Thursday, October 04, 2007
FRIDAY 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
FRIDAY 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
During the Babylonian captivity, the exiles prayed: "Justice is with
the Lord, our God; and we today are flushed with shame, we men of
Judah and citizens of Jerusalem, that we, with our kings and rulers
and priests and prophets, and with our ancestors, have sinned in the
Lord's sight and disobeyed him. We have neither heeded the voice of
the Lord, our God, nor followed the precepts which the Lord set
before us. From the time the Lord led our ancestors out of the land
of Egypt until the present day, we have been disobedient to the Lord,
our God, and only too ready to disregard his voice. And the evils and
the curse that the Lord enjoined upon Moses, his servant, at the time
he led our ancestors forth from the land of Egypt to give us the land
flowing with milk and honey, cling to us even today. For we did not
heed the voice of the Lord, our God, in all the words of the prophets
whom he sent us, but each one of us went off after the devices of his
own wicked heart, served other gods, and did evil in the sight of the
Lord, our God."
Jesus said to them, "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For
if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and
Sidon, they would long ago have repented, sitting in sackcloth and
ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the
judgment than for you. And as for you, Capernaum, `Will you be
exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.' Whoever
listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And
whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me."
In today's Gospel Jesus accuses the people of Chorazin and Bethsaida
for their hardness of heart, for their indifference to the Gospel.
The Good News had reached them but they did not respond. Great
wonders had been done among them but they were not convinced. To
have the Good News presented to us is indeed a blessing from God. It
is a privilege. The Good News is the word of God addressed to us.
While there are millions of people who have accepted the Gospel
message, there are also quite a lot of people who, like the people of
Capernaum, have rejected it. Others have heard Christ's message but
failed to think deeply on it; they are indifferent about it. They
just don't want to think about sin and so they have no interest in
thinking about redemption.
As Christians, we have been blessed with the Good News. Do we really
try to learn all we can about it? To have heard God's word is a
great responsibility. A person will be judged according to what he
has learned. When a person receives God's word of wisdom - the Good
News of Salvation, it becomes for that person a gift, a great glory.
But each word of God that has been received carries with it a
responsibility. As Christians we need to give witness to his word.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara
- Eligia G. Fernando
- Marietta Climaco
- Carlos Alfred Gascon
- Nicolas Bautista
... for the personal intentions of:
- Guevara family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Arnold Abarquez & family
- Pe family
- Trinna and Noc
- Marie Charisse Gascon
... Good health: Mary Therese, Jesus Anthony and Joseph Emmanuel
... In Thanksgiving and safe travel: Jasmin
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Celia de Leon
- Remberto, Estrella, Florence & Danilo
- Fred del Rosario
- Col Samuel Dumaliang, Sr.
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: Patricia Dano Carolino
- Birthday: Teresita P. Cuevas
... 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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