Monday, November 06, 2006



NOVEMBER 7, 2006

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being
in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to
be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a
servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance
as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even
death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and
gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of
Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the
earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.

LUKE 14:15-24
When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to
Jesus, "Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom
of God." Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet
and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his
servant to tell those who had been invited, `Come, for everything is
now ready.' "But they all alike began to make excuses. The first
said, `I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please
excuse me.' "Another said, `I have just bought five yoke of oxen,
and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.' "Still another
said, `I just got married, so I can't come.' "The servant came back
and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became
angry and ordered his servant, `Go out quickly into the streets and
alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind
and the lame.' "`Sir,' the servant said, `what you ordered has been
done, but there is still room.' "Then the master told his servant,
`Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so
that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those men who
were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'"

God wants his house to be full. As St. Paul affirmed and as the
Church's teaching has so frequently re-affirmed, God desires
everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. Such
is the goodness of God who created the human person to know him,
love him and serve him in this life, and to enjoy his presence
forever in the life to come.

God gives the possibility of final salvation to all people. And by
his eternal design, he has chosen us, his beloved, to bring the
message of salvation to all people. Consequently, those of us
striving to live our lives as committed Christians must take to
heart St Paul's own concern: "`Everyone who calls on the name of the
Lord shall be saved.' But how are they to call on one in whom they
have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they
have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to
proclaim him?"

During his public ministry, Jesus sent out the twelve apostles. He
later sent out the seventy-two disciples. Furthermore, the all-
important encounter with Jesus, as portrayed in the Gospel
narratives, engenders excitement and the desire to go and find
others who might share in that experience. Andrew goes and finds
Peter. Philip goes and finds Nathaniel. The man from Gadara, once
freed from the oppression of demons, goes and tells everyone in his
town what Jesus did for him. The Samaritan woman goes back into her
village of Sychar and tells everyone to come and see a man who told
her everything she ever did. An authentic encounter with Jesus
impels us to bring others to him. And just as with his disciples,
Jesus sends each one of us to go and work for the establishment of
his Kingdom. The mission entrusted to the apostles on Ascension
Thursday: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations!" is a
mission entrusted, not only to the apostles and their successors,
but to the whole Church and to each and every member incorporated
into the Church through baptism. Without our collaboration, God's
house will not be full.

Jesus is depending on each one of us to be his voice, his message,
his hands, his feet, his faithful collaborator in bringing the truth
of the Gospel to people everywhere. To be true Christians, it is
necessary that we be active apostles, never losing an opportunity
that Jesus give us to share the message of truth with all those
around us. We can begin today to spread the Good News of Jesus
Christ by making a positive effort to imbue our home or workplace
with Christian goodness, by word and action.

We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Matthew Ng
- Birthday: Jovita C. Sy
- In Memoriam (+): Rodolfo B. Santiago
- 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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