Monday, September 04, 2006


Tuesday 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

September 5, 2006
Tuesday 22nd Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II

Brothers and sisters: The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the
depths of God. Among men, who knows what pertains to the man except his
spirit that is within? Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God
except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world
but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand the things
freely given us by God. And we speak about them not with words taught
by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing
spiritual realities in spiritual terms. Now the natural man does not
accept what pertains to the Spirit of God, for to him it is
foolishness, and he cannot understand it, because it is judged
spiritually. The one who is spiritual, however, can judge everything
but is not subject to judgment by anyone. For "who has known the mind
of the Lord, so as to counsel him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

LUKE 4:31-37
Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the
sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with
authority. In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an
unclean demon, and he cried out in a loud voice, "What have you to do
with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you
are-the Holy One of God!" Jesus rebuked him and said, "Be quiet! Come
out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down in front of them and
came out of him without doing him any harm. They were all amazed and
said to one another, "What is there about his word? For with authority
and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out." And news
of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.

Yesterday Paul contrasted the wisdom of God and the wisdom of men for
the Corinthians, indicating that his proclamation of the Lord Jesus was
presented to them not with "wise argumentation," but with "the
convincing power of the Spirit." In today's reading he picks up and
develops further the difference between the wisdom of this age and the
wisdom that comes from God.

No one, he says, knows the thoughts in any person's mind if that person
does not reveal his thoughts. How much more true is this of God! If we
are to come to know God's thoughts, he must reveal them to us. The
instrument through which he reveals his thoughts is the Spirit. Through
the Spirit we have access to the mind of God. Paul clothes this
startling statement with even more startling words; he says, "We have
the mind of Christ!"

If the Spirit dwells within us, we look at the world with the eyes of
Christ, we see reality as he sees it, we judge issues with Christ's
wisdom. We look, for instance, at the crucifixion, seeing not just an
utterly admirable young man wrongfully put to death by Rome at the
insistence of a group of Jewish leaders; we see God's own Son, at his
Father's behest remain faithful to all that is good and holy. We see
him the revelation of God's supremacy over sin and death. At the
Eucharistic sacrifice we see and feel not only a wafer of bread on our
tongue, we recognize the presence of Jesus, crucified and risen. And we
know that these truths revealed to us by the Holy Spirit give us the
power to transform our lives.

And yet? What does God's Spirit mean in our lives? Do we have a living
relationship with the Spirit as we do with God our Father and Christ
our brother? Do we pray to the Spirit, realizing that it is only he who
can bestow on us the mind of Christ that only he can reveal to us the
thoughts of the Father?

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Rollie Estrada. Eternal
rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he
and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- Birthday: Cesca Aguilar
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Patrick Lawrence Sy
- Birthday: Rosalia C. Kwong
- Wedding Anniversary: Dondi & Aileen Narciso
- 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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