Friday, October 14, 2005
MEMORIAL, ST. TERESA OF JESUS, VIRGIN & DOCTOR
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MEMORIAL, ST. TERESA OF JESUS, VIRGIN & DOCTOR
Oct 14, 2005
SATURDAY 28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
ROMANS 4:13, 16-18
It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring--not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed--the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. "Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say."
Today's reading tells us of the unforgivable sin against the Holy Spirit. It is this same sin – blasphemy, which literally means irreverent treatment or outright insult of a sacred subject – that Jesus spoke about when the scribes and Pharisees attributed his cures to the devil, instead of to God.
How easy it is for us, too, to fall into the trap of losing the ability to recognize God's truth by repeatedly closing our eyes to Him. Eventually, the point is reached when sin is no longer recognized as evil. Our contemporary experience bears witness to the sad state our world is in, today. Abortion is justified as a "matter of choice," pornography as "freedom of expression." Anything that gives pleasure and makes one happy is "good." More recently, suicidal acts to destroy the lives of thousands of innocent people are done allegedly in accordance with the will of the Supreme Being. Jesus referred to this as the "unforgivable sin" because the sinner has lost all sense of sin and goodness and has hardened his mind and heart to God – a state that precludes repentance and forgiveness.
May our minds and hearts, through the action of the Holy Spirit, never lose grasp of God's truth.
"Lord Jesus, you are my hope and salvation. May I trust you at all times and rely on your grace in temptation. Let the fire of your Holy Spirit burn in my heart and fill me with a consuming love for you."
We pray …
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn. - 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 Lee. - for the personal intentions of Cha. - for the speedy recovery of Loida R. Pasion. - for the well-being and speedy recovery of Conchita Tan. - for the well-being and speedy recovery of Joaqui. - In Thanksgiving: Bro. Nanding - In Thanksgiving: Balingit's family. - for the speedy recovery of Yeye Carlos. - for the speedy recovery of Cristeta Villegas. - for the personal intentions of Rikit Navarro. - for the well-being and speedy recovery of Conchita Gosengfiao. - for the speedy recovery of Mike Torres. - for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary. - In Memoriam: Felix A. Estrada (1917 - 1996) - for the successful ovarian operation of MichelleVergara on Nov 4. - 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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