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Tuesday, 01 September 2009 17:41

S ome duties of faith are harder and more difficult than others, like new cloth and new wine, we are not all called to the same experiences of inviting in strangers.  Some of the old is good, just like the license plate, life is good . . . and we can live that call.  It is a lifetime process transforming our old wineskins into new ones. 

 

Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Colossians 1:15-20

Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5

L uke 5:33-39 And they said to him, "The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink." (34) And Jesus said to them, "Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? (35) The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days." (36) He told them a parable also: "No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it upon an old garment; if he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. (37) And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. (38) But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. (39) And no one after drinking old wine desires new; for he says, `The old is good.'"

 

 

Meditation by Janine ter Kuile

 

As I was driving down the road today, Sunday, it was a sunny peaceful day, as all days of rest should be, and I was following a convertible with a license plate that read “LF IS GD”.  As I pulled up to the car at the stoplight, I looked at the driver and his companion carefully.  They were the epitomy of life as a retired couple, in their early seventies, and the convertible symbolized freedom, a life worked and a life ready to be enjoyed.  The license plate could have also read…Life is God…

 

I have been reading a book called “This Flowing Toward Me’ by Marilyn Lacey, RSM who has spent years working with refugees around the world.  In it she talks about her work with them and how they are strangers in our country.  I too, have worked with refugees for some years and I can relate.  The first reading talks about an invisible God.  Marilyn claims God is not recognizable by theologians who seek an ‘All-Powerful Being’, as this is a God who lives in ‘hiddenness’, seeking the lowest place.  For her and for me, meeting these aliens represented a newfound intimacy of being drawn into ‘God’s strange and extravagant way of being’.  People ask her (and I also ask myself) how can you continue to work with them year after year and not grow discouraged…we both  answer, ‘how could encountering God face-to-face be disheartening’? !!

 

The gospel today talks about new wine not being appropriate for old wine skins.  Some duties of faith are harder and more difficult than others, like new cloth and new wine, we are not all called to the same experiences of inviting in strangers.  Some of the old is good, just like the license plate, life is good….and we can live that call.  It is a lifetime process transforming our old wineskins into new ones.  For some of us, life is God…we are called to open our tents like Abraham, who ran after the three angels to invite them into his tent, which was  ‘open on all four sides’, a gracious image.  Tent in Latin means ‘holy dwelling place of God on earth’ or tabernacle.

 

God is a blessing in strangers.  He desires our hearts, fiercely, but wants us to connect with the whole human family, especially the poor and the outcast..  Whether you are called to Omaha or Africa, welcome a stranger into your tent, it may become a tabernacle.

 

 

Supplementary Reading

HoW GRoSS NAmAN youR HEART!

 

Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears... – Matthew 13:15

 

H ave you ever counseled anyone who asked your help but wasn’t ready to hear the truth? They come to you, so broken up and humbly asking for your advice. When you start speaking, it’s as if the Holy Spirit is speaking through you that you yourself are amazed. You thank God for using you as His mouthpiece to speak faith-filled words that will surely help that person. The next day, that person is back with the same sad tale. It’s as though he didn’t hear any of the wise words you said.

Did you ever think that that’s how we are to God every time we go to Him with our problems? “Father God, please transform my philandering boyfriend into a God-fearing man!” Then you hear this quiet voice within you that says, “Leave him. I have someone better for you.” Then you continue praying, “Please, can I talk to Mama Mary?”

If we really desire the best for our life, then it’s time we put hearing aids in our hearts so we can really hear God speaking to us. It’s time we let go of all our self-willed desires and allow Him to fill it with His desires. There is nothing more annoying to the devil than a heart that’s tuned to the Father’s voice. Ronna ledesma

 

REFLECTION:

Can you sincerely pray every day, “Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening”?

 

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Psalm 139:23-24)





GOD BLESS US ALL!
PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU..
 
 
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