Friday, September 15, 2006


Memorial, St. Cornelius & St. Cyprian, martyrs

September 16, 2006
Memorial, St. Cornelius & St. Cyprian, martyrs
Saturday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II

1 CORINTHIANS 10:14-22
Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I speak to sensible
people; judge for yourselves what I say. Is not the cup of thanksgiving
for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is
not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?
Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all
partake of the one loaf. Consider the people of Israel: Do not those
who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? Do I mean then that a
sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?
No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and
I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the
cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in
both the Lord's table and the table of demons. Are we trying to arouse
the Lord's jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

LUKE 6:43-49
"No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from
thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out
of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things
out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his
heart his mouth speaks. "Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,' and do not
do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and
hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a
house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood
came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it
was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them
into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a
foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and
its destruction was complete."

The Lord brings his Sermon on the Plain to a close. He says "my words
(i.e., the words I've spoken in this sermon) are a solid foundation on
which to build your house. Build your house on these my words and no
force will succeed in knocking it down, will succeed even in shaking

So it is by the words of the sermon that we are to live our lives. This
is what discipleship is: taking Jesus' words seriously and putting them
into practice. Being convinced of the truth of Jesus words, recognizing
the wisdom in them is spiritually a very healthy state of mind. But
this sort of mental or emotional acceptance of Jesus' words is not
discipleship. Discipleship expects that Jesus' words be lived out, that
they dictate behavior.

The problem, though, is that many of the words Jesus spoke in this
sermon are outrageous: "Blest are you poor; blest are you who hunger
and weep; blest will you be when men hate, ostracize and insult you for
my sake." "Love your enemies" ... "Do good to those who hate you" ...
"If someone steals your coat, give him your shirt as well" ... "Give to
all who beg from you" ... "Be compassionate as your Father is

It's hard to believe. Is Jesus really serious about this? These
outrageous statements: are they to be the foundation on which we're to
build our house, that is, by which we are to live our lives? It's hard
to believe: Jesus is really serious about this.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the continued recovery of Tito Cale and Abbie
- for the personal intentions of Trinna
- for the speedy recovery of Jane Ty.
- In Thanksgiving for prayer granted to Andrew
- for the special guidance of Ma. Fatima Nona
- for the special intentions of JR
- In Thanksgiving: Fely and Ernie
- for the healing of Ernie
- for the speedy recovery of Erwin.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- 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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