Wednesday, September 12, 2007
THURSDAY 23RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, BISHOP & DOCTOR
THURSDAY 23RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
Brothers and sisters: Put on, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a
grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you
also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of
perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the
peace into which you were also called in one Body. And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you
teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual
songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in
word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to God the Father through him.
Jesus said to his disciples: "To you who hear I say, love your
enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one
cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes
your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who
asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand
it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you
love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners
love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to
you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you
lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is
that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same
amount. But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend
expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will
be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the
ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as also your Father is
merciful. "Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning
and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give
and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together,
shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the
measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to
Christ's Gospel today to "love your enemy" is one of his unique
sayings. It has no parallel in biblical or other Jewish literature
of the period. But why should Jesus make such an incredible
statement? Perhaps the answer lies in these words of Jesus: "Be you
perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect." That is why we must
love our enemy. We have to do more than is humanly expected and
imitate our heavenly Father, who loves both the good and the bad
But how is such a love possible? An important distinction is
necessary. Love is essentially an act of the will and not a
feeling. We don't have to experience nice feelings about our
enemies, but we have to will at least their healing and salvation.
On the cross Jesus showed how far we may have to go in loving our
enemies. As he hung on the cross in agony, he prayed: "Father
forgive them for they do not no what they are doing". What Christ
is saying is that we should in some way love those who hurt us, at
least by willing their highest good, that we should take some
initiative to reach out to them in forgiveness, instead of seeking
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, Linda Manzon, Romarie
- Carmen Gonzales
- Damaso Guevara
- Jose Lim
... for the personal intentions of:
- Glenn & Julie Manzon, Jerico Ureta, Mary Ann Castro, Ma Fe Castro,
Churchhill Barayoga, Buddy and Estillita Escamilla, Glenda, Joel
Bisco & family, Pat & Linda Manzon
- Guevara family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
... In Thanksgiving: Julie Manzon, Manzon Family, Barayoga Family,
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Domingo Barayoga Sr & Lourdes Barayoga, Allan Escamilla, Janet
- Benito Tan
- Bobby Pilar
- Macario C. Yu
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: Bing Courtney
- Birthday: Ed Versoza
- Birthday: Lorenzo Tan
- In Memoriam (+): Artemio V. Reyes
- In Memoriam (+): Charlie Chongson Jr. (Apr 5, 1954 - Sep 13, 1975)
... 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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