Tuesday, November 14, 2006



NOVEMBER 15, 2006

TITUS 3:1-7
Beloved: Remind them to be under the control of magistrates and
authorities, to be obedient, to be open to every good enterprise.
They are to slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate, exercising
all graciousness toward everyone. For we ourselves were once
foolish, disobedient, deluded, slaves to various desires and
pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating
one another. But when the kindness and generous love of God our
savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done but
because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and
renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he richly poured out on us through
Jesus Christ our savior, so that we might be justified by his grace
and become heirs in hope of eternal life.

LUKE 17:11-19
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through
Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met
him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice,
saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!" And when he saw them, he
said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." As they were going they
were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of
Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in
reply, "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?" Then
he said to him, "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."

One of the things many of us were taught as children is to
say "thank you." We are trained to thank those who give us gifts or
to those who have helped us during times of need. We say thank you
to those who open the door for us or those who offer us food at a

Hence, we may find today's Gospel puzzling. We say thank you to
many people and no doubt thank God in our prayers, so we do not need
to be reminded to be thankful, do we?

Unfortunately, the habit of saying thank you to many of us is just
that - a habit. Thanking to some of us has become a formality, a
form of etiquette. Perhaps we can ask ourselves, how heartfelt is
our gratitude to those who have done service that benefited us?

We can go one step further: how heartfelt is our thanksgiving to

Perhaps we can try a simple exercise. Let us find ten things in
which we are grateful to God and write them down. Reflect on them
and let's ask ourselves how we have benefited. Perhaps then we may
realize what Jesus is teaching us today.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the personal intentions of Stefanie.
- for the recovery of 11 year old Daniel Sheehan
- Birthday: Veneranda F. Yap
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Nanette Q. Sia
- 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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