Sunday, October 07, 2007
Monday 27th Week in Ordinary Time
Monday 27th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
JONAH 1:1-2:1-2, 11
This is the word of the LORD that came to Jonah, son of Amittai: "Set
out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it; their
wickedness has come up before me." But Jonah made ready to flee to
Tarshish away from the LORD. He went down to Joppa, found a ship going
to Tarshish, paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to
Tarshish, away from the LORD. The LORD, however, hurled a violent wind
upon the sea, and in the furious tempest that arose the ship was on
the point of breaking up. Then the mariners became frightened and each
one cried to his god. To lighten the ship for themselves, they threw
its cargo into the sea. Meanwhile, Jonah had gone down into the hold
of the ship, and lay there fast asleep. The captain came to him and
said, "What are you doing asleep? Rise up, call upon your God! Perhaps
God will be mindful of us so that we may not perish." Then they said
to one another, "Come, let us cast lots to find out on whose account
we have met with this misfortune." So they cast lots, and thus singled
out Jonah. "Tell us," they said, "what is your business? Where do you
come from? What is your country, and to what people do you belong?"
Jonah answered them, "I am a Hebrew, I worship the LORD, the God of
heaven, who made the sea and the dry land." Now the men were seized
with great fear and said to him, "How could you do such a thing!- They
knew that he was fleeing from the LORD, because he had told them.-
They asked, "What shall we do with you, that the sea may quiet down
for us?" For the sea was growing more and more turbulent. Jonah said
to them, "Pick me up and throw me into the sea, that it may quiet down
for you; since I know it is because of me that this violent storm has
come upon you." Still the men rowed hard to regain the land, but they
could not, for the sea grew ever more turbulent. Then they cried to
the LORD: "We beseech you, O LORD, let us not perish for taking this
man's life; do not charge us with shedding innocent blood, for you,
LORD, have done as you saw fit." Then they took Jonah and threw him
into the sea, and the sea's raging abated. Struck with great fear of
the LORD, the men offered sacrifice and made vows to him. But the LORD
sent a large fish, that swallowed Jonah; and Jonah remained in the
belly of the fish three days and three nights. From the belly of the
fish Jonah prayed to the LORD, his God. Then the LORD commanded the
fish to spew Jonah upon the shore.
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said,
"Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him,
"What is written in the law? How do you read it?" He said in reply,
"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your
being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your
neighbor as yourself." He replied to him, "You have answered
correctly; do this and you will live." But because he wished to
justify himself, he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus
replied, "A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem
to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-
dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw
him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the
place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a
Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the
sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds
and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him
to an inn, and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver
coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, 'Take care
of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay
you on my way back.' Which of these three, in your opinion, was
neighbor to the robbers' victim?" He answered, "The one who treated
him with mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
What are our excuses for not helping those in need? A lack of time? A
lack of money? Have we written others off a people undeserving and
unworthy of our time, contributions or efforts? Jesus makes it very
clear that the help we give must be practical and not consist merely
in feeling sorry for others. Our faith clearly says to us that we must
"Go and do the same," for a faith without deeds is dead.
Love of neighbor has to be above all a positive and practical service
to everyone. Our support for others must overflow with true caring and
esteem that looks to serve our neighbor in every way possible. We
should learn to carry our neighbor's load; pray that their errors will
be revealed to them; ponder their qualities and virtues; and share
their successes and failures. Both good and evil spring from the
heart. So we should make an effort to foster the kindness of heart
that makes us think and speak well of others always. Let us ask Jesus
today to make us instruments of his peace grounded in authentic Gospel
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
- Carlos Alfred Gascon
- Nicolas Bautista
- Bro. Romualdo Talavera
- Tom Diokno
... for the personal intentions of:
- Guevara family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Trinna and Noc
- Marie Charisse Gascon
... In Thanksgiving: successful operation of Catalina de Leon
... 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: Monina F. Bernejo
- Wedding Anniversary: Carl & Grace Chua
... for world peace and reconciliation.
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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