Tuesday, October 11, 2005
WEDNESDAY 28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
OCTOBER 12, 2005
WEDNESDAY 28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment.
For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself,
since you, the judge, do the very same things. We know that the
judgment of God on those who do such things is true. Do you suppose,
then, you who judge those who engage in such things and yet do them
yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you hold his
priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience in low esteem, unaware
that the kindness of God would lead you to repentance? By your
stubbornness and impenitent heart, you are storing up wrath for
yourself for the day of wrath and revelation of the just judgment of
God, who will repay everyone according to his works, eternal life to
those who seek glory, honor, and immortality through perseverance in
good works, but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth
and obey wickedness. Yes, affliction and distress will come upon
everyone who does evil, Jew first and then Greek. But there will be
glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good, Jew first and then
Greek. There is no partiality with God.
The Lord said: "Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue
and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to
love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the
others. Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues
and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you! You are like unseen graves
over which people unknowingly walk." Then one of the scholars of the
law said to him in reply, "Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us
too." And he said, "Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on
people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger
to touch them."
The party continues to go downhill and disintegrate. Jesus has no
intention of rescuing it. He presses forward with his harsh
condemnations. A lawyer in the crowd complains that the insults Jesus
is leveling against the Pharisees target also himself and his
colleagues, other lawyers, unfairly. "You lawyers are cursed too,"
Jesus fires back at him, "you're putting heavy burdens on the shoulders
of ordinary people, you're writing new, oppressive regulations and
giving these man made regulations more importance than you give God's
Why does Jesus persist in condemning Israel's religious teachers?
Perhaps because he felt they were experts in the Law and the Prophets
and that, were they open-minded, they would have known that the
scriptures prioritize justice and love and give secondary importance to
matters external, such as the payment of tithes on garden produce.
Where does all this put us? We know of Jesus' negative reaction to the
Pharisaic lack of concern for the priorities God established in the
scriptures. We know also of Jesus' constant concern for the poor and
the oppressed, victims of injustice. We also have the teaching of the
Church's magisterium, as set forth in a century of papal encyclicals on
justice. We are less justified than the Pharisees, for our
indifference to widespread poverty and oppression in our county and in
"Lord, inflame my heart with your love that I may always pursue what
matters most - love of God and love of neighbor. Give me wisdom and
courage to act with justice, kindness, and mercy in all that I do and
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 of Alice.
- for the speedy recovery and well-being of Vanessa Nicole Lee Lim.
- for the speedy recovery of Mike Torres.
- for the personal intentions of Cha.
- for the speedy recovery of Lee.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Prayer Intention: Angie Ong & Family
- Prayer Intention: Pedro & Marie Therese Belleza
- Wedding Anniversary: Sally Jane & Edison Sy
- Wedding Anniversary: Uy Kim & Felisa L. Uy
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Lourdes Santos, may perpetual
light shine upon her.
- for the special intentions of Raymond & Chorel de Veas
- 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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