Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Wednesday 24th Week in Ordinary Time

September 19, 2007
Wednesday 24th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

1 TIMOTHY 3:14-16
Beloved: I am writing you, although I hope to visit you soon. But if I
should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of
God, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation
of truth. Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion, Who was
manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the spirit, seen by angels,
proclaimed to the Gentiles, believed in throughout the world, taken up
in glory.

LUKE 7:31-35
Jesus said to the crowds: "To what shall I compare the people of this
generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the
marketplace and call to one another, 'We played the flute for you, but
you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.' For John
the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said,
'He is possessed by a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking
and you said, 'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax
collectors and sinners.' But wisdom is vindicated by all her

In today's Gospel Jesus lashes out against the perversity of the
leaders of the Jewish people. Perversity is part of pride. Perversity
insists on doing our own will. It is not concerned with the fact that
someone else may have a better plan or that our own way is obviously
wrong. It is the opposite the truth and remains that way.

How many uncorrected faults do we carry within ourselves? How often
have we been reminded about them? Instead of being grateful for the
reminder, perhaps we even find reason to defend the fault. Christ
calls us to a holy life in order that we may more easily attain
perfection. Christ compared the people of his time to the changeable
moods of children.

The people treated Christ in such a way. They claimed that John the
Baptist was too strict. Yet they protested about Christ who did not
fast with his disciples and who even cured on the Sabbath. They wanted
cures but they also wanted the overly strict observance of the Sabbath
even more than they wanted the cure.

Perhaps many of us are like them. We refuse advice and spiritual help.
We fail to listen seriously and then complain because we are
corrected. If there is no correction, we say we are neglected or that
no one cares about us. We need to be honest enough and sincere to do
all that God points out to us, even if he tells us his will through
other people.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara
- Lilian Kahn and Ginny S
- Catalina de Leon
- Tom Diokno
- Ely,
- Ramon Ty
... for the personal intentions of:
- Guevara family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Marge, Ken, Ann, Pam, Ray and BE
- Bebot and Raffy
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Wenceslao L. Reyes
- Gabriel Jose Maria R. Sevilla
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: Lourdes G. Choa
... 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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