper.
“Father, may they be one, just as You and I are one,” Jesus prayed.
But, sadly, we remain disunited. Out of the total population of
Christians, only 60 to 63 percent are in union with the Pope, the
appointed vicar of Christ on earth. Serious conflicts among different
Christian churches gave birth, first to the orthodox churches of the
East, next to the Protestant churches of the West. The Protestant
break-off eventually led to further fragmentation, so that today we
are witnesses to the reality that the protesting churches are divided
and subdivided into sects. More than allegations of sexual misbehavior
and more than even the inquisition of medieval times, disunity is
Christianity’s greatest scandal.
If we do dare pray with Jesus His “high priestly prayer,” is the
“amen” that we give His peroration? If not, then, in our small and big
ways, let us sow seeds of unity with all Christians and create more
avenues for true collaborative mission in the world. Fr. Bobby Titco

Reflection Question:
Disunity is Christianity’s greatest scandal.

May we be united, Jesus, as You and the Father are united. Heal every
wound of division among those who bear the name “Christian.” Amen.

St. Aquila, pray for us.


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