Friday, August 31, 2007
SATURDAY 21ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
SATURDAY 21ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
1 THESSALONIANS 4:9-11
Brothers and sisters: On the subject of fraternal charity you have no
need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by
God to love one another. Indeed, you do this for all the brothers
throughout Macedonia. Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters,
to progress even more, and to aspire to live a tranquil life, to mind
your own affairs, and to work with your own hands, as we instructed
Jesus told his disciples this parable: "A man going on a journey
called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one
he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one-to each
according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who
received five talents went and traded with them, and made another
five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the
man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried
his master's money. After a long time the master of those servants
came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received
five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He
said, `Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.'
His master said to him, `Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great
responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.' Then the one who
had received two talents also came forward and said, `Master, you
gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.' His master said to
him, `Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were
faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master's joy.' Then the one who had received the one
talent came forward and said, `Master, I knew you were a demanding
person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you
did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in
the ground. Here it is back.' His master said to him in reply, `You
wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not
plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have
put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with
interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it
to the one with ten. For to everyone who has, more will be given and
he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has
will be taken away. And throw this useless servant into the darkness
outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'"
Why must a Christian put himself at risk? The parable in today's
Gospel doesn't elaborate but simple reflection on Christ's teaching
shows us why. At the heart of Christianity is Christ's commandment
to love God and neighbor. God will demand of those who claim to love
him that all aspects of their lives, be expressions of Christian
values. This will mean very often "take up your cross, die to
yourself, follow my son." Is there any limit to what God might
In this matter, as in all others, it is Christ who shows us the way.
The Son of God entered our world thereby putting himself in the
hands of sinful men, hoping that he might save us from our own
selfishness, from our self-centered values. His risk-taking paid
off, for where would we be had he not taken the risk?
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Julie Manzon, Delly David, Charlie Castro
- Enrique De Leon Navarro, Eufrocina Mendoza Navarro, Mary
... for the personal intentions of:
- Nor and Malou
- Marasigan and Gonzales family
- Ming Co
- Glenn & Julie Manzon, Jerico Ureta, Mary Ann Castro, Ma Fe
Castro, Churchill Barayoga, Buddy and Estillita Escamilla, Glenda,
Joel Bisco & family, Pat and Linda Manzon.
- Matet Rey
... In Thanksgiving:
- Manzon family, Barayoga family, Ureta family
- Gascon family
... Safe travel: Jennette
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ramona Hollmann
- Domingo Barayoga Sr, Lourdes Barayoga, Allan Escamilla, Janet
- Remberto, Estrella, Danilo and Florence
- Edgardo Diama
Eternal rest grant unto them and may 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: Rev. Fr. James D' Souza
- In Memoriam (+): Benson Dy Chua (Dec 15,1945-Sep 1,2000)
- In Memoriam (+): Ellen Young Dy (Aug 19, 1928 - Sep 1, 1998)
- In Memoriam (+): Marie Louise Cheng Fainsan
- In Memoriam (+): Tan Ching Pay
... 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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