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Saturday, July 7, 2018

What are you searching for in life? - Daily Reflection July 6, 2018


HAS YOUR SEARCH LED YOU
TO JESUS?

What is the secret behind the success of the books Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl and The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren? These books hit the core of our being: our search for life’s meaning.
The Gospel says, “As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me, he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him” (v. 9). Why did Matthew, a rich influential man, a tax collector, immediately follow a carpenter, a stranger?
Matthew or Levi is a tax collector and a publican. Before you idolize him as a saint, Matthew was actually a public sinner hated by everyone. He and his fellow publicans managed the collection of port duties and oversaw public building projects.  They served as tax collectors for the Roman Empire. With a twist of public perception, Jesus called Matthew while working in his tax office.Though Matthew’s response was immediate, his conversion was a slow process.
As a tax collector, Matthew must have heard the wonderful things Jesus did. He must have seen all those who were healed. He must have been following Jesus from a distance. He must have witnessed the conversion of their chief tax collector, Zacchaeus. Then finally came the day when Jesus called him.
Matthew’s conversion was a gradual letting go, a slow process of  finding the meaning of his life. So when Jesus called him, Matthew was full of gratitude and determination. He immediately left his work and money, and followed Jesus. It was the day he had been waiting for so long.
Few of us are privileged to experience a dramatic conversion like St. Paul’s. For most of us, our conversion and discovery of the meaning of life are like Matthew’s — a gradual letting go, an imperceptible search for and realization of the meaning in our life. Have we really found the meaning and purpose of our life? Fr. Wen Amit, OCD
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What are you searching for in life?
Dearest God, our life would have no meaning if we don’t have You in it. Amen.

Today, I pray for: _____________________________________

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Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest, says the Lord - Daily Bible Reading July 6, 2018


1st READING

Amos is one of the earliest proponents of social justice. In today’s reading he describes the corrupt practices of the rich that keep poor people poor, while they maintain their wealth. To become wealthy is not wrong. But if acquiring wealth oppresses others, that is a crime. Let us reflect on how we live and ensure that we do not cause hardship on others.
Amos 8:4-6, 9-12
Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land! “When will the new moon be over,” you ask, “that we may sell our grain, and the sabbath that we may display the wheat? We will diminish the containers for measuring, add to the weights, and fix our scales for cheating! We will buy the lowly man for silver, and the poor man for a pair of sandals; even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!” 9On that day, says the Lord God, I will make the sun set at midday and cover the earth with darkness in broad daylight. 10 I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentations. I will cover the loins of all with sackcloth and make every head bald. I will make them mourn as for an only son, and bring their day to a bitter end. 11 Yes, days are coming, says the Lord God, when I will send famine upon the land: not a famine of bread, or thirst for water, but for hearing the word of the Lord. 12 Then shall they wander from sea to sea and rove from the north to the east in search of the word of the Lord, but they shall not nd it.
P S A L M 
Psalm 119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131


 
R: One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. 
Blessed are they who observe his decrees, who seek him with all their heart. (R) 10 With all my heart I seek you; let me not stray from your commands. (R) 20 My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times. (R) 30 The way of truth I have chosen; I have set your ordinances before me. (R) 40 Behold, I long for your precepts; in your justice give me life. (R) 131 I gasp with open mouth in my yearning for your commands. (R)

GOSPEL 
Mercy is at the core of the Gospel. Without God’s mercy, we would be judged for our sins, a judgment we cannot escape. Without His mercy, we are powerless to undo the effects of sin. Through the death of Jesus on the cross, our sins are forgiven. The cross of Christ is the gift of mercy of God to us.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest, says the Lord.

Matthew 9:9-13
9 As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. 10 While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. 11 The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. 13 Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
think: How would you react if you see Jesus mingling with dictators, murderers, and terrorists?
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T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST 
thank You, Lord, for: 
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