Thursday, September 29, 2005



SEPTEMBER 30, 2005

BARUCH 1:15-22
During the Babylonian captivity, the exiles prayed: "Justice is with
the Lord, our God; and we today are flushed with shame, we men of Judah
and citizens of Jerusalem, that we, with our kings and rulers and
priests and prophets, and with our ancestors, have sinned in the Lord's
sight and disobeyed him. We have neither heeded the voice of the Lord,
our God, nor followed the precepts which the Lord set before us. From
the time the Lord led our ancestors out of the land of Egypt until the
present day, we have been disobedient to the Lord,
our God, and only too ready to disregard his voice. And the evils and
the curse that the Lord enjoined upon Moses, his servant, at the time
he led our ancestors forth from the land of Egypt to give us the land
flowing with milk and honey, cling to us even today. For we did not
heed the voice of the Lord, our God, in all the words of the prophets
whom he sent us, but each one of us went off after the devices of his
own wicked heart, served other gods, and did evil in the sight of the
Lord, our God."

LUKE 10:13-16
Jesus said to them, "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For
if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But
it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for
you. And as for you, Capernaum, `Will you be exalted to heaven? You
will go down to the netherworld.' Whoever listens to you listens to me.
Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one
who sent me."

Perhaps some of us may react with concern to Jesus' harsh words in
today's gospel. He scolds several towns for their lack of repentance.
In particular, he condemns Capernaum, a town which not only Jesus
preached and performed miracles but also likely has a number of
believers, friends and relatives living there (Luke 4:31-41). Jesus
continues by mentioning that outlying towns like Sidon and Tyre, would
have a better probability of salvation than the Galilean towns.

We would always like to think that Jesus sympathizes with our efforts
and sacrifices because we are his followers. But, we would no doubt be
disappointed or even feel bad, if instead of recognizing our faith and
loyalty, he scolds us for not doing enough and more so if he tells us
that pagans will have a better chance of entering Heaven than us.

Jesus' friendship with us is unlike any human friendship. We may
define friendship with other humans as consisting of loyalty, honor,
and mutual respect. Jesus however defines friendship to include frank
honesty, high expectations of carrying out our responsibilities, and
untiring commitment to the Lord's mission.

Therefore, if we expect that being a Christian means only to have a
happy and secure lifestyle, having peace of mind and ensuring that we
will one day go to heaven, then we can expect Jesus to rebuke us for
being wrong and perhaps being too presumptive. Being a Christian is
more than that.

"Most High and glorious God, enlighten the darkness of our hearts and
give us a true faith, a certain hope and a perfect love. Give us a
sense of the divine and knowledge of yourself, so that we may do
everything in fulfillment of your holy will; through Jesus Christ our
Lord." (Prayer of Francis of Assisi, 1182-1226)

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the speedy recovery of Annika Nadine Uy.
- for the speedy recovery and well-being of Vanessa Nicole Lee Lim.
- for the personal intentions of Veronica Yap.
- for the personal intentions of RDVR.
- for the special intentions of Bro. Nanding.
- for the speedy recovery of Mike Torres.
- Birthday: Sis Teresa Carpio
- for the speedy recovery of Jose L. Carpio.
- for the speedy recovery of Oca Oblefias.
- for the special intentions of Liza Carpio & family.
- for the special intentions of Beny Chua.
- for Gladys who will undergo a major surgery on 7th October
- for the speedy recovery of Raymond Ronald. He is in comatose state.
Please pray that the Lord will miraculously heal him.
- for the intentions of Eva Kabore & Joyce Borning Family & Friends
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Conchita Kim Yu
- Birthday: Melody Lim
- Wedding Anniversary: Lourdes & Jose Lim Chuteck
- Wedding Anniversary: Virginia & Angelo L. Yu
- 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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