06 Oct – Memorial for St Bruno, Priest
Bruno (1030–1101) was educated in Paris and Rheims, France. He was ordained in 1055. He taught theology, and one of his students later became Blessed Pope Urban II. He presided over the cathedral school at Rheims from 1057 to 1075. He criticised the worldliness he saw in his fellow clergy. He opposed Manasses, Archbishop of Rheims, because of his laxity and mismanagement. He was chancellor of the Archdiocese of Rheims.
Following a vision he received of a secluded hermitage where he could spend his life becoming closer to God, he retired to a mountain near Chartreuse in Dauphiny in 1084 and with the help of St. Hugh of Grenoble, he founded what became the first house of the Carthusian Order. He and his brothers supported themselves as manuscript copyists.
He became assistant to Pope Urban in 1090, and supported his efforts at reform. Retiring from public life, he and his companions built a hermitage at Torre where the monastery of Saint Stephen was built in 1095. Bruno combined in the religious life living as a hermit and living in a community; his learning is apparent from his scriptural commentaries.
– Patron Saint Index
You say harsh things about me, says the Lord. You ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ You say, ‘It is useless to serve God; what is the good of keeping his commands or of walking mournfully before the Lord of Hosts? Now we have reached the point when we call the arrogant blessed; yes, they prosper, these evil-doers; they try God’s patience and yet go free.’ This is what those who fear the Lord used to say to one another. But the Lord took note and heard them: a book of remembrance was written in his presence recording those who fear him and take refuge in his name. On the day which I am preparing, says the Lord of Hosts, they are going to be my own special possession. I will make allowances for them as a man makes allowances for the son who obeys him. Then once again you will see the difference between an upright man and a wicked one, between the one who serves God and the one who does not serve him. For the day is coming now, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and the evil-doers will be like stubble. The day that is coming is going to burn them up, says the Lord of Hosts, leaving them neither root nor stalk. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing in its rays.
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him in the middle of the night to say, “My friend, lend me three loaves, because a friend of mine on his travels has just arrived at my house and I have nothing to offer him”; and the man answers from inside the house, “Do not bother me. The door is bolted now, and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up to give it you.” I tell you, if the man does not get up and give it him for friendship’s sake, persistence will be enough to make him get up and give his friend all he wants.
‘So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. What father among you would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or hand him a snake instead of a fish? Or hand him a scorpion if he asked for an egg? If you then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’
Ask and it will be given to you
Recently I discovered that I have been asking a lot from the Lord. Yet I don’t seem to see any outcomes in my prayers. Could it be I have been asking and not listening? Have I been asking things in the way I want it to happen? The inability to let go and still wanting to be in control has resulted in a sense of emptiness, anger, disappointment and frustration. I turn to my friends asking them to pray for me. I have been reading the bible and attending evening mass when I can. As I sit back and reflect, I know He has been here all the time for me. He speaks to me through scriptures and the messages on facebook. I am thankful for the gift of life and learning to surrender. In His time all the jigsaw puzzles in my life will fall to place. At the end of the day, I still seek to do His will.
In the Gospel reading, Jesus reminds us that He knows what we are going through. As his beloved children, he, the Father wants the best for us. He eagerly awaits for our call. It will be a joy to love and serve us. Sometimes we are afraid to approach him for fear we will be rejected. At times it is our pride that prevent us from approaching Him. The Lord is telling us He wants to hear from us and tell him what he want. He always has time for us and he is there with us in this journey. For the doors that are closed, it is an indication that is not the path to be taken. For the issues that are still pending, pray and have faith in his time it will materalise.
Have we been too impatient with ourselves and grown too attached to see the results of the outcome immediately? Is it a stage the lord wants us to go through, to rely on Him in faith, to trust him and to deepen our relationship with him? Can we let go and let God take over the situations that we are facing?
(Today’s OXYGEN by Patricia Ang)
Prayer: Lord show us how to be still and listen to you. Teach us how to surrender and let you guide us in our situations? Fill us with your peace as we enter dwell in your presence.
Thanksgiving: We thank you for loving us despite our imperfections. For showing us that it is by his divine grace that we are able to do your will.
Fri, 07 Oct – Acts of the Apostles 1:12-14; Luke 1:26-38; Memorial for Our Lady of the Rosary
Sat, 08 Oct – Joel 4:12-21; Luke 11:27-28
Sun, 09 Oct – Isaiah 35:6-10; Philippians 4:12-14.19-20; Matthew 22:1-14; Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time