Wednesday, August 04, 2010

God's Message For You Today, August 4, 2010

4 August
Wednesday TODAY'S READINGS:

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DIDACHE

The Warm Filipino Hospitalit y

"The Lord appears to him from afar: With age-old love I have loved you; so I
have kept my mercy toward you." – Jeremiah 31:3

Do you think Filipinos lose their warm hospitality when they change nationality?

I don't think so. My husband and I stayed with Filipino friends who have been in

Canada and the US for more than 20 years and we were recipients of such
wonderful character trait.

Grace is an accountant in Toronto. We didn't even know her before we landed in
Toronto but our niece who was getting married entrusted us to her. She hosted us

for meals, drove for us and brought me to a doctor when I had a bout of
allergies. She was an angel sent by God to take care of me.
Evelyn is a nurse in Chicago. When my allergies did not improve with the
medication from Canada, she had another doctor see me. At their house one night
when I caught the chills, she hugged me with so much warmth. I felt she was my
older sister who had recently passed away and whom I missed.
Through their sincere caring, I felt the love and mercy of God. Through them I
felt the amazing grace of God flow through me. Through them my trust in God was
strengthened. Donna España (donna@homeliving.com.ph)

REFLECTION:
Your next visitor could be Jesus knocking on your door. How will you treat Him?

Lord, You send angels to minister to us in our time of need. Thank You so much
for Your love and mercy.


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COMPANION

1st READING

God has bought you because of His love for you. It is the knowledge of a truth
such as this that gives us the strength and courage to persevere in our service
of the Gospel. God has paid for us with the life of His Son; it is not much to
ask that we give something in return for such generosity.

Jeremiah 31:1-7
1 At that time, says the LORD, I will be the God of all the tribes of Israel,
and they shall be my people. 2 Thus says the LORD: The people that escaped the
sword have found favor in the desert. As Israel comes forward to be given his
rest, 3 the LORD appears to him from afar. "With age-old love I have loved you;
so I have kept my mercy toward you. 4 Again I will restore you, and you shall be

rebuilt, O virgin Israel; carrying your festive tambourines, you shall go forth
dancing with the merrymakers. 5 Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains

of Samaria; those who plant them shall enjoy the fruits. 6 Yes, a day will come
when the watchmen will call out on Mount Ephraim, "Rise up, let us go to Zion,
to the LORD, our God." 7 For thus says the LORD: Shout with joy for Jacob, exult

at the head of the nations; proclaim your praise and say: The LORD has delivered

his people, the remnant of Israel.

P S A L M

Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12ab, 13
R: The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guard his flock.
10 Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, proclaim it on distant coasts, and say:

He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together, he guards them as a shepherd

his flock. (R) 11 The LORD shall ransom Jacob, he shall redeem him from the hand

of his conqueror. 12 Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion, they shall
come streaming to the LORD's blessings. (R) 13 Then the virgins shall make merry

and dance, and young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into joy, I

will console and gladden them after their sorrows. (R)

G O S P E L

Today we remember St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. This man

lived a very simple life spending up to 18 hours a day in the confessional.
People would travel (read walk because they were very poor) from hundreds of
miles away just to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation with him. His holiness
attracted many to him but his fame never distracted him from his ministry. Day
after day he would pray, eat a little and hear confessions. It may sound boring
to you, but it was joy to this man of great faith.

Matthew 15:21-28
21 At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a

Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, "Have pity on me, Lord,
Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon." 23 But he did not say a word

in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, "Send her away, for she
keeps calling out after us." 24 He said in reply, "I was sent only to the lost
sheep of the house of Israel." 25 But the woman came and did him homage, saying,

"Lord, help me." 26 He said in reply, "It is not right to take the food of the
children and throw it to the dogs." 27 She said, "Please, Lord, for even the
dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters." 28 Then Jesus
said to her in reply, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as
you wish." And her daughter was healed from that hour.

my reflections
t h i n k : God has paid for us with the life of His Son; it is not much to ask
that we give something in return for such generosity.

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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 1 Maccabees 9-10


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SABBATH

EVERLASTING LOVE

We talk about it, we sing about it. We preach about it, we hear about it. We act

upon it — love. It is the topic of television dramas, gossip magazines, and our
daily conversations. Good or bad, it is part of our lives. We have been created
to love because the God of love has created us to be.
Jeremiah is the prophet who reminds the people of God's love, as prophets are
supposed to do, although no one ever seems to pay attention! The Israelites,
driven into exile, experience a loss of hope. They have felt abandoned by their
own country and Jeremiah speaks a message of hope. Challenging and confronting,
nevertheless, hopeful. God reminds the people, through the prophet, that God has

loved them with an everlasting love, an age-old love, and that His affection and

mercy is everlasting, constant and never ending. The prophet reminds the people
of the love of God that will restore and rebuild their lives.
The image is that of the collapsed ruins of a city, totally destroyed and
annihilated. Yet, the truth is that love will prevail. God's love always
prevails. Is it not the same as we meditate on the Cross of Jesus? Seemingly
destroyed, annihilated, and ruined in body, Jesus dies — only to rise again in
all glory and power from the Father. This is the triumph of the love of God.
This is our hope. Are there areas in your life where you feel lost or ruined?
Has sin taken hold of you? Do you feel imprisoned by your faults and failures?
Do you need to be rebuilt and restored? Then trust in the word of the prophet,
"God has loved you with an everlasting love and His affection for you is
constant and never ending." Fr. Brian Steele, MGL

Reflection Question:
Where in my life do I feel abandoned by family, friends or God? What areas of my

life need to be rebuilt and restored in the Lord?

Lord God, Your love is everlasting. May this love heal me and restore me to Your

grace and holiness. Come, Holy Sprit, rebuild my life in grace and strength.
Amen.

St. Lua, pray for us.

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