Sunday, September 09, 2007
Monday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
Monday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Brothers and sisters: I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in
my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ
on behalf of his Body, which is the Church, of which I am a minister
in accordance with God's stewardship given to me to bring to
completion for you the word of God, the mystery hidden from ages and
from generations past. But now it has been manifested to his holy
ones, to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory of this
mystery among the Gentiles; it is Christ in you, the hope for glory.
It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone
with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. For
this I labor and struggle, in accord with the exercise of his power
working within me. For I want you to know how great a struggle I am
having for you and for those in Laodicea and all who have not seen me
face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged as they are brought
together in love, to have all the richness of assured understanding,
for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ, in whom are hidden
all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught, and
there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and
the Pharisees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the
sabbath so that they might discover a reason to accuse him. But he
realized their intentions and said to the man with the withered hand,
"Come up and stand before us." And he rose and stood there. Then Jesus
said to them, "I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?"
Looking around at them all, he then said to him, "Stretch out your
hand." He did so and his hand was restored. But they became enraged
and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
Today's Gospel reading gives us a good lesson in the spirit in which
God's laws are to be kept. The Scribes and the Pharisees were ready to
find a charge against Jesus if he cured the man with the withered hand
on the Sabbath. Jesus said: "I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the
Sabbath or evil? To preserve life, or destroy it?" Then he cured the
man though it was the Sabbath day.
God's Law should never be used as an excuse for not doing good.
Sticking to a rule is no excuse for failing in charity.
If we want to get anywhere in really keeping God's laws, we must learn
that love is the number one commandment. We love and act out of love
even when it is painful, when it makes us unpopular with our fellowmen
and with authorities. Love must be the first criterion in the
observance of all laws.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Matet Rey
- Lance & Audrey Olona
- Milagros Reyes
- Jose Lim and Bobby Pilar
- Catalina Coz
- Matet Rey
- Tom Diokno
... for the personal intentions of:
- Bro. Nanding
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Lily Dee
... 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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