Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 

Wednesday 29th Week in Ordinary Time

October 22, 2014

Wednesday 29th Week in Ordinary Time

 

Eph 3:2-12 / Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6 / LK 12: 39-48

 

Reading: Eph 3:2-12

You may have heard of the graces God bestowed on me for your sake. By a revelation he gave me the knowledge of his mysterious design, as I have explained in a few words. On reading them you will have some idea of how I understand the mystery of Christ. This mystery was not made known to past generations but only now, through revelations given to holy apostles and prophets. Now the non-Jewish people share the Inheritance; in Christ Jesus the non-Jews are incorporated and are to enjoy the Promise. This is the Good News of which I have become minister by a gift of God, a grace he gave me, when his power worked in me. This grace was given to me, the least among all the holy ones: to announce to the pagan nations the immeasurable riches of Christ and to make clear to all how the mystery, hidden from the beginning in God, the Creator of all things, is to be fulfilled. Even the heavenly forces and powers will now discover through the Church the wisdom of God in its manifold expression, as the plan is being fulfilled which God designed from the beginning in Christ Jesus, our Lord. In him we receive boldness and confidence to approach God.

 

Gospel: Luke 12: 39-48

Pay attention to this: If the master of the house had known at what time the thief would come, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect." Peter said, "Lord, did you tell this parable only for us, or for everyone?" And the Lord replied, "Imagine, then, the wise and faithful steward whom the master sets over his other servants to give them food rations at the proper time. Fortunate is this servant if his master on coming home finds him doing his work. Truly, I say to you, the master will put him in charge of all his property. But it may be that the steward thinks: 'My Lord delays in coming,' and he begins to abuse the menservants and the servant girls, eating and drinking and getting drunk. Then the master will come on a day he does not expect him and at an hour he doesn't know. He will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the unfaithful. The servant who knew his master's will, but did not prepare to do what his master wanted, will be punished with sound blows; but the one who did what deserved a punishment without knowing it shall receive fewer blows. Much will be required of the one who has been given much, and more will be asked of the one entrusted with more. 

 

Reflection:

     "When a man has been given a great deal, a great deal will be demanded of him."

George is a boy who is intelligent and industrious. He doesn't do things half heartedly or in a hurry. He always likes things done well therefore never waits until the last minute before doing what is asked or expected of him. Because of this, his teachers always demand more from him than from any other student. George complains that he does more work than others, but this is because he can be depended on to deliver what is necessary.

     Being Christians, we also have this responsibility. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have received a lot in terms of listening to God's word, going to mass, receiving Holy Communion, attending talks and catechism. Therefore it is our duty to give more than the others who don't know about the love of God, or about His commandments.  When others commit sin out of ignorance the gravity of the sin is less than for those who know that what they are doing is wrong and still do it. 

     Let us try to be like the worthy servant who is responsible and takes his duty seriously knowing that if we do what God has intended us to do, then we will truly be worthy of our heavenly price.

 

Prayer Requests:

We pray ...

... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn

... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary

... for families who are in need of healing

... for world peace and reconciliation

 

... for wisdom, perseverance and clarity of mind for those who prepare and take their exams:

     * Karen Tuala and Lisette Mandocdoc who will take the bar exams on the four (4) consecutive weekends of October

     * Elmer and Liza who will take their exams on October 25, 26, 28

 

... for the safe trip of Patrick K and for the personal intentions of Cherie Torres

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

 

Tuesday 29th Week in Ordinary Time

October 21, 2014
Tuesday 29th Week in Ordinary Time

Eph 2: 12-22 / Ps 85:9ab-10, 11-12, 13-14 / Lk 12: 35-38    
     
Reading: Eph 2: 12-22   
At that time you were without Christ, you did not belong to the community of Israel; the covenants of God and his promises were not for you; you had no hope and were without God in this world. But now, in Christ Jesus and by his blood, you who were once far off have come near. For Christ is our peace, he who has made the two peoples one, destroying in his own flesh the wall - the hatred - which separated us. He abolished the Law with its commands and precepts. He made peace in uniting the two peoples in him, creating out of the two one New Man. He destroyed hatred and reconciled us both to God through the cross, making the two one body. He came to proclaim peace; peace to you who were far off, peace to the Jews who were near. Through him we - the two peoples - approach the Father in one Spirit. Now you are no longer strangers or guests, but fellow citizens of the holy people: you are of the household of God. You are the house whose foundations are the apostles and prophets, and whose cornerstone is Christ Jesus. In him the whole structure is joined together and rises to be a holy temple in the Lord. In him you too are being built to become the spiritual sanctuary of God.
         
Gospel: Luke 12: 35-38
Be ready, dressed for service, and keep your lamps lit,  like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding. As soon as he comes and knocks, they will open to him. Happy are those servants whom the master finds wide-awake when he comes. Truly, I tell you, he will put on an apron and have them sit at table and he will wait on them. Happy are those servants if he finds them awake when he comes at midnight or daybreak!
Reflection:
     As children, it was a tradition in the family to wake up very early to find out what gifts Santa Claus had brought us on Christmas Eve. We would rush to the window where we hung our bags and socks, full of joy and excitement. The gospel brings back this memory of our Christmas tradition because, on the eve of Christmas we are really awake in anticipation of something exciting that is about to happen. In the same spirit, the gospel invites Christians to be vigilant, to keep awake and be ready to meet the master when he returns.  
     What is the meaning of this passage in our daily lives? The coming of the Lord is made manifest in many forms and in different circumstances. Being ready and awake means that we recognize Christ in these different forms and circumstances, even when they are far from being pleasant and desirable. Do we recognize Christ in our spouse who prefers to spend his time watching television instead of sharing his day's experiences? Do we see Christ in our co-employee who has nothing better to do than to notice how untidy our desk is? Do we recognize Christ in our employer who makes unreasonable and oppressive demands on us?
     Keeping awake also means that our life is animated and directed by our baptism - that Christ and his Spirit that dwells in us, gives meaning and direction to our life. If we have this genuine relationship with Christ, we will experience that He waits on us when we celebrate the Holy Eucharist. He waits on us when we receive the forgiveness of our sins in the sacrament of penance. Christ waits for us when we reach out and forgive our employer who oppresses us, our co-employee who irritates us and our spouse who ignores us.  Christ does all these for us and in us.       

Prayer Requests:
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
     * for the healing of Rita Cuerva
... for world peace and reconciliation

... for wisdom, perseverance and clarity of mind for those who prepare and take their exams:
     * Karen Tuala and Lisette Mandocdoc who will take the bar exams on the four (4) consecutive weekends of October
     * Elmer and Liza who will take their exams on October 25, 26, 28

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

 

Monday 29th Week in Ordinary Time

October 20, 2014

Monday 29th Week in Ordinary Time

 

Eph 2: 1-10 / Ps 100: 1b-2, 3, 4ab, 4c-5 / Lk 12: 13-21 

 

Reading: Eph 2: 1-10

You were dead through the faults and sins. Once you lived through them according to this world and followed the Sovereign Ruler who reigns between heaven and earth and who goes on working in those who resist the faith. All of us belonged to them at one time and we followed human greed; we obeyed the urges of our human nature and consented to its desires. By ourselves, we went straight to the judgment like the rest of humankind. But God, who is rich in mercy, revealed his immense love. As we were dead through our sins, he gave us life with Christ. By grace you have been saved! And he raised us to life with Christ, giving us a place with him in heaven. In showing us such kindness in Christ Jesus, God willed to reveal and unfold in the coming ages the extraordinary riches of his grace. By the grace of God you have been saved through faith. This has not come from you: it is God's gift. This was not the result of your works, so you are not to feel proud. What we are is God's work. He has created us in Christ Jesus for the good works he has prepared that we should devote ourselves to them.

 

Gospel: Luke 12: 13-21

Someone in the crowd spoke to Jesus, "Master, tell my brother to share with me the family inheritance." He replied, "My friend, who has appointed me as your judge or your attorney?" Then Jesus said to the people, "Be on your guard and avoid every kind of greed, for even though you have many possessions, it is not that which gives you life." And Jesus continued with this story, "There was a rich man and his land had produced a good harvest. He thought: 'What shall I do? For I am short of room to store my harvest.' So this is what he planned: 'I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones to store all this grain, which is my wealth. Then I may say to myself: My friend, you have a lot of good things put by for many years. Rest, eat, drink and enjoy yourself.' But God said to him: 'You fool! This very night your life will be taken from you; tell me who shall get all you have put aside?' This is the lot of the one who stores up riches instead of amassing for God." 

 

Reflection:

     One time, I went to the airport to meet a friend who was coming for a visit. He came out with just two small bags, one of which he handed me immediately. This was a gift that was given to him and which he was passing on to me. I asked if he had other luggage. He told me then that he usually travels light as he had only three sets of clothes, few toiletries, his Bible and his prayer book. That struck me! He was living on what is essential for his life and not for what he wants.

     In this Gospel passage, Jesus told his listeners, "Be on your guard and avoid every kind of greed for even though you have many possessions, it is not that which gives you life." How would Jesus talk to us today about our attitude, of greediness that is affecting our world today?  Many put their security in having more and so make themselves slaves to money, material things and power. The riches of our country is in the hands of a few while millions are living in poverty.  And yet, many rich and powerful people still seek to have more.  Is this what gives us life? 

     Jesus is inviting us to let go of material things and live simple lives. But he also invites us to go further-to attend to others especially those who have nothing and who are suffering.  He wants us to share so others will also enjoy the goods of the earth.  He wants us to enjoy what gives life to us and to all.  So let us live on what will lead us to eternal life.

 

Prayer Requests:

We pray ...

... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn

... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary

... for families who are in need of healing

... for world peace and reconciliation

 

... for wisdom, perseverance and clarity of mind for those who prepare and take their exams:

     * Karen Tuala and Lisette Mandocdoc who will take the bar exams on the four (4) consecutive weekends of October

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

 

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 19, 2014

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Is 45: 1, 4-6/ Ps 96: 1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10 (7b) / 1 Thes 1: 1-5b / Mt 22: 15-21 

 

First Reading: Isaiah 45: 1, 4-6 

Thus says Yahweh to his anointed, to Cyrus: "I have taken you by the right hand to subdue nations before you and strip kings of their armor, to open the gateways before you so that they will be closed no more. For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen one, I have called you by your name and given you your mission although you do not know me. I am Yahweh, and there is no other; there is no God besides me. I armed you when you did not know me, so that, from the rising to the setting of the sun, all may know that there is no one besides me; I am Yahweh, and there is no other.

 

Second Reading: 1 Thes 1: 1-5b

From Paul, Sylvanus and Timothy to the church of Thessalonica which is in God the Father and in Christ Jesus, the Lord.  May the peace and grace of God be with you. We give thanks to God at all times for you and remember you in our prayers. We constantly recall before God our Father the work of your faith, the labors of your love and your endurance in waiting for Christ Jesus our Lord. We remember, brothers and sisters, the circumstances of your being called. The gospel we brought you was such not only in words. Miracles, Holy Spirit and plenty of everything were given to you. 

 

Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21

The Pharisees went out and took counsel on how they could trap Jesus with his own words. They then sent their disciples with the members of Herod's party for this purpose.

They said to Jesus, "Master, we know that you are an honest man and truly teach God's way; you are not influenced by others nor are you afraid of anyone. Tell us, then, what you think: is it against the Law to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" But Jesus understood their evil intent, and said to them, "Hypocrites! Why are you testing me? Show me the coin with which you pay the taxes." They showed him a denarius, and Jesus said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose name?" They answered, "Caesar's." Then Jesus replied, "Therefore, return to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."

 

Reflection:

     Jesus says, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's," but he also adds, in the same breath: "and to God what is God's." The coin bore Caesar's image, so give it back to him. But whose image do we bear? If we bear God's image, does this not also mean: "Give yourself back to God?" In Genesis 1:27 we are told: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Quite literally, we have all been created in the image of God, and we are to give back to God what is rightfully God's. Have we done this? Are we doing this? For all of us who have been born of God-through the Cross of Christ, God stamps His inscription on us. Whose portrait, whose inscription do we have stamped on us?

     It is to be the likeness and image of God, for He made us and as Christians, Christ has purchased us with His blood. Are we willing to allow God to have what is already rightfully His? Our lives, our allegiance?

     This does not mean that we do not pay taxes to Caesar, or to whoever the governing authority is. Christians are to be good citizens. We are to be good witnesses for Christ because our ultimate and everlasting citizenship is not of this world. Dust is not the final word for our lives, our citizenship is in heaven.

     And this is what we, the Church of Jesus Christ, are even while we still live in this dying world. We are citizens of another, of a much greater country. We are not to be of this world. And while we are in this world, we are to be about God's business. Should we render unto Caesar what is Caesar's? Sure thing.

     But, that is just a coin. What we are to render unto God is our whole selves. Are we doing this? Or do we still live as "Almost Christians" who have half an interest set in the kingdom of darkness, and another half in the kingdom of heaven?

     Jesus told us that we cannot have it both ways because the kingdoms of this world and the kingdom of God are like oil and water. They are opposites. They don't mix. Are we living with the Philippine flag on our right side, a political affiliation on the left, and a symbol of Jesus somewhere in-between? If so, then our witness and our image of God imprinted on us is going to be blurred. Other people should be able to see Christ's image and Christ's inscription on us. We are to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth, not part of the dust. We are God's coins. We are to bear the image of God. There is to be no competition between God and Caesar. Our allegiance must be to Christ and Christ alone.

     Sure, we are to pay a tax to Caesar, but God's due is our complete devotion. Is He getting it? Let this be our true and complete aim while we await our eternal home, to give our all to God. We are to let that image and inscription shine before all peoples so that they too may come to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and  join us in waiting for His joyful return from heaven. 

     The applicability of Jesus words in today's gospel comes down to this: to what degree, in what ways are we giving to God what is his? More particularly, to what degree, and in what ways is the image of Christ evident in us? 

     May God our Father guide, direct, and empower us to be for him all that he has created us to be. And, may Jesus, whose image we bear, find at the Judgment that we have rendered to him what is worthy for him to receive from us: our thanksgiving, our praise, and our service. 

 

Prayer Requests:

We pray ...

... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn

... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary

... for families who are in need of healing

... for world peace and reconciliation

 

... for wisdom, perseverance and clarity of mind for those who prepare and take their exams:

     * Karen Tuala and Lisette Mandocdoc who will take the bar exams on the four (4) consecutive weekends of October

 

... for the birthday intentions of Menchie de Castro

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

Have a good day!

 

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Friday, October 17, 2014

 

Saturday 28th Week in Ordinary Time

October 18, 2014

Saturday 28th Week in Ordinary Time

[Feast, St. Luke, Evangelist]

 

2 Tm 4: 10-17b / Ps 145: 10-11, 12-13, 17-18 / Lk 10: 1-9 

 

Reading: 2 Tm 4: 10-17b

You must know that Demas has deserted me for the love of this world: he returned to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke remains with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is a useful helper in my work. I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. Bring with you the cloak I left at Troas, in Carpos' house and also the scrolls, especially the parchments. Alexander the metalworker has caused me great harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. Distrust him for he has been very much opposed to our preaching. At my first hearing in court no one supported me; all deserted me. May the Lord not hold it against them. But the Lord was at my side, giving me strength to proclaim the Word fully, and let all the pagans hear it.        

 

Gospel: Luke 10: 1-9 

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two other disciples and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place, where he himself was to go. And he said to them, "The harvest is rich, but the workers are few. So you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his harvest. Courage! I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Set off without purse or bag or sandals; and do not stop at the homes of those you know. Whatever house you enter, first bless them saying: 'Peace to this house.' If a friend of peace lives there, the peace shall rest upon that person. But if not, the blessing will return to you. Stay in that house eating and drinking at their table, for the worker deserves to be paid. Do not move from house to house. When they welcome you in any town, eat what they offer you. Heal the sick who are there and say to them: 'The kingdom of God has drawn near to you.' 

 

Reflection:

     In today's gospel it is apparent that the Lord had a clear vision and mission for his disciples -- to step out in faith and make more disciples.  He gave them very specific instructions- to go empty handed, and to heal and preach to those who were receptive. Not much has changed since then. The harvest is still plenty, but the laborers few. We live in a very material age, with not enough people standing up for what is right, just and pleasing to the Lord. While the Lord may not be calling you to get rid of all your earthly possessions to become a missionary in Africa or the Middle East, we are called to disciple people within our families and communities. 

     There are people in our families and places of work who may be distant from God. How can you be an example of God's love to them? How can you be an instrument of love and healing? Pray to the Lord for wisdom and faith, to bring people you meet, closer to Him.

 

     Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

     Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

     where there is injury, pardon;

     where there is doubt, faith;

     where there is despair, hope;

     where there is darkness, light;

     and where there is sadness, joy.

      O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

     to be consoled as to console;

     to be understood as to understand;

     to be loved as to love.

     For it is in giving that we receive;

     it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;               

     and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. 

     Amen.

                                              - Saint Francis of Assisi

 

Prayer Requests:

We pray ...

... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn

... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary

... for families who are in need of healing

... for world peace and reconciliation

 

... for the birthday intentions of Henry Fresnoza

 

... for wisdom, perseverance and clarity of mind for those who prepare and take their exams:

     * Karen Tuala and Lisette Mandocdoc who will take the bar exams on the four (4) consecutive weekends of October

 

... we pray most especially for the intentions of Lawrence and Mandy, that they may be granted the grace of patience, communication, understanding, and forgiveness in overcoming their difficulties

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

 

Friday 28th Week in Ordinary Time

October 17, 2014

Friday 28th Week in Ordinary Time

[Memorial, St. Ignatius of Antioch]

 

Eph 1: 11-14 / Ps 33: 1-2, 4-5, 12-13 / Lk 12: 1-7 

 

Reading: Eph 1: 11-14

By a decree of Him who disposes all things according to his own plan and decision we, the Jews, have been chosen and called and we were awaiting the Messiah, for the praise of his glory. You, on hearing the word of truth, the Gospel that saves you, have believed in him. And, as promised, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit, the first pledge of what we shall receive, on the way to our deliverance as a people of God, for the praise of his glory.

 

Gospel: Luke 12: 1-7 

Meanwhile, such a numerous crowd had gathered that they crushed one another. Then Jesus spoke to his disciples in this way, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered that will not be uncovered, or hidden that will not be made known. Whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in daylight, and what you have whispered in hidden places, will be proclaimed from the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who put to death the body and after that can do no more. But I will tell you whom to fear: Fear the One who after killing you is able to throw you into hell. This one you must fear. Don't you get five sparrows for two pennies? Yet not one of them has been forgotten by God. Even the hairs of your head have been numbered. So do not fear: are you not worth more than a flock of sparrows?

 

Reflection:

     God created man in His own image, male and female He created them, and He found them very good. He watches over man and knows his every move, his every thought, even before he moves and thinks them. Every hair on his head is numbered. He made man with a free will, a conscience to decide what action to take in order to attain his purpose in life.  God desires that such purpose would be life of eternal bliss with Him in His Kingdom. God loves man so much that He came down to earth to redeem mankind from the control of the evil one, brought about by the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve.

     The evil one continues to seduce mankind to prefer the flitting joys of earthly fame and fortune over the eternal life in God's kingdom. He deceives man into believing that the evil which they do to attain His will remain a secret, known only to them. In this way, the evil one successfully kills man and throws him into hell. We must use our free will, our conscience, to choose God's will for us, over the seduction of the devil. We must remember the reminder of Jesus that man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

 

Prayer Requests:

We pray ...

... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn

... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary

... for families who are in need of healing

... for world peace and reconciliation

 

... for wisdom, perseverance and clarity of mind for those who prepare and take their exams:

     * Karen Tuala and Lisette Mandocdoc who will take the bar exams on the four (4) consecutive weekends of October

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Thursday 28th Week in Ordinary Time

October 16, 2014

Thursday 28th Week in Ordinary Time

[St. Hedwig; St. Margaret Mary Alacoque]

 

Eph 1:1-10 / Ps 98: 1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6 / Lk 11: 47-54 

 

Reading: Eph 1:1-10

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus, to you who share Christian faith: receive grace and peace from God our Father and from Jesus the Lord. Blessed be God, the Father of Christ Jesus our Lord, who in Christ has blessed us from heaven with every spiritual blessing. God chose us in Christ before the creation of the world to be holy and without sin in his presence. From eternity he destined us in love to be his adopted sons and daughters through Christ Jesus, thus fulfilling his free and generous will. This goal suited him: that his loving-kindness which he granted us in his Beloved might finally receive all glory and praise. For in Christ we obtain freedom, sealed by his blood, and have the forgiveness of sins. In this appears the greatness of his grace, which he lavished on us. In all wisdom and understanding, God has made known to us his mysterious design, in accordance with his loving-kindness in Christ. In him and under him God wanted to unite, when the fullness of time had come, everything in heaven and on earth.

 

Luke 11: 47-54 

A curse is on you, for you build memorials to the prophets your ancestors killed. So you approve and agree with what your ancestors did. Is it not so? They got rid of the prophets, and now you can build!" (The Wisdom of God also said,) "I will send prophets and apostles and this people will kill and persecute some of them. But the present generation will have to answer for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was murdered between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, the people of this time will have to answer for them all. A curse is on you, teachers of the Law, for you have taken the key of knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you prevented others from entering." As Jesus left that place, the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees began to harass him, asking him endless questions, setting traps to catch him in something he might say.

 

Reflection:

      The need for children to obey their parents is something that is taught and handed down from following certain rules or set regulations that our culture has developed over time.  However, on a deeper level obedience comes with love born out of a relationship. The Pharisees ascribe to the strict observance of fixed laws and determine them to be absolute and without any room for further reflection towards developing a more intimate relationship with God. God cannot be understood except through the relationships which create openness of hearts and minds. This can be the key to strengthening our faith and belief in the things we ought to do and the things we can change to be able to live and love according to God's will for us. Children who heed the good advice of parents are spared of the wayward and evil path. Parents know this from experience and make great effort and sacrifice in order that their children may learn this for their own good. To obey with love is an act beyond what is required and ensures peace and harmony in a life that conforms to God's will. 

 

Prayer Requests:

We pray ...

... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn

... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary

... for families who are in need of healing

... for world peace and reconciliation

 

... for wisdom, perseverance and clarity of mind for those who prepare and take their exams:

     * Karen Tuala who takes the bar exams on the four (4) consecutive weekends of October

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

... for the eternal repose of Leonardo Celestial Jr.

 

Have a good day!

 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

 

Wednesday 28th Week in Ordinary Time

October 15, 2014
Wednesday 28th Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, St. Teresa of Jesus]

Gal 5: 18-25 / Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 / Lk 11: 42-46         

Reading: Gal 5: 18-25    
But when you are led by the Spirit you are not under the Law. You know what comes from the flesh: fornication, impurity and shame-lessness, idol worship and sorcery, hatred, jealousy and violence, anger, ambition, division, factions, and envy, drunkenness, orgies and the like. I again say to you what I have already said: those who do these things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy and peace, patience, understanding of others, kindness and fidelity, gentleness and self-control. For such things there is no Law or punishment. Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its vices and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us live in a spiritual way.

Gospel: Luke 11: 42-46
A curse is on you, Pharisees; for the Temple you give a tenth of all, including mint and rue and the other herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. This ought to be practiced, without neglecting the other. A curse is on you, Pharisees, for you love the best seats in the synagogues and to be greeted in the marketplace. A curse is on you for you are like tombstones of the dead which can hardly be seen; people don't notice them and make themselves unclean by stepping on them." Then a teacher of the Law spoke up and said, "Master, when you speak like this, you insult us, too." And Jesus answered, "A curse is on you also, teachers of the Law. For you prepare unbearable burdens and load them on the people, while you yourselves don't move a finger to help them. 

Reflection:
     In the first reading, we are told that self-indulgence leads to all kinds of sins. An unspiritual man cannot and does not want to please God because he seeks to please himself most of the time. His love of God is non-existent, and in pleasing himself through immoral and carnal acts, he brings himself to more emptiness and meaninglessness of life.  A spiritual man, on the other hand, is patient, kind, chaste, loving, joyful and peaceful.  He strives to conquer his carnal desires with spiritual weapons such as prayer, self-denial, avoiding bad company, helping the poor and the needy, etc. He is happy to obey God's commands which he knows will bring him true happiness.
     In the gospel, Jesus rebukes the Pharisees and the lawyers for their conceitedness, false religiosity and mistreatment of the poor and the downtrodden. If we examine our daily actions, we will surely find something which we can try to change or improve on. Sometimes we are too hard on other people, especially those who are weak and are always making mistakes. Sometimes we fail to help those who need our attention because we are too busy with our own affairs. The biggest sin of the Pharisees was their self-conceitedness. In other words, they were self-worshippers. The lawyers who had many opportunities to help others, did not do so and did the opposite instead - they made life harder for them. They did not care less about the sufferings of others.
     We must remember that the best way to find favor with God is not just to stop sinning, which is not totally possible, but to be humble and try to perform acts of love every day.  Love is the key and we should ask God to inspire us to go out of our way to do good deeds every day.  "Love covers a multitude of sins."        

Prayer Requests:
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation

... for the birthday intentions of Ben Ong

... for wisdom, perseverance and clarity of mind for those who prepare and take their exams:
     * Karen Tuala & Lisette Mandocdoc who will take the bar exams on the four (4) consecutive weekends of October

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

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