Saturday, December 16, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017
· Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7;
· 1 Cor 1:3-9
· Mark 13:33-37.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
· Ps 128:1-5;
· 1 Thess 5:1-6
· Matt 25:14-15, 19-21.
2. In light of the Gospel passage, in what ways do we live our sense of the “fear the Lord”?
3. How do we assist members of our faith communities to “fear the Lord”?
Take today’s gospel-rich man-master to be Jesus, and take the three people gifted with various talents to be each of us. What did the first two do with their talents? Without wasting time or idling around like the 5 foolish virgins of last Sunday’s reading, they worked hard multiplying their talents. In fact, unlike the third servants of today’s gospel. What did the third servant do with his talents? He left his gifts hidden in the ground, unproductive. He went about blaming everyone except himself; complaining and criticizing the master, the distributor of the talent, calling him names-horrible, and a hard man!
Like the foolish, unaccountable, unprepared virgins, he fails to grasp the nature of his responsibility. His action represents not only laziness but also lack of love for the master. I represents a disciple who is trying to play safe, a disciple not ready bear witness to the gospel at all times, to keep watch for the return of the master. He is not a missionary disciple. He says he was afraid, which is equivalent to faithlessness, lack of readiness, and lack of trust in the master, the Lord.
Genuine trust, and “fear of the Lord,” of the master according to Psalm 128, rather consists in walking the walk, walking in the ways of the Lord, ways of love, charity and forgiveness, keeping his precepts- the Torah. It consists in not sleeping but keeping awake in readiness for the day of the Lord-Yom Adonai (Amos 5; Zeph 1:14-18). On this note of the day of the Lord (Yom Adonai) St. Paul says in the second reading, “Let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober for the day of the Lord “(1 Thess 5:1-6), by using our God’s given gifts.
I believe there is no better way to challenge ourselves, to re-examine how we have used our various gifts in readiness for the day of the Lord than in imitation of the virtuous and worthy woman ('eseth yahil) extol in the first reading- book of proverbs.
This worthy woman like the biblical Ruth puts her talents to us. She brings her husband good and not evil. What a good use of her talent! She does this all the days of her life. Proverbs says, “She put hands to the distaff and her fingers ply the spindle. She reaches out hands to the poor and extends her arms to the needy. Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting, the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (prov 31:1-5).
In our various circumstances be it here in the Seminary, home or our parish communities we want to appreciate all the gifts we have been gifted with; the gifts of our parents, siblings, families, doctors and nurses, the gifts of our teachers and mentors- what we have learned from them.
We want to share these gifts with others, including the gift of our time. We want to share our gift of music, writing. We want to share the gift of our dancing. We want to share the gift of our artistry. We want to share our gifts of knowledge, listening and counselling abilities. We want to share our gift of being present for one another. Above all, we want to share our gift of love. We want to share our gift of hope. We want to share our gift of faith, mercy with people around us. This is not different watching and waiting for the Lord.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017
In this first reading, Malachi, no doubts anticipates other God’s messengers we have heard of in the Holy Scriptures, including Paul and Jesus Christ. In the 2nd reading, Paul and apostle, a messenger, the one sent, to the Church in Thessalonica, like Malachi insists, “We were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares for her children. With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our selves” (1 Thes 2:7b-9, 13). How often, or how far are we today, willing , like St. Paul, to share, to sacrifice our comfort, titles, degrees, for the sake of the gospel or of the community, God’s family, to which we are sent to serve?