Monday, October 15, 2007
Tuesday 28th Week in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 28th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Brothers and sisters: I am not ashamed of the Gospel. It is the power
of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and
then Greek. For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith
to faith; as it is written, "The one who is righteous by faith will
live." The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against
every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their
wickedness. For what can be known about God is evident to them,
because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the
world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have
been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a
result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not
accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain
in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened. While
claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the
immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or
of four-legged animals or of snakes. Therefore, God handed them over
to impurity through the lusts of their hearts for the mutual
degradation of their bodies. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie
and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is
blessed forever. Amen.
After Jesus had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He
entered and reclined at table to eat. The Pharisee was amazed to see
that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal. The
Lord said to him, "Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside
of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.
You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But
as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean
Who is pure before God? In the minds of the Pharisees, the person who
is pure is he who observes all the ritual regulations minutely. In the
mind of Jesus, the person who is pure is the one whose conscience is
pure. What dirties a person is not dust but greed and wickedness.
Jesus opposes the exterior religion of the Pharisees to the religion
of the heart, which is pleasing to God.
In the entire bible, the heart stands for the deepest core of a
person. This is what really matters in the eyes of God. God is not
only the maker of the visible creatures outside of us, but also and
chiefly, the maker of the human heart, the maker of our consciences.
As Jesus himself invites us, we should become more and more attentive
to what happens deep down inside us.
When Jesus refused to wash his hands in the Pharisee's house, Jesus
intended to stress this truth, namely, giving, great importance to
external purity is a total misunderstanding of God. What matters in
the sight of God is interior purity. But what is this interior purity?
Interior purity is the fruit of our love for others. Our heart becomes
pure through brotherly love, through caring and concern for others.
The fundamental option of a person is love.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Eligia G. Fernando
- Conchita Tan
- Damaso Guevara
- Carmelita Dayuta Guarico
- Ma. Lourdes Gascon
... for the personal intentions of:
- Lanne Mulat
- Guevara family
... In Thanksgiving: Frances Marie Gonzalez
... Safe Travel: Charisse Gascon
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Lilian D Kahn
- Remberto, Estrella, Florence and Danilo
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: Atty. Batch Galarrita
- In Memoriam (+): Felix A. Estrada
- In Memoriam (+): Paciencia P. Reyes
... 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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