Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Are you afraid to try out new things with your faith? Have you ever experienced the Lord’s protection and provision when you were down to nothing? - Daily Reflections November 16, 2016

If there is one thing that is very disappointing to God, it is wasting our gifts and talents that He has bestowed on us. He entrusted to us natural gifts and talents to be used for our own good and the good of our Christian communities. Today’s parable tells us that it is often fear that causes us to hide our talents and not to take the risk of using them. Herein lies the challenge of trusting in God’s promise that He will be there to give us everything we need when we step out in His service. Another parable tells us how Jesus sends out His disciples with virtually nothing — no money and no food so they will learn how to rely on the providence of God. During my priestly formation, I remember one holiday where we were sent out for a week in pairs, with no money and only a spare change of clothes. We were given a destination — somewhere within about 350 kilometers from our starting point — and off we went, hitchhiking to get there.
       It was a scary experience at first but when I allowed my nerves to settle, it became a lot of fun. My partner and I were offered a lift by a couple who were wondering why there were so many pairs of young men hitchhiking that day (we were about eight pairs). They took us straight to where we were going and we begged for food and so on. By the time the week had ended and we had all returned to home base, we were full of faith-inspiring stories. God looks after His people even when we do things that others might think are a little crazy.
      One of the lessons I learned from that experience is that you will never fully experience the providence of God until you step out in faith and ask for miracles to happen. We have to take the risk and let the Holy Spirit do His stuff. Fear will never get us anywhere; faith can move the biggest of mountains. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Are you afraid to try out new things with your faith? Have you ever experienced the Lord’s protection and provision when you were down to nothing?
Holy Spirit, give me the grace to entrust my life into God’s hands and to take risks in using the gifts You have given me. I want to see Your miracles in my life and through my ministry. Amen.

I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord - Daily Bible Readings November 16, 2016

The four creatures in this text are the images we ascribe to the four Gospels: The eagle is John, the ox is Mark, the man is Matthew, and the lion is Luke. The Gospels always give praise and glory to God. These reveal God to us through the image of His Son. We should have reverence and awe for the Gospels that reveal God’s plan of salvation.
Revelation 4:1-11
1 I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven, and I heard the trumpet-like voice that had spoken to me before, saying, “Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards.” 2 At once I was caught up in spirit. A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat 3 one whose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian. Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald. 4 Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other thrones on which twenty-four elders sat, dressed in white garments and with gold crowns on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder. Seven flaming torches burned in front of the throne, which are the seven spirits of God. 6 In front of the throne was something that resembled a sea of glass like crystal. In the center and around the throne, there were four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back. 7 The first creature resembled a lion, the second was like a calf, the third had a face like that of a man, and the fourth looked like an eagle in flight. 8 The four living creatures, each of them with six wings, were covered with eyes inside and out. Day and night they do not stop exclaiming: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come.” 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before the one who sits on the throne and worship him, who lives forever and ever. They throw down their crowns before the throne, exclaiming: 11 “Worthy are you, Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things; because of your will they came to be and were created.”
Psalm 150:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R: Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!
1 Praise the Lord in his sanctuary, praise him in the firmament of his strength. 2 Praise him for his mighty deeds. Praise him for his sovereign majesty. (R) 3 Praise him with the blast of the trumpet, praise him with lyre and harp, 4 praise him with timbrel and dance, praise him with strings and pipe. (R) 5 Praise him with sounding cymbals, praise him with clanging cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Alleluia. (R)
We are given gifts and talents to use in building the Kingdom of God. Let us use these for His glory. Many fall into the trap of keeping the glory for themselves that leads to pride and arrogance. Intelligent people refuse to believe in God because they cannot verify His existence through scientific observation.
I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.
Luke 19:11-28
11 While people were listening to Jesus speak, he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem and they thought that the Kingdom of God would appear there immediately. 12 So he said, “A nobleman went off to a distant country to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return. 13 He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return.’ 14 His fellow citizens, however, despised him and sent a delegation after him to announce, ‘We do not want this man to be our king.’ 15 But when he returned after obtaining the kingship, he had the servants called, to whom he had given the money, to learn what they had gained by trading. 16 The first came forward and said, ‘Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones.’ 17 He replied, ‘Well done, good servant! You have been faithful in this very small matter; take charge of ten cities.’ 18 Then the second came and reported, ‘Your gold coin, sir, has earned five more.’ 19 And to this servant too he said, ‘You, take charge of five cities.’ 20 Then the other servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your gold coin; I kept it stored away in a handkerchief, 21 for I was afraid of you, because you are a demanding man; you take up what you did not lay down and you harvest what you did not plant.’ 22 He said to him, ‘With your own words I shall condemn you, you wicked servant. You knew I was a  demanding person, taking up what I did not lay down and harvesting what I did not plant. 23 Why did you not put my money in a bank? Then on my return I would have collected it with interest.’ 24 And to those standing by he said, ‘Take the gold coin from him and give it to the servant who has ten.’ 25 But they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten gold coins.’ 26 He replied, ‘I tell you, to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 27 Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king, bring them here and slay them before me.’” 28 After he had said this, he proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem. 
think: We are given gifts and talents to use in building the Kingdom of God.
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