Sunday, September 25, 2016

 

Monday, 26th Week in Ordinary Time

26 September 2016 

Monday, 26th Week in Ordinary Time

Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs  

Green.            

 

Jb 1:6 – 22 / Lk 9:46 – 50

 

St. Cosmas and Damian (d. 303) were brothers known for their medical skills and were martyred under Diocletian.

 

Gospel Reading: Lk 9: 46 - 50

One day the disciples were arguing about which of them the most important was.  But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he took a little child and stood him by his side. Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. And listen: the one who is found to be the least among you all, is the one who is the greatest."

 

Then John spoke up, "Master, we saw someone who drives out demons by calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him, because he doesn't follow you with us."  But Jesus said, "Don't forbid him. He who is not against you is for you."

           

Reflection

In today's Gospel reading, we find our Lord Jesus using two instances to point out to his disciples the attitudes which are incompatible with his idea of discipleship. 

 

The first is a desire for power, or any form of status or privilege with which one is set apart from or over others. The second is intolerance for others who do not belong to the same group. 

 

Underlying these two attitudes is a false sense of exclusivity. As we all know, women and children had no status in Jewish society during Jesus' time. By holding up a child as an example, Jesus is turning their world view upside down. This was how radical or revolutionary the teachings of our Lord were as they appeared to his contemporaries. 

 

Even in our modern times, many of these wrong attitudes are still with us albeit in modified forms. Do we try to make an effort to understand other people who are different from us in skin color, physical features, cultural or faith traditions, social standing, or interests? Do we feel uncomfortable around them? If we still do, are we aware how incompatible these attitudes are with Christian discipleship? 

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     Fr. Thomas H. O'Gorman, SJ

     Marilyn Sung Lu

     Rey Jaymalin

     Sr. Ditma Luz J. Trocio, MIC

 

THANKSGIVING

     Nonoy, Shirley and Lorenzo Panganiban

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     Dra. Rosalind Sia & Dr. John Lim

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     Conchita Chuah Khoon

 

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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Saturday, September 24, 2016

 

26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

25 September 2016

26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  

Cycle C.   Green.   

 

Am 6:1a, 4 – 7 / 1 Tim 6: 11 – 16 / Lk 16:19 – 31

                       

Gospel Reading: Lk 16:19 – 31 

Jesus spoke this parable, "Once there was a rich man who dressed in purple and fine linen and feasted every day.  At his gate lay Lazarus, a poor man covered with sores, who longed to eat just the scraps falling from the rich man's table.  Even dogs used to come and lick his sores.  It happened that the poor man died and angels carried him to take his place with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.  From hell where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham afar off, and with him Lazarus at rest.

 

"He called out: 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus with the tip of his finger dipped in water to cool my tongue, for I suffer so much in this fire.'

 

"Abraham replied: 'My son, remember that in your lifetime you were well-off while the lot of Lazarus was misfortune.  Now he is in comfort and you are in agony. But that is not all.  Between your place and ours a great chasm has ben fixed, so that no one can cross over from here to you or from your side to us.'

 

"The rich man implored once more: 'Then I beg you, Father Abraham, to send Lazarus to my father's house where my five brothers live. Let him warn them so that they may not end up in this place of torment.'  Abraham replied: 'They have Moses and the prophets.  Let them listen to them.'  But the rich man said: 'No, Father Abraham.  But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'

 

"Abraham said: 'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the grave.'"

 

Reflection

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus in today's Gospel reading teaches us to take our life on earth very seriously for our eternity depends upon how we live our life on earth.

 

The rich man was well of in life, dressed in purple and fine linen, and feasted every day:  presumably his life was about himself and his comfort and fine living.  The poor man Lazarus, covered with sores, lay at the rich man's gate, longing to be fed the scraps from the rich man's table:  presumably he endured his misfortune and pains with great patience and perseverance.

 

At his death, the rich man was buried in the torments and fires of hell. Lazarus was carried into the joyous bosom of Father Abraham.

 

Once in heaven or hell, one is in eternal happiness or in eternal torment and pain: "Between your place [in hell] and ours [in heaven] a great chasm has been fixed, so that no one can cross over from here to you or from your side to us."  

 

We are not uninformed about heaven and hell, about eternal happiness with God and eternal damnation with the bad angels: Moses and the prophets, the Lord Jesus and the Church have spoken about the loving and just God.

 

Let us listen and learn and with God's grace and mercy, hope and pray and live that we be rewarded with eternal rest with Lazarus and Father Abraham.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     Christopher M. Palisoc

     Chrystal G. Malinay

     Des Suarez

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     Siu Tian

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the healing & speedy recovery of Sy Song Tau.

 

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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Friday, September 23, 2016

 

Saturday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time

24 September 2016 
Saturday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time
Green.        

Eccl 11:9 – 12: 8 / Lk 9: 43b – 45. 

From the 1st Reading: Eccl 11: 9 - 10
Rejoice, young man, in your youth and direct well your heart when you are young;  follow your desires and achieve your ambitions but recall that God will take account of all that you do.  Drive sorrow from your heart and pain from your flesh, for youth and dark hair will not last.  Be mindful of your Creator when you are young, before the time of sorrow when you have to say, "This gives me no pleasure."

Gospel Reading: Lk 43b - 45       
And all who saw it were astonished at God's wonderful work.  While all were amazed at everything Jesus did, he said to his disciples, "Listen and remember what I tell you now: The Son of Man will be delivered into human hands." But the disciples didn't understand this saying; something prevented them from grasping what he meant, and they were afraid to ask him about it.

Reflection:
Prior to today's Gospel incident, we see Jesus expelling an evil spirit from a possessed child.  The possessed child was brought to Jesus because the disciples were unable to cure him.  Jesus rebukes the disciples and people for their lack of faith, "You faithless people! How wrong you arre! How long must I be with you and put up with you?" (Lk9: 41) 

After the cure of the epileptic child, Jesus foretells that "the Son of Man will be delivered into human hands."  "But the disciples didn't understand this saying; something prevented them from grasping what he meant, and they were afraid to ask him."  

In the Gospel of Mark, Peter had an even stronger reaction when Jesus predicted his suffering and death: "Peter took him aside and began to protest strongly."  And Jesus rebuked him harshly, "Get behind me Satan! You are thinking, not as God does, but as people do"  (Mk 8: 32 – 33)

The disciples could not cure the possessed child because they lacked faith. They could not understand Jesus' speaking of his suffering and death because they were thinking, "not as God does, but as people do."

the wisdom to appreciate God's ways rather than men's and to live accordingly.

Today's Gospel reading asks us:  Are we living by faith?  Are we relying on the power of God every day?  Or are we working very hard to deal with our day-to-day challenges using only our own power?  


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     Dinna A. Ramos
     Nena Go

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
     Juanito & Stella Dy

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     Peter Lim Jr (Jun 28, 1927 – Sep 24, 1997)

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, 25th Week in Ordinary Time

23 September 2016  

Friday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time  

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Priest 

Memorial.         White.          

 

Eccl 3:1 – 11 / Lk 9:18 – 22

 

Born in the Italian village of Pietrelcina, St. Padre Pio (1887 – 1968) was a Capuchin priest famed for his miraculous abilities as a confessor, spiritual adviser and intercessor.

 

Gospel Reading: Lk 9:18 - 22  

One day when Jesus was praying alone, not far from his disciples, he asked them, "What do people say about me?" And they answered, "Some say that you are John the Baptist; others say that you are Elijah, and still others that you are one of the former prophets risen from the dead." Again Jesus asked them, "Who then do you say I am?" Peter answered, "The Messiah of God." Then Jesus spoke to them, giving them strict orders not to tell this to anyone.

 

And he added, "The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the elders and chief priests and teachers of the Law, and put to death. Then after three days he will be raised to life."

 

Reflection

The Gospel reading presents a key event in the public ministry of Jesus. After a couple of years with his disciples, years of teaching by word and by his miracles and actions, he asks them what people say of him and what they say he is.

 

This disciples say that others think he was John the Baptist or Elijah or one of the prophets risen from the dead. When asked who they themselves say Jesus was, Peter makes the confession, in the name of all of them that he was "the Messiah of God."  

 

After the disciples declared their faith in him as the Messiah, Jesus goes on to reveal that as Messiah he "must suffer many things . . .  be rejected by the elders and chief priests and teachers of the Law, and put to death. Then after three days he will be raised to life."

 

Though aware of what he had to undergo, Jesus remained obedient to the Father's will. As he prayed in Gethsemane,  "Father, if it is your will, remove this cup from me;  still not my will but yours be done."  (Lk 22: 42)

 

This is the path and way for anyone who wishes to follow Christ: "If you wish to be a follower of mine, deny yourself and take up your cross each day, and follow me."

St. Padre Pio followed the Lord in his life of simplicity and generous service to the Lord in endless hours in the confessional. His life and example teach us, it is possible to follow the Lord in whatever life we may have.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     Teddy Cua

 

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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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

 

Thursday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time

22 September 2016
Thursday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time 
Green.        

Eccl 1:2 – 11 / Lk 9:7 – 9

From the 1st Reading: Eccl 1: 2 – 11
All is meaningless – says the Teacher - - meaningless, meaningless!

What profit is there for a man in all his work for which he toils under the sun?  A generation goes, a generation comes and the earth remains forever. The sun rises, the sun sets, hastening towards the place where it rises again. Blowing to the south, turning to the north, the wind goes round and round and after all its rounds it has to blow again

All rivers go to the sea but the sea is not full; to the place  where the rivers come from, there they return again.

All words become weary and speech comes to an end, but the eye has never seen enough or the ear heard too much.

What has happened before will happen again; what has been done before will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

If they say to you, "See, it is new!" know that it has already been centuries earlier.  There is no remembrance of ancient people, and those who come will not be remembered by those who follow them.
         
Gospel Reading: Lk 9:7 - 9 
King Herod heard of all this and did not know what to think, since people said, "This is John, raised from the dead." Others believed that Elijah or one of the ancient prophets had come back to life. As for Herod, he said, "I had John beheaded; who is this man about whom I hear such wonders?"  And he was anxious to see him.

Reflection
King Herod had beheaded John the Baptist at the request of the dancing daughter of his brother Philip's wife whom he had married and for which John had reproached him, "It is not right for you to live with your brother's wife."  (Mk 6: 18)  John had "preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins" (Mk 1: 4) and spoken about "preparing the way of the Lord."  (Mk 1: 3)

Herod had also heard about another preacher, teacher and wonder- and miracle-worker named Jesus and he was "anxious" to see him.  Why was Herod anxious to see Jesus?  Was Herod interested to hear Jesus?  When Herod had imprisoned John he "liked listening to him, although he became very disturbed whenever he heard him";  "he knew John to be an upright and holy man." (Mk 6: 20)

Herod did meet Jesus when Pilate sent the accused Jesus to him: "Finding the accused to come under Herod's jurisdiction, Pilate sent Jesus over to Herod who happened to be in Jerusalem at that time.  Herod was delighted to have Jesus before him; for a long time he had wanted to see him because of the reports about him, and he was hoping to see Jesus work some miracle.  He piled up question upon question, but got no reply from Jesus."  (Lk 23: 7 – 9)

How anxious are we to meet Jesus?  What would we ask him?  What would we want him to do for us?


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     Micah M. Del Carmen
     Anthony Chua
     Maria Rosabel Nazal Kaw
     Nicky Tesoro

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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St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

21 September 2016

Wednesday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time     

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Feast.       Red.         

 

Eph 4:1 – 7, 11 – 13 / Mt 9: 9 – 13

 

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, was a tax-collector before he was called by Christ.  From tradition he preached the Gospel as far as Persia or Ethiopia.

 

From the 1st Reading: Eph 4: 1 - 6

Therefore I, the prisoner of Christ, invite you to live the vocation you have received.  Be humble, kind, patient, and bear with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep among you the unity of Spirit through bonds of peace.  Let there be one body and one spirit, for God, in calling you, gave the same Spirit to all. One Lord, one faith, one baptism.  One God, the Father of all, who is above all and works through all and is in all.

 

Gospel Reading: Mt 9: 9 - 13

As Jesus moved on from there, he saw a man named Matthew at his seat in the custom-house, and he said to him, "Follow me." And Matthew got up and followed him. Now it happened, while Jesus was at table in Matthew's house, many tax collectors and other sinners joined Jesus and his disciples.  When the Pharisees saw this they said to his disciples, "Why is it that your master eats with those sinners and tax collectors?"

When Jesus heard this he said, "Healthy people do not need a doctor, but sick people do. Go and find out what this means: What I want is mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."

 

 

Reflection

Jesus is the epitome of unconditional love, especially to sinners. How we wish we can be like Christ, who opened himself to sinners and gave them a chance to get to know him. But we are only human, we sometimes judge and condemn. 

 

Personally as an HR Professional involved in various industries, it's inevitable for me to meet different folks with different strokes. My humility and resilience have been tested, especially at the most critical situations. There have been times when I could not take an employee's cockiness or attitude and I easily judge. But I also realize that I should not judge and understand the individual by reaching out to him or to her. In the end, not only can I understand his or her situation but I also appreciate where the person is coming from. 

 

Through reaching out to them, I get to provide the most practical yet viable solution to their challenging circumstance. In the end, I ask myself: "Why am I in HR? So that I can make a difference in people's lives." 

 

Like Jesus, why does he reach out to sinners? So that he can touch their lives and they can come with him. 

 

May we be more like Christ who is ready to accept those who have strayed away? Let us continue to learn from his heart full of love and always ready to forgive.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     Luningning de Quiroz

 

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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Monday, September 19, 2016

 

Tuesday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time

20 September 2016   

Tuesday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time

Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest, Paul Chong Ha-sang 

and Companions, Martyrs

Memorial.       Red.           

 

Prv 21:1– 6, 10 – 13 / Lk 8:19 -21

 

Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon (d1846), the first native Korean priest, Paul Chong Ha-sang (1795 – 1839), a lay Korean associate, and 111 Korean martyrs gave their lives for the Faith from 1839 – 1867

 

Gospel Reading: Lk 8:19 - 21

Then his mother and his relatives came to him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd. Someone told him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and wish to meet you." Then Jesus answered, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it."

 

Reflection

Early in our childhood, we have been taught the value of family and relatives.  "Blood is thicker than water" we were often reminded.  

 

I remember in the early days of Boys Town, an orphanage for young boys, there is this story of two orphan brothers, (barely teenagers, I was told) who loved each other so much.  Because one was a cripple, the healthier one would carry the other wherever they went.  One day they were at the beach.  The brother was enjoying himself so much that when he saw his handicapped brother sitting by and just watching, he longed to share the fun of the waves, the sand, the sun and the wind with his brother.  And so he carried his brother while frolicking at the beach.  When asked by the warden whether it was difficult to take care of a handicapped brother, his simple reply was "He ain't heavy.  He's my brother."

 

Such is the noble potential of family relationships.  Love for one another transcends all difficulties. 

 

Two things strike me in today's Gospel passage. First, Jesus said, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it."  He is actually testifying to the discipleship of Mary and his relatives.  They listen and they do the word of God.  

Second, anyone who hears the word of God and does it is a member of God's family. 

 

This is good news, indeed!  The family of God extends beyond blood relations. Even at his time, Jesus was already preaching "inclusivity" as against exclusivity.  If I hear the word of God and if I do it, then, I am a member of God's family!

 

Members of the family, as we know and experience, care for each other. We look after each other.  As the orphan boy would remind us, "They ain't heavy.  They're our brothers and sisters."

 

What am I doing to help my family hear and do the word of God? Who are these members of the family of God within my circle of influence? What am I doing for my brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers in the family of God who need help, who are poor, who are sick, who are lonely?  What does it take to be a member of the family of God?

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     Liao E. Lian

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the special intentions for Nick Lucena and Leonard John Koh

 

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, September 18, 2016

 

Monday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time

19 September 2016 

Monday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time 

St. Januarius, Bishop and Martyr

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Prv 3:27 – 34 / Lk 8:16 – 18

 

Born in Benevento, St. Januarius (d. 305) was martyred in Naples during the time of Diocletian. He is the Patron of Naples.  When the container-reliquary is exposed, his blood liquifies on this day and on a couple of other days in the year. 

 

Gospel Reading: Lk 8: 16 -18

Jesus said, "No one, after lighting a lamp covers it with a bowl or puts it under the bed; rather he puts it on a lampstand so that people coming in may see the light.  In the same way, there is nothing hidden that shall not be uncovered; nothing kept secret that shall not be known clearly. Now, take care how well you listen, for whoever produces will be given more, but from those who do not produce, even what they seem to have will be taken away from them."

 

Reflection

"O God, grant us, we pray, to venerate the memory of the Martyr Saint Januarius.  Give us the joy of his company in blessed happiness for all eternity. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever." (Opening Prayer at Mass in honor of St. Januarius)

 

The miracle of Januarius has world-wide fame. At least three times a year, on 19 Septembet, his feast day, December 16 and the first Sunday of May, the sealed vial with congealed blood of the saint liquefies, froths and bubbles up. This miraculous event occurs every year, with rare exceptions. Popular devotion and tradition hold that the liquefaction is a sign that the year will be preserved from disasters. 

 

"Now take care how well you listen" is the injunction of scripture… pausing in silence to reflect, we listen with our heart. Speak Lord, Your child awaits! 

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     Henry Tang

     Pacita P. Yu (Aug 31, 1947 – Sep 19, 2011)

 

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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25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

18 September 2016

25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  

Cycle C.     Green.     

 

Am 8:4 – 7 / 1 Tim 2:1 – 8 / Lk 16: 1 – 13

                       

From the Gospel Reading: Lk 16:1 – 10, 13  

At another time Jesus told his disciples, "There was a rich man whose steward was reported to him for fraudulent service.  He summoned the steward and asked him: 'What is this I hear about you? I want you to render an account of your service for it is about to be terminated.

 

The steward thought to himself: 'What am I to do now?  My master will surely dismiss me.  I am not strong enough to do hard work, and I am ashamed to beg.  I know what I will do:  I must make sure that when I am dismissed, there will be some people to welcome me into their house.

 

"So he called his master's debtors one by one. He asked the first who camel: 'How much do you owe my master?' The reply was:  'A hundred jars of oil.' The steward said: 'Here is your bill, Sit down quickly and write there fifty.' To the second he put the same question: 'How much do you owe?' The answer was: 'A thousand bushels of wheat."  Then he said: 'Take your bill and write eight hundred.'

 

"The master commended the dishonest steward for his astuteness. For the people of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the people of light.  And so I tell you: use filthy money to make friends for yourselves, so that when it fails, these men may welcome you into the eternal homes.

 

"Whoever can be trusted in little things can also be trusted in great ones; whoever is dishonest in slight matters will also be dishonest in greater ones. . . .

 

"No servant can serve two masters. Either he does not like the one and is fond of the other, or he regards one highly and the other with contempt.  You cannot give yourself both to God and Money." 

 

Reflection

The Gospel reading today can teach us three key lessons about life.

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First, "the master commended the dishonest steward for his astuteness. For the people of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the people of light."  The dishonest steward prepared for his future security, knowing he would be fired by the master for his dishonesty.  He made friends with debtors of his master whose debts he greatly reduced so that they "owed" him and he could later call on them for help and support, as may be needed.

 

We should use our talents and gifts as best as we can in our following of Christ and our pursuit for the kingdom of God.  Thus, studies and proper preparation are required for the ministerial priesthood: a major reform of the Counter-Reformation Council of Trent was the greater standardization of the education of the clergy. Similarly the laity also need solid Christian formation and education.

 

Secondly, "whoever can be trusted in little things can also be trusted in great ones; whoever is dishonest in slight matters will also be dishonest in greater ones."   This is the lesson of the parable of the talents (Mt 25: 14 – 30; Lk 19: 12 -27; Mk 4: 25): "For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who are unproductive, even what they have will be taken away from them." We must use our gifts well and be truly productive.

 

Thirdly, "no servant can serve two masters. . . .You cannot give yourself both to God and Money."  The service of God demands our all: "If you want to enter eternal life, keep the commandments." "If you wish to be perfect, go and sell all that you possess and give the money to the poor and you will become the owner of a treasure in heaven. Then come back and follow me." (Mt 19: 17b. 21)

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     Dr Evelyn N. Almalel

     Lourdes G. Choa

     Joaquin Nañagas

 

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, September 16, 2016

 

Saturday, 24th Week in Ordinary Time

17 September 2016 

Saturday, 24th Week in Ordinary Time

St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Memorial.        White.      

 

1 Cor 15: 35 – 37, 42 – 49.      Lk 8: 4 – 15

 

[Bicolandia: Ina, Our Lady of Penafrancia]

 

An Italian of noble family, St. Robert Bellarmine (1542 – 1621), a Jesuit and Cardinal-Archbishop of Capua, was a great scholar and theologian, a writer and systematic apologist of the Catholic Counter-Reformation.

  

From the Gospel Reading: Lk 8: 4 – 8, 11 - 15

As a great crowd gathered and people came to him from every town, Jesus began teaching them through stories, or parables,  "The sower went out to sow the seed. And as he sowed, some of the grain fell along the way, was trodden on and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and no sooner had it come up than it withered, because it had no water. Some fell among thorns; the thorns grew up with the seed and choked it.  But some fell on good soil and grew, producing fruit – a hundred times as much." And Jesus cried out, "Listen then, if you have ears to hear!"

 

"Now, this is the point of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the wayside are people who hear it, but immediately the devil comes and takes the word from their minds, for he doesn't want them to believe and be saved. Those on the rocky ground are people who receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe for a while and give way in time of trial. Among the thorns are people who hear the word but as they go their way, are choked by worries, riches, and the pleasures of life; they bring no fruit to maturity. The good soil, instead, are people who receive the word and keep it in a gentle and generous mind, and persevering patiently, they bear fruit."

 

Reflection

Today's Gospel parable builds on our understanding of sowing and reaping.  Sowing is to spread seeds that have to die in order to give life to a new form and being – the plant of the seed itself.  Reaping is harvesting of the fruit or grain of the plants from the seeds  sown in order to provide grain for the  nourishment for people.

     

The seeds that were sown in different environments lead to different results:  some do not even grow but are eaten by birds; some grow poorly for lack of soil or water or because they are choked by thorns.  Only those sown on good soil grow well and provide much grain for the harvest.

 

In similar fashion God's word is received in different ways. Only those who receive God's word with faith, patience and perseverance bear much fruit.

 

How do we receive God's word?  What results do we provide?

  

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     Pamela Denise C. Inocencio

     Jigger Jamir

     Annie Aberin

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     Warren and Jennie Lo

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     Fr. Juan Andechaga, SJ

     Marie Amy O'Gorman

 

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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