Saturday, August 11, 2007
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - C
The night of the passover was known beforehand to our fathers, that,
with sure knowledge of the oaths inthey put their faith, they might
have courage. Your people awaited the salvation of the just and the
destruction of their foes. For when you punished our adversaries, in
this you glorified us whom you had summoned. For in secret the holy
children of the good were offering sacrifice and putting into effect
with one accord the divine institution.
HEBREWS 11:1-2, 8-12
Brothers and sisters: Faith is the realization of what is hoped for
and evidence of things not seen. Because of it the ancients were well
attested. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a
place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not
knowing where he was to go. By faith he sojourned in the promised land
as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs
of the same promise; for he was looking forward to the city with
foundations, whose architect and maker is God. By faith he received
power to generate, even though he was past the normal age --and Sarah
herself was sterile-- for he thought that the one who had made the
promise was trustworthy. So it was that there came forth from one man,
himself as good as dead, descendants as numerous as the stars in the
sky and as countless as the sands on the seashore.
Jesus said to his disciples: "Gird your loins and light your lamps and
be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready
to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those
servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to
you, he will gird himself, have the servants recline at table, and
proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third
watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when
the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son
of Man will come."
"Light your lamps ... You also must be prepared, for an hour you do
not expect, the Son of Man will come." Although Jesus is referring
here to his Second coming, theologians assure us that his words may be
taken in two senses.
In the narrow sense they refer to the end of the world. In the wider
sense, however, they refer to the end of our life. And it is for the
end of our life - or our death - that we must be especially prepared.
All we know is that it will happen. We will not live forever.
Today's Gospel invites us to ask ourselves, "If we were to die
tonight, how ready would we be to face God?" And if our answer to that
question leaves something to be desired, then we can be sure that
Jesus is speaking to us in a special way through today's Gospel.
He is saying: "Be like servants, who wait for their master's
return ... You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not
expect, the Son of Man will come."
That's the message that Jesus gives us in today's Gospel. That's the
message that Jesus wants us to take to heart in this liturgy.
In this passage from James Weldon Johnson's book, "God's Trombones"
Johnson describes the death of a woman who took to heart Jesus' words
in today's Gospel and was prepared for death when it came. Johnson
says of the woman:
"[Sister Caroline] saw what we couldn't see; she saw Old Death.
She saw Old Death coming like a falling star.
But death didn't frighten Sister Caroline;
He looked to her like a welcome friend.
And she whispered to us: 'I'm going home.' And she smiled and closed
Sister Caroline was ready to go home.
Let's close with a prayer:
Lord, help us see our lives as you see them
And as we ourselves will see them at the Last Judgment.
Help us see those areas in our lives that need improving or changing.
Help us take those steps necessary to bring our lives into accord with
the life you had in mind for us when you created us. Amen.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Clarise Welch, Charlie Castro, Delly David, Julie Manzon,
Glenda Bisco, Linda Manzon, Abelino Gutual
- Kat Vidanes
- Benjamin Reyes
- Ma. Theresa R. Tuliao
- Tyrone Baun
- Cesar Gomez
- Louie, Loy, Lita, Aileen, Dennis
- Marge, Ann, Ken, Ann of IL, Helen, Cecelia, Ken
... for the personal intentions and guidance of:
- Ashley Joy Barayoga, Julie and Glenn Manzon, Domingo Barayoga
Jr., Churchill Barayoga, Mary Ann Castro
- Marlon Llamas
- Camille Torres
- Guevara Family
- Nona, Nerissa, Rogelio, Cheryl
... In Thanksgiving:
- Mr. & Mrs. Ivan & Cheng Welch, Manzon Family, Barayoga
Family,Escamilla Family, Vergara Family, Bisco Family, Castro Family,
De Castro Family
- Jose Rigor, Feliciana, Ernesto and Maria Fatima
... Birthday: Evelyn "Beth" S. Cosico
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Domingo Barayoga, Sr, Lourdes Barayoga, Allan Escamilla
- Ms. Arceli Dominique Pasague, Ligaya Agnote, Rosario
Malagueno, Regina M. Lopez
- Rafael Lalana
- Marciana Guevara
- Ricardo King
- Charlie Cheng
Eternal rest grant unto them and perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Enrique G. Cunanan
- Birthday: Francisco Hing
- In Memoriam (+): Rodolfo T. Bermejo
... 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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