Sunday, September 17, 2006


Monday 24th Week in Ordinary Time

September 18, 2006
Monday 24th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II

1 CORINTHIANS 11:17-26, 33
In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings
do more harm than good. In the first place, I hear that when you come
together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent
I believe it. No doubt there have to be differences among you to show
which of you have God's approval. When you come together, it is not the
Lord's Supper you eat, for as you eat, each of you goes ahead without
waiting for anybody else. One remains hungry, another gets drunk. Don't
you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God
and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I
praise you for this? Certainly not! For I received from the Lord what I
also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed,
took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This
is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the
same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new
covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of
me." For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim
the Lord's death until he comes. So then, my brothers, when you come
together to eat, wait for each other.

LUKE 7:1-10
When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people,
he entered Capernaum. There a centurion's servant, whom his master
valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus
and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal
his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him,
"This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and
has built our synagogue." So Jesus went with them. He was not far from
the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't
trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.
That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But
say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man
under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, `Go,' and he
goes; and that one, `Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, `Do
this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him,
and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have
not found such great faith even in Israel." Then the men who had been
sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

The Roman centurion belonged to a culture that looked upon a slave as a
tool to be used and, when no longer useful, to be discarded. Yet this
Roman is so deeply concerned about his slave's ill health that he risks
his reputation among his fellow Romans by showing deference to and
requesting a Jewish itinerant preacher to cure the slave.

Romans, particularly those who lived in Palestine, for the most part
despised the Jewish religion and the Jewish people. The centurion,
however, had showed the esteem in which he held both the people of
Capernaum and their religion by building a synagogue for them. And he
also showed respect to Jesus, even though Jesus was a very young
itinerant preacher from the backwater town of Nazareth, out of which
even Jews thought no good could come. The centurion did not invite
Jesus into his home because he knew this would render Jesus ritually
unclean, unable therefore to participate in Jewish religious services.

This pagan is a model for us Christians. It's a pity, isn't it, that
love within us, which hopefully is a Christian love, does not teach us
to overcome the prejudices current in our day and to reach out to
people who, for whatever reason, no one cares for or respects. The
centurion unwittingly gives witness to Christ's universal love, from
which no person, no class of persons can be excluded.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the enlightenment, wisdom and knowledge of Jan Michael B.
- for the special intentions of Balingit's family.
- for the speedy recovery of Fr. Maximo Barbero, S.J.
- for the speedy recovery of Fr. Santiago Leon, S.J.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam (+): Fr. Juan Andechaga, S.J.
- 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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