Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Wednesday 24th Week in Ordinary Time

September 20, 2006
Memorial, St. Andrew Kim Taegon, St Paul Chang Hasang & Companions,
Wednesday 24th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II

1 CORINTHIANS 12:31-13:13
Brothers and sisters: Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.
But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human
and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a
clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all
mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move
mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away
everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do
not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It is not
jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it
does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not
brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices
with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures all things. Love never fails. If there are prophecies,
they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if
knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we
prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass
away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child,
reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At
present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At
present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.
So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is

LUKE 7:31-35
Jesus said to the crowds: "To what shall I compare the people of this
generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the
marketplace and call to one another, 'We played the flute for you, but
you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.' For John the
Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, 'He
is possessed by a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking and
you said, 'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax
collectors and sinners.' But wisdom is vindicated by all her children."

Jesus complains in today's Gospel that the generation by which he's
surrounded is very much like little children, who want everyone else to
adapt to their momentary and transient moods. They want everyone to
dance to the tunes they play.

A perfect example of what Jesus is talking about is the attitude of his
generation towards John the Baptist and Jesus himself. John they see as
an extreme right-winger, whereas Jesus is at the far left of the
politico-religious spectrum. John's God would lay the axe to the root
of the tree, separate the chaff from the grain and toss the chaff into
the fire. Jesus' God wants to save all men and women, to bring the
wanderer home again, welcoming him back with a family celebration.
Neither of these God-images suits the God of Jesus' generation. The God
John announces, his generation find much too hard, too demanding. The
God Jesus proclaims they see as a hedonist.

St. John the Evangelist, and St. Paul have revealed to us the essence
of God. God is love, St. John wondrously tells us. From his love flow
all cultures and religions, all races and peoples in our world. From
his divine love flows the human love that gathers all men and women
into one, single family of God.

Today's first reading Paul describes love. He is in fact describing God
since, as John teaches us, God is love. God, therefore, and love are
patient, they are kind. There is in God and in love no jealousy, no
self-seeking, no anger. There is no limit to the power of God and of
love to endure.

We should pray, that all of God's children, no matter what their
culture or religion, will come to the realization that love is God's
essence, and allow this truth to motivate their behavior. We can then
truly be one family of God, no matter how else our God-images might
differ, one from the other.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the speedy recovery of Francis Cada.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Conching Tiong
- Birthday: Jose C. Bautista
- In Memoriam (+): Henry 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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