Sunday, September 24, 2006


Monday 25th Week in Ordinary Time

September 25, 2006
Monday 25th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II

PROVERBS 3:27-34
Refuse no one the good on which he has a claim when it is in your power
to do it for him. Say not to your neighbor, "Go, and come again,
tomorrow I will give," when you can give at once. Plot no evil against
your neighbor, against one who lives at peace with you. Quarrel not
with a man without cause, with one who has done you no harm. Envy not
the lawless man and choose none of his ways: To the Lord the perverse
one is an abomination, but with the upright is his friendship. The
curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but the dwelling of
the just he blesses; When dealing with the arrogant, he is stern, but
to the humble he shows kindness.

LUKE 8:16-18
Jesus said to the crowd: "No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a
vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so
that those who enter may see the light. For there is nothing hidden
that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known
and come to light. Take care, then, how you hear. To anyone who has,
more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to
have will be taken away."

What is this lamp which, Jesus tells us in today's Gospel, we are to
put on a lamp stand? We are that lamp that is to be placed on a lamp
stand, radiating the light that is Christ to all people.

To radiate Christ and his values can be a perilous enterprise. Jesus
himself learned this from his own personal experience. Wealth, power,
well-being, status, respect: these were the powerful forces that
compelled the Pharisees to deny the truth and to press Pilate for
Jesus' death. These were the powerful forces that compelled Pilate to
deny Jesus justice.

Jesus once said he did not enter this world to judge it but to save it.
Though he did not judge the world, many saw his very way of life as a
judgment on their own weakness and malice. Therefore, shamed by his
strength and goodness, they destroyed the light that Jesus was.

"If they persecute me they will also persecute you," Jesus told his
disciples. He was speaking to us too. Persecution may fall far short of
the martyrdom that Jesus suffered and still be true persecution. It may
make us the object of anger, of ridicule, of snide patronizing
laughter, of exclusion from companionship. There are many forms that
persecution can take. It need not always be physically violent. A woman
or a man who can remain faithful to Christ and his values in the face
of withering laughter or painful rejection, or excommunication from his
friends is a person as brave as a martyr, as strong as Christ.

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 all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Wedding Anniversary: Johnny & Anna Uy
- In Memoriam (+): Peter Lim, Jr. (1927 -1997)
- 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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