Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Thursday 24th Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial, St. Andrew Kim Taegon, priest & St. Paul Chang Hasang &
Thursday 24th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
1 TIMOTHY 4:12-16
Beloved: Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example
for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.
Until I arrive, attend to the reading, exhortation, and teaching. Do
not neglect the gift you have, which was conferred on you through the
prophetic word with the imposition of hands by the presbyterate. Be
diligent in these matters, be absorbed in them, so that your progress
may be evident to everyone. Attend to yourself and to your teaching;
persevere in both tasks, for by doing so you will save both yourself
and those who listen to you.
A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him, and he entered the
Pharisee's house and reclined at table. Now there was a sinful woman
in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the
Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind
him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears.
Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with
the ointment. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said
to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what
sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner."
Jesus said to him in reply, "Simon, I have something to say to you."
"Tell me, teacher," he said. "Two people were in debt to a certain
creditor; one owed five hundred days' wages and the other owed fifty.
Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both.
Which of them will love him more?" Simon said in reply, "The one, I
suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven." He said to him, "You have
judged rightly." Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do
you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me
water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped
them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased
kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head
with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her
many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the
one to whom little is forgiven, loves little." He said to her, "Your
sins are forgiven." The others at table said to themselves, "Who is
this who even forgives sins?" But he said to the woman, "Your faith
has saved you; go in peace."
With all the acts of war and hatred in the world today, peace
continues to be our most elusive goal. The words of Jesus to the
repentant woman sinner, "Go in peace," fall into our hearts like a
soothing balm. Even in the absence of harmony, riches, and security,
the peace that comes with God's saving grace through the forgiveness
of sins, no matter how grave they may be, inspires us, as it did the
penitent woman, to respond to God's love. Her gratitude for God's love
and forgiveness is depicted in sharp contrast to the lukewarm self-
righteous attitude of the Pharisee.
Today's Word reminds us that God's love for us is much greater than
our gravest sin. In the words of Fulton Sheen: "Everything can be
pardoned except the refusal to seek pardon." It is up to us to respond
to his infinite love, the way the woman sinner did. Then we, too, can
experience her indescribable peace of soul.
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
- Lisa Kardos, John Papetti III, Elizabeth Papetti
... for the personal intentions of:
- Guevara family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Marge, Ken, Ann, Pam, Ray and BE
- Bebot and Raffy
- Veronica Yap
... 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: Conching Tiong
- Birthday: Jose C. Bautista
- In Memoriam (+): Roman S. Bate
- In Memoriam (+): Henry Tang
... 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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