Sunday, November 12, 2006



NOVEMBER 13, 2006

TITUS 1:1-9
Paul, a slave of God and Apostle of Jesus Christ for the sake of the
faith of God's chosen ones and the recognition of religious truth,
in the hope of eternal life that God, who does not lie, promised
before time began, who indeed at the proper time revealed his word
in the proclamation with which I was entrusted by the command of God
our savior, to Titus, my true child in our common faith: grace and
peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our savior. For this
reason I left you in Crete so that you might set right what remains
to be done and appoint presbyters in every town, as I directed you,
on condition that a man be blameless, married only once, with
believing children who are not accused of licentiousness or
rebellious. For a bishop as God's steward must be blameless, not
arrogant, not irritable, not a drunkard, not aggressive, not greedy
for sordid gain, but hospitable, a lover of goodness, temperate,
just, holy, and self-controlled, holding fast to the true message as
taught so that he will be able both to exhort with sound doctrine
and to refute opponents.

LUKE 17:1-6
Jesus said to his disciples, "Things that cause sin will inevitably
occur, but woe to the one through whom they occur. It would be
better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be
thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones
to sin. Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if
he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day
and returns to you seven times saying, `I am sorry,' you should
forgive him." And the Apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our
faith." The Lord replied, "If you have faith the size of a mustard
seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, `Be uprooted and planted
in the sea,' and it would obey you."

Today in our Church community we see many people who give themselves
generously in service to the Church. In the first reading Paul
lists the qualities that must characterize men chosen to be
presbyters or bishops in the local churches in his day. We might
well expect many of these qualities to describe also the men and
women who, in many different ways, aspire to serve the Church
today. We might hope surely that they would be "hospitable and
lovers of goodness; steady, just, holy and self-controlled." Above
all, they must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been
taught, in order that they might encourage others and refute those
who oppose it.

If you were on a search committee in your church and were
responsible for finding people who possess these leadership
qualifications, would you yourself satisfy the criteria?

In the Gospel Jesus warns his disciples not to be a person who
causes others to sin. We are to be alert and watch ourselves lest
we engage in such activity. While we are not to judge others, we
still should not be blind when our brother sins. We are called to
rebuke him. But more than that, we are to be able to forgive him
when he repents. In order to forgive others constantly, we must
pray as the disciples did, "Increase our faith!" Then like the tiny
mustard seed we might be able to accomplish what seemed to be

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Elvie Nocom
- 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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