Monday, October 08, 2007
Tuesday 27th Week in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 27th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: "Go to the
great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you."
Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was
a very important city--a visit required three days. On the first day,
Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: "Forty more days and
Nineveh will be overturned." The Ninevites believed God. They declared
a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on
sackcloth. When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his
throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and
sat down in the dust. Then he issued a proclamation in Nineveh: "By
the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let any man or beast,
herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let
man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on
God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows?
God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so
that we will not perish." When God saw what they did and how they
turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon
them the destruction he had threatened.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village
where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister
called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But
Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She
came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left
me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" "Martha, Martha,"
the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but
only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will
not be taken away from her."
Mary lives by the spirit, and Jesus declares this to be of first
importance. He is not, however, condemning Martha's hospitality. Jesus
knows Martha's faith. But there is a greater kind of hospitality, and
Mary has found it. It is in listening to the Lord, opening not only
our house but also our mind and heart to Jesus.
Most of us are, or have been, the Martha type. We rush around and work
long hours, perhaps for motives that are far less noble than Martha's.
Martha was working overtime to please Jesus, to take care of his
needs, to honor him. But what of our own motives? When we work long
hours, is it because we aim to increase our income so that we can
maintain a fine house and every comfort? We often forget that we can't
take our wealth with us beyond the grave.
In today's Gospel we see that perhaps Martha forgot that not only had
she invited Jesus but that Jesus had invited her. What kind of
hospitality do we give our guest if we leave them alone while we are
too busy to spend time with them?
If we want to get close to the Lord, we need to take the time to go
with Jesus, sit at his feet and listen to him. This is what Jesus
expects of each and every one of us.
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
- Bro. Romualdo Talavera
... for the personal intentions of:
- Guevara family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
... In Thanksgiving: successful operation of Catalina de Leon
... Birthday: Judy Peralta
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Aida Inocentes Capistrano
- Birthday: Regina S. Rodriguez
- In Memoriam (+): Sebastian Dee
... 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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