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Oct 16, 2005

Thank you so much for your prayers for my brother +Ordonio, for me and our family in this time of mourning.

"Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen"

- Fr. Rick


OCTOBER 17, 2005

ROMANS 4:20-25
Brothers and sisters: Abraham did not doubt God's promise in unbelief; rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what God had promised he was also able to do. That is why it was credited to him as righteousness. But it was not for him alone that it was written that it was credited to him; it was also for us, to whom it will be credited, who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over for our transgressions and was raised for our justification.

LUKE 12:13-21
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me." He replied to him, "Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?" Then he said to the crowd, "Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions." Then he told them a parable. "There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, `What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?' And he said, `This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, "Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!"' But God said to him, `You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?' Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God."

The farmer in this morning's gospel is a good man, the sort of man we would admire today. Hard-working, prudent, a good administrator, he has just harvested a bumper crop. So great is his harvest that he has to build new barns in which to store the crop. And now he realizes that he can sit back, relax and enjoy the fruit of his work.

But God says to him, "You fool. Tonight you shall die." Why was he considered a fool? There's no indication in the parable that the farmer is an irreligious man who had consciously cut God out of his life, or that he's a hedonist who would use his riches in the pursuit of wild pleasure or wasteful abandon. Indeed to our way of thinking, he appears to be a solid and most admirable citizen, blessed with a fine sense of provision for the future and a strong sense of responsibility.

God calls the farmer "fool" because the farmer allowed his riches to lead him into a practical forgetfulness of God, a sort of pragmatic atheism. In other words, the only important thing in his life at that moment was his bumper harvest and his wealth. This became for him the sole source of his security. Note that the farmer did not explicitly deny God a place in his life. Rather, there was no place for God in his life because his wealth, rather than God, provided him with all the security he needed.

This is an attitude, which can afflict anyone in all social classes, the rich, the middleclass and the poor. In practice, wealth, whether actually possessed or simply longed for and desired, can consume all one's time, and worse, all one's attention. It doesn't matter whether the person is rich or poor, the desire for wealth, of itself alone, can squeeze God out of our lives.

"Lord, free me from all covetousness and from attachment to possessions. May I wholly desire you as my treasure and portion. Help me to make good use of the material blessings you give me that I may use them generously for your glory and for the good of others."

We pray …
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Ordonio De La Pena, may he rest in the peace of the Lord.
- 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 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 the personal intentions of Cha.
- for the healing of Donna.
- Birthday: Marcelo P. Sanchez
- for the personal intentions of Beny Chua.
- for the knowledge, wisdom and understanding of James Francis de Loyola.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam: Sergio Lim Sr.
- In Thanksgiving: Tyrone & Letty Tang
- 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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