Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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

20 October
Wednesday TODAY'S READINGS:

DIDACHE | COMPANION | SABBATH
DIDACHE

THE INSIDE MAN

…in whom we have boldness of speech and confidence of access through faith in
Him. – Ephesians 3:12

I have a friend who happens to be well connected. One time we needed to get a
pass into a restricted area in the airport. He immediately volunteered, "I know
someone who can get us in." One phone call and we were granted full access all
the way, just like V.I.P.s.
It's the same when we come before the Father through Jesus Christ. Knowing Jesus

personally gives us the confidence to enter into His presence and ask for
anything in His name.
I believe God offers us all the same blessings. He loves us all equally. What
makes the difference is how open we are to receiving them.
And one factor in being open is our believing — our confidence that we deserve
the blessings as His children.
When we are confident, we can spread our arms wider and say, "Lord, bless me
abundantly!"
But when we don't know anyone on the inside, we might just settle for a small
amount because we feel we're standing on the outside, unconnected. George
Tolentino Gabriel (george.svp@gmail.com)

REFLECTION:
Do you feel you deserve God's blessings? Or are you standing on the outside?

Lord, grant me the joy of having a personal relationship with Your Son, Jesus.


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COMPANION

1st READING

The creation of the world rests in the hands of God. We are mere custodians of
that creation and to a small degree share in the ongoing work of creation
through begetting children and the work and toil of our hands. It is a privilege

to share in this work and so we ought to choose carefully the work that we do so

that it is always in accord with the values that God desires in His creation.
The world has become contaminated with sin and so we must ensure that we act for

good and not evil.

Ephesians 3:2-12
2 Brothers and sisters: You have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that
was given to me for your benefit, 3 namely, that the mystery was made known to
me by revelation, as I have written briefly earlier. 4 When you read this you
can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known

to human beings in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy
apostles and prophets by the Spirit, 6 that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of

the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

7 Of this I became a minister by the gift of God's grace that was granted me in
accord with the exercise of his power. 8 To me, the very least of all the holy
ones, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of
Christ, 9 and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery hidden
from ages past in God who created all things, 10 so that the manifold wisdom of
God might now be made known through the church to the principalities and
authorities in the heavens. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he

accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness of speech and

confidence of access through faith in him.

P S A L M
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
R: You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
2 God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my
courage is the LORD, and he has been my savior. 3 With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation. (R) 4 Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds, proclaim how exalted is his name. (R) 5
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement; let this be known
throughout all the earth. 6 Shout with exultation, O city of Zion, for great in
your midst is the Holy One of Israel! (R)

G O S P E L

We are called to be prepared for whatever the Lord may ask us to do. This means
that we have to be ready at all times for anything. The possibilities are
endless when it comes to the life of the Church. One that we should never rule
out as a young single person is that God may be calling us to priestly or
religious life. Let us be open to that call and ready
to respond if necessary.

Luke 12:39-48
39 Jesus said to his disciples: "Be sure of this: if the master of the house had

known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be
broken into. 40 You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the

Son of Man will come." 41 Then Peter said, "Lord, is this parable meant for us
or for everyone?" 42 And the Lord replied, "Who, then, is the faithful and
prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute

the food allowance at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his
master on arrival finds doing so. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will put him in
charge of all his property. 45 But if that servant says to himself, 'My master
is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants,
to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 then that servant's master will come on an
unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign
him a place with the unfaithful. 47 That servant who knew his master's will but
did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten
severely; 48 and the servant who was ignorant of his master's will but acted in
a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be
required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of
the person entrusted with more."
Sirach 36-40
my reflections
t h i n k : We are called to be prepared for whatever the Lord may ask us to do.

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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Sirach 36-40

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SABBATH

With God, We Have Everything

After stressing the need to be vigilant, the Lord continued to speak about the
price of vigilance or non-vigilance. Here we find that we cannot take for
granted the Lord's command to anticipate His coming actively. We have so much to

do, and our acts — what we have or have not done — have a corresponding
consequence.

This is very clear in the Gospel today. Those who knew God's Will but did not
act on it will suffer severely. Those who did not know yet still did things
worthy of severe punishment will be given lighter punishments. And those who
prepared and responsibly acted on His Will will be fully rewarded. These are
good incentives and just arrangements that reflect and prove God's everlasting
love. He does not want us to be left outside the Kingdom. If threatening us
would make us vigilant, then so be it.
But vigilance must not be based on reward and punishment. Our relationship with
God must rise to the level of a loving relationship — a love of God and
obedience to His will that is not based on the graces we will be worthy of
receiving. The best servant does not work because of the reward. Instead, he
sees his service to His master as its own reward. We must not be content with
receiving graces from God because God Himself is Grace. When we have God, we
have everything. Being vigilant for the sake of avoiding punishment does not
merit us fullness of life; it is merited by an honest and pure love of God
regardless of the consequences.
This is very tangible in everyday life. Children relate to their parents on a
reward and punishment basis — they obey their parents to get a reward or to
avoid punishment. But parents hope that their children would see their reminders

and commands as expressions of their love for them.

Jesus saw that if the fear of consequences of being lax and non-vigilant will
make us aware of what we will lose, then it is good enough. He also saw that
receiving good rewards can inspire us to go back on the right track. But He also

hopes that our acts would be based on having a good relationship with God. When
we are one with Him, our every act is inspired by the experience of God's
presence.Fr. Benny Tuazon

Reflection Question:
Do you follow God because you are afraid of His punishment? Or is it because you

await His reward? Is following Him not enough a reward for you?

Make me see, Lord, that You are all I need. I want to serve You with gladness
always.


St. Martha, pray for us.

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