Friday, October 31, 2014

 

Saturday 30th Week in Ordinary Time

November 1, 2014
Saturday 30th Week in Ordinary Time
[Solemnity, All Saints Day]

Rv 7: 2-4, 9-14 / Ps 24: 1b-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 / 1 Jn 3: 1-3 / Mt 5:1-12a 

Reading: Rv 7: 2-4, 9-14
I saw another angel ascending from the sunrise, carrying the seal of the living God, and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels empowered to harm the earth and the sea, "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the servants of our God upon their foreheads." Then I heard the number of those marked with the seal: a hundred and forty-four thousand from all the tribes of the people of Israel: After this I saw a great crowd, impossible to count, from every nation, race, people and tongue, standing before the throne and the Lamb, clothed in white, with palm branches in their hands, and they cried out with a loud voice, "Who saves but our God who sits on the throne and the Lamb?" All the angels were around the throne, the elders and the four living creatures; they then bowed before the throne with their faces to the ground to worship God. They said, Amen. Praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, power and strength to our God forever and ever. Amen! At that moment, one of the elders spoke up and said to me, "Who are these people clothed in white, and where did they come from?" I answered, "Sir, it is you who know this." The elder replied, "They are those who have come out of the great persecution; they have washed and made their clothes white in the blood of the Lamb.

Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12a 
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain. He sat down and his disciples gathered around him. Then he spoke and began to teach them: Fortunate are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Fortunate are those who mourn, they shall be comforted. Fortunate are the gentle, they shall possess the land. Fortunate are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied. Fortunate are the merciful, for they shall find mercy. Fortunate are those with a pure heart, for they shall see God. Fortunate are those who work for peace, they shall be called children of God. Fortunate are those who are persecuted for the cause of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Fortunate are you, when people insult you and persecute you and speak all kinds of evil against you because you are my followers. Be glad and joyful, for a great reward is kept for you in God. This is how this people persecuted the prophets who lived before you.

Reflection:
     "Jesus . . . went up the mountain(Mt. 1: 1)."  
     Biblically, the "mountain" in the Old Testament is the place of encounter between the human person and God. The revelation of God's personal name, "I Am Who I Am," through the Burning Bush was given to Moses in Mt. Sinai (cf. Ex. 3: 14). Matthew picks up the "mountain" motif from the Old Testament for his narrative on Jesus giving his teaching on the Beatitudes to the multitude of  disciples. Our gospel reading is also a revelation narrative of God through His Son. Jesus is the perfection of God's revelation. Jesus is the fufillment of the promised Messiah for His people. The Old Testament and New Testament find their summation in Jesus Christ in the words and deeds of Jesus Christ which culminate in his Pashcal Mystery - Passion, Death and Resurrection.
     The Beatitudes are truths about the Kingdomof God which is already in our midst; yet we await its completion at the end of times. God's Kingdom is not a socio-geo-political entity but it is Christ himself present in our midst through the Holy Spirit whom he has sent to us at Pentecost. And the Spirit is discernible in our faith-life through the disposition and orientation of our hearts attuned to the Heart of Christ. God's Kingdom takes root and bears fruit in our hearts as we live-out the gospel values such as those in the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes challenge us to make choices from the interiority of our hearts right here, right now to make God's Kingdom palpable in our present life in anticipation of that which will come for us in its perfection.         
     "Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God (Mt. 5: 8; NRSV)." A pure heart gazes on the Heart of God through His Son. It desires to beat as one with the Heart of Jesus. It sees everyone and everything of creation through the Heart of Jesus. With pure hearts, we recognize and see God within us, before us and all over us.          
     Nowadays, it is a struggle to be single-hearted for God alone. Our complex world constantly and persistently presents us with a cacophony of choices that promises happiness and contentment  in our lives. Yet, we end up turning our hearts for more options only to realize that they leave us with a nagging hollowness in our hearts.
     Today, let us take a moment to keep still in our sacred  spaces to pray and reflect over our hearts' deepest longings.We clear our hearts from the mutiple layers of trappings that have brought us away from our hearts' desires. We descend into the depths of our hearts to meet God who patiently waits for us to return to His Heart. He alone can satisfy our life's deepest hunger. However, this remains a choice for us. God gives us a choice either to live in the peripherals of our hearts or at its central core where He lives within us.  
     Let our hearts choose You, Lord,  as choices present themselves to us today.    

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 personal intentions - Pauline Kahn

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 30, 2014

 

Friday 30th Week in Ordinary Time

October 31, 2014
Friday 30th Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, St. Alphonsus Rodriguez]

Phil 1: 1-11 / Ps 111: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 / Lk 14: 1-6 

Reading: Phil 1: 1-11
From Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to the saints in Philippi, with their bishops and deacons; to you all in Christ Jesus: May grace and peace be yours from God, our Father, and Christ Jesus the Lord. I give thanks to my God each time I remember you, and when I pray for you, I pray with joy. I cannot forget all you shared with me in the service of the Gospel, from the first day until now. Since God began such a good work in you, I am certain that he will complete it in the day of Christ Jesus. This is my hope for you, for I carry you all in my heart: whether I am in prison or defending and confirming the Gospel, you are with me and share the same grace. God knows that I love you dearly with the love of Christ Jesus, and in my prayers I ask that your love may lead you each day to a deeper knowledge and clearer discernment, that you may have good criteria for everything. So you may be pure of heart and come blameless to the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of holiness that comes through Christ Jesus, for the glory and praise of God.

Gospel: Luke 14:1-6
One Sabbath Jesus had gone to eat a meal in the house of a leading Pharisee, and he was carefully watched. In front of him was a man suffering from dropsy; so Jesus asked the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?" But no one answered. Jesus then took the man, healed him, and sent him away. And he said to them, "If your lamb or your ox falls into a well on a Sabbath day, who among you doesn't hurry to pull it out?"  And they could not answer.

Reflection:
     The theme for today's liturgy emphasizes the prayer of St Paul in the beginning of our Epistle "that your love may lead you each day to a deeper knowledge and clearer discernment." Again, the central focus on love and deeper love, which is exemplified in the Gospel when Jesus shows that while fulfilling the law, the law of deeper love and concern for others should prevail. 
     What is today's deeper knowledge and clearer discernment?  The Lord continues to us the question:  What is the MORE loving thing to do? To follow the legality of curing on a Sabbath or to help the man with dropsy. (Note that dropsy is the old term for a person with edema due to a congestive heart failure.)
     Take note also that Jesus was eating a meal in the house of a leading Pharisee and was being carefully watched, and so the Lord took the opportunity to teach clearer discernment in asking the question "Is it lawful to heal on a Sabbath?" And then, the Lord healed the man and sent him on his way.
     Are there opportunities for us to use this clearer discernment and show greater love and concern for others? How do we handle people who ask us for help? Do we do just enough to get rid of them or do we take the time and trouble to really help them? How many neighbors have we helped in the past week? Let us pray for each other to get this grace of more knowledge and clearer discernment from the Lord. 

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

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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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

 

Wednesday 30th Week in Ordinary Time

October 29, 2014
Wednesday 30th Week in Ordinary Time

Eph 6: 1-9 / Ps 145: 10-11, 12-13ab, 13cd-14 / Lk 13: 22-30 

Reading: Eph 6: 1-9
Children, obey your parents for this is right: Honor your father and your mother. And this is the first commandment that has promise: that you may be happy and enjoy long life in the land. And you, fathers, do not make rebels of your children, but educate them by correction and instruction which the Lord may inspire. Servants, obey your masters of this world with fear and respect, with simplicity of heart, as if obeying Christ. Do not serve only when you are watched or in order to please others, but become servants of Christ who do God's will with all your heart. Work willingly, for the Lord and not for humans, mindful that the good each one has done, whether servant or free, will be rewarded by the Lord. And you, masters, deal with your servants in the same way, and do not threaten them, since you know that they and you have the same Lord who is in heaven, and he treats all fairly.

Gospel: Luke 13: 22-30
Jesus went through towns and villages teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, "Lord, is it true that few people will be saved?" And Jesus answered, "Do your best to enter by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you will stand outside; then you will knock at the door calling: 'Lord, open to us.' But he will say to you: 'I do not know where you come from.' Then you will say: We ate and drank with you and you taught in our streets! But he will reply: 'I don't know where you come from. Away from me all you workers of evil.'You will weep and grind your teeth when you see Abraham and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves left outside. Others will sit at table in the kingdom of God, people coming from east and west, from north and south. Some who are among the last will be the first, and others who were first will be last!"

Reflection:
     Most of the time the only people who stand by us, whether we are good or not, are our parents. They always try to the best of their knowledge to bring us up well. We are taken care of and are nurtured to become well-rounded individuals when we grow up and responsible Christians. There is a stage in life known as puberty, wherein we start to discover our own identity. A lot of times, during this stage, we rebel and become nasty towards our parents simply because we are trying to "break free" from what we learned at home and to be able to draw in what the world has to offer. 
     Our parents would be considered lucky if we grew out of this stage quickly. Unfortunately for some, even at the late stages in their lives, they still live rebelling against their parents sometimes even saying "thank God I'm out of my father's house, I can do what I want." So sad indeed.
     Blessed is the child who grows up with a lot of gratitude towards his parents, regardless of their weaknesses and failures, knowing full well he owes his life to them. This person will grow up with a lot of love and respect for himself and those around him. And God will reward him greatly.

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:
     * 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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Monday, October 27, 2014

 

Tuesday 30th Week in Ordinary Time

October 28, 2014

Tuesday 30th Week in Ordinary Time

[Feast of Sts. Simon & Jude, apostles]   

 

Eph 2: 19-22 / Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 / Lk 6:12-16  

 

Reading: Eph 2: 19-22

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 6:12-16

At this time Jesus went out into the hills to pray, spending the whole night in prayer with God.  When day came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them whom he called apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James son of Alpheus and Simon called the Zealot; Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who would be the traitor.

 

Reflection:

     In today's Gospel, we see how Jesus, after much prayer and meditation, chooses his twelve apostles from among his disciples.  While a disciple is merely a follower of Jesus, an apostle is a "messenger, a person sent forth." Sacred Tradition tells us that after evangelizing in Egypt, Simon joined Jude, and as a team, spread the gospel in Persia, Armenia and Lebanon, where they were both martyred. Do you have the strength and courage to announce the Good News like Simon and Jude? What treasure did the apostles discover that allowed them to give up their lives for the evangelization? Is it possible to find meaning in suffering for Christ to the point of death?

     The first reading tells us that the foundation for the zeal to announce the gospel is Jesus Christ, who is the cornerstone of our faith, because anyone who has received him shall no longer die. Truly, we on earth can experience eternal life when we have Jesus in our hearts, who himself experienced suffering and death, and who makes it possible for us to become fellow citizens with God's people and members of his household. Death is a vanquished adversary who has lost its power and sting when Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. As we approach All Saints' and All Souls' Day, let us ask the intercession of Sts. Simon and Jude. May their lives teach us not to fear death any longer, that the sufferings we experience can have meaning in Jesus Christ, and that eternal life may be with us through Jesus who has fought this battle for 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 world peace and reconciliation

 

... for the birthday intentions of Iona Lacson Dy

 

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

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

 

... for the personal intentions of Beny Chua

 

... for the eternal repose of Pelagia Sandoval

 

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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Sunday, October 26, 2014

 

Monday 30th Week in Ordinary Time

October 27, 2014

Monday 30th Week in Ordinary Time

 

Eph 4: 32 - 5: 8 / Ps 1: 1-2, 3, 4 and 6 / Lk 13: 10-17 

 

Reading: Eph 4: 32 - 5: 8

Be good and understanding, mutually forgiving one another as God forgave you in Christ. As most beloved children of God, strive to imitate him. Follow the way of love, the example of Christ who loved you. He gave himself up for us and became the offering and sacrificial victim whose fragrance rises to God. And since you are holy, there must not be among you even a hint of sexual immorality or greed, or any kind of impurity: these should not be named among you. So too for scandalous words, nonsense and foolishness, which are not fitting; instead offer thanksgiving to God. Know this: no depraved, impure or covetous person who serves the god 'Money' shall have part in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for these are the sins which God is about to condemn in people who do not obey. Do not associate with such people. You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Behave as children of light;

 

Gospel: Luke 13: 10-17

Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath and a crippled woman was there. An evil spirit had kept her bent for eighteen years so that she could not straighten up at all. On seeing her, Jesus called her and said, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." Then he laid his hands upon her and immediately she was made straight and praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue was indignant because Jesus had performed this healing on the Sabbath day and he said to the people, "There are six days in which to work; come on those days to be healed and not on the Sabbath." But the Lord replied, "You hypocrites! Everyone of you unties his ox or his donkey on the Sabbath and leads it out of the barn to give it water. And here you have a daughter of Abraham whom Satan had bound for eighteen years. Should she not be freed from her bonds on the Sabbath?" When Jesus said this, all his opponents felt ashamed. But the people rejoiced at the many wonders that happened through him.

 

Reflection:

     "There is always an exemption to the rule!" Each person in authority tries to put her standards or rules but sometimes, we have to go beyond the rules when it comes to the preservation of life and the maintenance of Christian values. We cannot put aside the good of the person even if it does not strictly follow the rule. In the Gospel of today, Jesus just did what is right --to remove the suffering of the woman even if it was the day of the Sabbath.  But the Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law could not accept this. They always respected the Law. So Jesus challenged them by asking what is the best to be done on the Sabbath, to let someone die or help the person live? Jesus reminds us that the rules that we put in our life are there to have order among the people. So they should be at the service of the people. The person should come first and everything that the person needs must be given priority. On the other hand, he teaches us that there is a proper time and place to do what is good. We should not abstain from doing good whatever the situation is. To do good should always come first.

     What are our priorities in life? Do we sacrifice our relationships just to be at the top and gain power? The question of Jesus to the teachers of the Law applies to us today. What is our response?

 

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 repose of the souls of Florencia Cabrera and Florencio Cabrera

 

... 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 birthday intentions of Dottie Lacson

 

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 25, 2014

 

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 26, 2014
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ex 22: 20-26 / Ps 18: 2-3, 3-4, 47, 51 (2) / 1 Thes 1: 5c-10 / Mt 22: 34-40 

First Reading: Ex 22: 20-26
You shall not wrong or oppress a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall not harm the widow or the orphan.  If you do harm them and they cry out to me, I will hear them and my anger will blaze and I will kill you with the sword, and your own wives will be widows and your own children orphans. If you lend money to any of my people who are poor, do not act like a moneylender and do not charge him interest. If ever you take a person's cloak as a pledge, you must give it back to him by sunset, for it is all the covering he has for his body. In what else will he sleep? And when he cries to me I will hear him, for I am full of pity.

Second Reading: 1 Thes 1: 5c-10
You also know how we dealt with you for your sake. In return, you became followers of us and of the Lord when, on receiving the word, you experienced the joy of the Holy Spirit in the midst of great opposition. And you became a model for the faithful of Macedonia and Achaia, since from you the word of the Lord spread to Macedonia and Achaia, and still farther. The faith you have in God has become news in so many places that we need say no more about it. Others tell of how you welcome us and turned from idols to the Lord. For you serve the living and true God, and you wait for his Son from heaven whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, who frees.

Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40
When the Pharisees heard how Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they came together.  One of them, a teacher of the Law, tried to test him with this question, "Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the Law?" Jesus answered, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and the most important of the commandments. But after this there is another one very similar to it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole Law and the Prophets are founded on these two commandments."

Reflection:
     Jesus puts down God's commandments for us in a nut-shell: Love God and love people. If we get these right, most things will fall into place. But if we get these wrong, most other things will go wrong as well. He loves us but we never love Him back the way He deserves to be loved. Our Father deserves far more than we give Him? He deserves more love than we show Him. 
     Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind." It means putting our all into our worship, surrender, and service. We are to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, anywhere, any time, in church, at home, while driving, while working, while playing, etc. If we love our heavenly Father, we must show at all times and in all ways how much we love Him. Our love for God must overflow into love for people. We must love both God and people. We will never properly love people until we learn to love God. People do love other people, but not as much as when they first love God. Why? Because God is the author of true love. We have to be in touch with God to be in touch with people.
     Love is humble toward others. Love is patient toward others. Love is not self-centered. Love does not seek to control others or police others. Love does not require perfection in others. Sometimes loving those closest to us is the hardest thing to do. We can give money to feed starving people on the other side of the world, but to deal kindly with someone at work or our next door neighbor may be a different matter entirely, and yet, more often than not, we meet God in such an encounter. To profess that we love God while remaining indifferent to the plight of others is a contradiction. God has always involved Himself in the affairs of people because God loves His creation and He loves people most of all. And we, too, are to love people most of all. We can never love God and people too much. And the more we love Him, the more we will love people. The two go hand-in-hand. Life is not just about us. It is not just about what we do in life or what we accomplish in life. Life is about ministering to others. When we really love, when we open our hearts and lives to others, we are drawn to them. Real love cannot sit back and observe. It calls for action. 
     If we don't demonstrate and help others in our world find real love, if we don't help them develop hearts that are open to God's grace and God's peace and God's voice, then the cycles of despair and violence and hate and empty living we see around us will never end. There will be no end to the greed and hate that leads to violence and war, except in the love of Jesus. There will be no end to the irresponsibility and immorality that leads to shattered lives, except in the love of Jesus. There will be no end to the selfishness and self-indulgence that leads to crime, except in the love of Jesus. Real love--Christ's love--is the answer.
     To love people as God has commanded, we need to follow the Golden Rule: treat others as we want to be treated. We need also to follow the Jesus Rule: treat everyone as if they are Jesus, because they are Jesus. Living this way is not easy, but with God's help we can do it we can do it because God wants us to do it. This Gospel passage is not an ideal to be admired but a way of life to be lived if we are to walk humbly with our God. There is an old saying that the night is over and the day has begun when we recognize other people as our brothers and sisters.

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

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 24, 2014

 

Saturday 29th Week in Ordinary Time

October 25, 2014
Saturday 29th Week in Ordinary Time

Eph 4: 7-16/ Ps 122: 1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5 / Lk 13: 1-9 

Reading: Eph 4: 7-16
But to each of us divine grace is given according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said: When he ascended to the heights, he brought captives and gave his gifts to people. He ascended, what does it mean but that he had also descended to the lower parts of the world? He himself who went down, then ascended far above all the heavens to fill all things. As for his gifts, to some he gave to be apostles, to others prophets, or even evangelists, or pastors and teachers. So he prepared those who belong to him for the ministry, in order to build up the Body of Christ, until we are all united in the same faith and knowledge of the Son of God. Thus we shall become the perfect Man, upon reaching maturity and sharing the fullness of Christ. Then no longer shall we be like children tossed about by any wave or wind of doctrine, and deceived by the cunning of people who drag them along into error. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we shall grow in every way towards him who is the head, Christ. From him comes the growth of the whole body to which a network of joints gives order and cohesion, taking into account and making use of the function of each one. So the body builds itself in love.

Gospel: Luke 13: 1-9 
One day some persons told Jesus what had occurred in the Temple: Pilate had Galileans killed and their blood mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. Jesus replied, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this? I tell you: no. But unless you change your ways, you will all perish as they did. And those eighteen persons in Siloah who were crushed when the tower fell, do you think they were more guilty than all the others in Jerusalem? I tell you: no. But unless you change your ways, you will all perish as they did." And Jesus continued with this story, "A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard and he came looking for fruit on it, but found none. Then he said to the gardener: 'Look here, for three years now I have been looking for figs on this tree and I have found none. Cut it down, why should it use up the ground?' The gardener replied: 'Leave it one more year, so that I may dig around it and add some fertilizer; and perhaps it will bear fruit from now on. But if it doesn't, you can cut it down."

Reflection:
     The barren fig tree can be likened to sinful individuals who do not bear fruits of the
Spirit.  Their lives are not aligned with God; therefore they do not exhibit righteousness, holiness or the grace that comes from following Him.  
     Today's parable depicts God's mercy and patience, since the fig tree was spared, but it also comes with a warning that we are living on borrowed time.  While God gives us sufficient time to turn away from our sinful habits and relationships, we will all eventually be judged and purified.  There is no better time than now, to get right with Him.  Throughout the gospels we are reminded that we should always be ready, because we know not the hour of the Master's return.
     May the Holy Spirit fill you with the desire to repent and reconcile yourself to Jesus.  You may not feel strong enough to break the chains of whatever sin may be binding you, but through daily prayer and the sacraments, your soul will be nourished and strengthen against sin and temptation.

     Soul of Christ, sanctify me
     Body of Christ, save me
     Water from the side of Christ, wash me 
     Passion of Christ, give me strength
     Hear me Jesus
     Hide me in thy wounds, that I may never leave thy side
     From all the evil that surrounds me, defend me 
     And when the call of death arrives, bid me come to thee
     That I may praise thee with thy saints forever
                         Anima Christi, Bukas Palad

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 repose of the soul of Jess Aragon

... for Lawrence - courage and guidance to overcome the trials of his life

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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