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Discipline

Reflection:

Throughout the past few days the readings and responsorial psalms continue to focus on a similar message…the integration of our words and actions thru discipline. Who wants to hear the Lord say on judgment day “Why did you recite my statutes, and profess my covenant with your mouth, though you hated discipline and casted my words behind you?” Rather we desire to hear the Lord say “To the upright I will show the saving power of God.” One of the key virtues that assist in determining the words we hear for the Lord on judgment day relates to our discipline in life which is discussed at length in Proverbs and Hebrews. St Paul in Hebrews (12:8) states, “At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.” In the same way one planning to buy a house is disciplined in ones savings the same virtue relates of utmost importance to one’s walk with the Lord. It’s easier to say that I am always talking to God or I just talk to Him when I need to but the disciplined life sets aside structured time for prayer, Scripture reading, adoration, small groups, personal examination of conscience and the Sacraments so the things of utmost importance to our faith walk are kept in their proper order and the lures of this world don’t blow us around. Then our Yes to the Lord will be backed by our actions and our No to the devil will be backed up by our actions (Matthew5: 37).

Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 50):

R.  To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Hear, my people, and I will speak; Israel, I will testify against you; God, your God, am I.”

R.    To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you, for your burnt offerings are before me always. I take from your house no bullock, no goats out of your fold.”

R.    To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“For mine are all the animals of the forests, beasts by the thousand on my mountains. I know all the birds of the air, and whatever stirs in the plains, belongs to me.”

R.    To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“If I were hungry, I should not tell you, for mine are the world and its fullness. Do I eat the flesh of strong bulls, or is the blood of goats my drink?”

R.    To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Why do you recite my statutes, and profess my covenant with your mouth, Though you hate discipline and cast my words behind you?”

R.    To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

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June 30, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

No dens or nests

Reflection:

In today’s gospel Jesus warns the “eager beaver,” the man who will follow Jesus wherever He goes, that the journey with Him is not easy. The animals of the earth have their den /nest or safe place where they will be protected and nurtured. However, Jesus reminds the potential disciple of these things so the “eager beaver” knows what he is getting himself into and can response accordingly when tested. As illustrated later in the gospels, Jesus prefers the follower whose actions demonstrate his openness to following Christ rather than the one whose words are unable to be supported by actions. Let us realize today that by choosing to follow Christ we too are opening our lives to the possibility of being ridiculed, betrayed, and scorned without a shelter to “hide” from these attacks. We are exposing ourselves to vulnerabilities and have the realization that our Rock we stand on is Christ throughout all of life’s circumstances.

Reading (Matthew 8: 18 – 22):

When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other shore. A scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But Jesus answered him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.”

June 28, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

Ignorance of God’s Statutes

Reflection:

Ignorance of any topic in life is never something to be esteemed. For example, a father would not be impressed by his son who failed an exam in high school because he didn’t understand the material.  A lack of desire to grow in knowledge and wisdom regarding a particular subject matter is not something we emulate. The same holds true to statues of the Lord referenced in today’s first reading and responsorial psalm.  The psalmist, David, desires instruction and discernment in the statutes of the Lord so he may exactly observe them with his whole heart.  So since we have desires to grow in knowledge of such beneficial topics such as business, law, healthcare, etc. how much more should our desire be to grow in the knowledge of the Lord’s statutes? This allows us to reflect on our priorities in life and assess whether they are properly ordered. Do I prioritize what is holy above all other topics or do I honor what is vain?

Responsorial Psalm: (119: 33-37, 40)

R.  Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord. Instruct me, O LORD, in the way of your statutes,

that I may exactly observe them.

R.     Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord. Give me discernment, that I may observe your law

and keep it with all my heart.

R.     Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord. Lead me in the path of your commands,

for in it I delight.

R.     Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord. Incline my heart to your decrees

and not to gain.

R.     Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord. Turn away my eyes from seeing what is vain:

by your way give me life.

R.     Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord. Behold, I long for your precepts;

in your justice give me life.

R.     Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

June 24, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment