Sunday, November 05, 2006



NOVEMBER 6, 2006

Brothers and sisters: If there is any encouragement in Christ, any
solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and
mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same
love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Do nothing out of
selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as
more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own
interests, but also everyone for those of others.

LUKE 14:12-14
On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading
Pharisees. He said to the host who invited him, "When you hold a
lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or
sisters or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they
may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a
banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed
indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you
will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

In the Gospel last Friday, Jesus is at dinner in the house of a
leading Pharisee. It's the Sabbath. Jesus violates the Sabbath law
by curing a man afflicted with dropsy. Then in Saturday's Gospel
Jesus is still at the same meal. He calls the attention of the
diners to the game they were playing, all of them maneuvering to be
placed in seats of honor. In today's Gospel Jesus advises his host
to invite to his parties not the "right" people, but the outcasts of

Whenever Jesus acts, he acts because it's the right thing to do,
never simply because it's the politically correct thing to do. One
thing you can never accuse Jesus of is "political correctness." In
the earlier mentioned Gospel passages, the politically correct thing
for him to have done was, not to have cured on the Sabbath, not to
have ridiculed the Pharisees' honor-seeking game, not to have urged
the Pharisees to invite the outcasts of society to their parties.
Jesus' behavior was never determined by political correctness.

Political correctness can limit the degree to which we can become
Christ-like. It can prevent us from reaching out as Jesus did to
those people whose local or family or class culture insists are
socially unacceptable. Pride is an insistent accomplice of
political correctness and is a powerful motivating force urging us
to never associate, for instance, with former prisoners, or only
with those who are "cultured," wealthy and powerful.

Jesus' example provides us with a daunting challenge to make
ourselves available to all men and women, no matter how badly
society has treated them or how badly they have treated society or

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the healing and speedy recovery of Myra.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of my Mom Visitacion De La Pena
(2nd death anniversary)
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Arthuro Escamilla. Eternal
rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he
and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- 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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