Monday, October 16, 2006


Feast, St. Luke, evangelist

October 18 2006
Feast, St. Luke, evangelist

2 TIMOTHY 4:10-17B
Beloved: Demas, enamored of the present world, deserted me and went to
Thessalonica, Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Luke is the
only one with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is helpful to
me in the ministry. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come,
bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas, the papyrus rolls, and
especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me a great
deal of harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. You too
be on guard against him, for he has strongly resisted our preaching. At
my first defense no one appeared on my behalf, but everyone deserted
me. May it not be held against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave
me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and
all the Gentiles might hear it.

LUKE 10:1-9
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of
him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to
them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the
master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your
way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money
bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever
house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this household.' If a peaceful
person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will
return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered
to you, for the laborer deserves payment. Do not move about from one
house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat
what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, 'The
Kingdom of God is at hand for you.'"

The Gospel today speaks of Jesus sending his disciples out on a
mission. It is appropriate for this feast of St. Luke, because Luke,
especially in the Acts of the Apostles, describes the early missionary
and apostolic experiences of the infant Church and the zeal of her
members in bringing the Good News of Jesus to all over the Roman
Empire. Luke was called to travel as St. Paul's companion, recording
the birth of Christianity and suffering martyrdom in Achaia shortly
after Paul's death. We, too, are called, each in a different way, to go
and bear fruit, to enter a relationship of love with Jesus, as faithful
and active disciples.

The words of Jesus still apply. Are we willing to be bold in following
Jesus? Are we willing to prepare the way of the Lord?

Today, as we commemorate St. Luke's dedication to Christ and his desire
to proclaim the Gospel, let us join in singing the psalm that he and
his companions sang long ago: "My mouth will speak the praise of the
Lord, and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever."

We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the personal intentions of Ma. Fatima.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Rose Siaco
- In Thanksgiving: Tyrone & Letty Tang
- Wedding Anniversary: Garrick & Angeline Go
- In Memoriam (+):Sergio V. Lim, Sr.
- 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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