Thursday, September 08, 2005




1 TIMOTHY 1:1-2, 12-14
Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our savior and of
Christ Jesus our hope, to Timothy, my true child in faith: grace,
mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am
grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because
he considered me trustworthy in appointing me to the ministry. I was
once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man, but I have been
mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.
Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith
and love that are in Christ Jesus.

LUKE 6:39-42
Jesus told his disciples a parable: "Can a blind person guide a blind
person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the
teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his
teacher. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do
not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your
brother, `Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,' when you
do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite!
Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter in your brother's eye."

In today's gospel Jesus is teaching us a way of living in relation to
others. Perhaps we all have the experience of teaching others well
because we have learned something ourselves. We cannot teach others
what we have not learned ourselves.

When we do have something to teach others, we still have to exercise
caution. Many of us have a very human tendency to judge others,
noticing their faults, mistakes, or shortcomings. We may have time and
again did this in our hearts, but those of us who are impulsive may
express this judgment by openly calling attention to the limitations of

Today Jesus asks us to be more charitable. We must always remember
that we do not know what is going on in another person's heart, that we
often do not have complete information, and that there may be a good
explanation behind another person's actions. Let us not be slaves to
our impulsive reactions. Instead, let us relate to others with the
loving kindness and mercy of Jesus, who desires to draw all
of us into himself.

"O Father, give us the humility which realizes its ignorance, admits
its mistakes, recognizes its need, welcomes advice, accepts rebuke.
Help us always to praise rather than to criticize, to sympathize rather
than to discourage, to build rather than to destroy, and to think of
people at their best rather than at their worst. This we ask for thy
name's sake. (Prayer of William Barclay, 20th century)

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the personal intention of Mr. & Mrs. Terence Dunleavy.
- birthday thanksgiving: Christian Ancel Esparaguera
- for the speedy recovery of Annika Nadine Uy.
- for the personal intentions of Nkiru.
- for the speedy recovery of Matthew.
- for the speedy recovery of Victoria.
- for the speedy recovery of Ordonio de la Pena.
- for the speedy recovery, peace of mind and strength of Ben Yap.
- for the speedy recovery of Edna Pastor.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Dorotea Relampagos
- Birthday: Sari Ortiga
- 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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