Thursday, October 18, 2007
FRIDAY 28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
FRIDAY 28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
Brothers and sisters: What can we say that Abraham found, our
ancestor according to the flesh? Indeed, if Abraham was justified on
the basis of his works, he has reason to boast; but this was not so
in the sight of God. For what does the Scripture say? Abraham
believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. A worker's
wage is credited not as a gift, but as something due. But when one
does not work, yet believes in the one who justifies the ungodly, his
faith is credited as righteousness. So also David declares the
blessedness of the person to whom God credits righteousness apart
from works: Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven and whose
sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not
At that time: So many people were crowding together that they were
trampling one another underfoot. Jesus began to speak, first to his
disciples, "Beware of the leaven-that is, the hypocrisy-of the
Pharisees. "There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said
in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have
whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. I
tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but
after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid
of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes,
I tell you, be afraid of that one. Are not five sparrows sold for two
small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even
the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You
are worth more than many sparrows."
Perhaps we sometimes think that present-day martyrs are the
missionaries in places like Africa and China, who were arrested and
persecuted because of their beliefs. We may assume that martyrdom is
limited to those with religious vocation while we, as ordinary
Christians, only need to pray and perform good deeds to become ardent
followers of God.
In our lives as Christians we may face some form of persecution
because of our religious beliefs. Persecution may not necessarily be
in the form of an arrest warrant or a physical assault. It also
occurs in the form of jokes, indirect insults, and atheistic
challenges against our Christian beliefs.
Let us take up the challenge to defend our faith, not only because it
is our duty as Christians, but also because we love him, our
convictions and our faith in him.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Eligia G. Fernando
- Erlinda Bonoan
- Bobby Melchor
- Aileen Dimapilis
- Pilar Cabarles
... for the personal intentions of:
- Rosemarie Reyes Chua
- Benison Chua
- Arnold and Bernardine Abarquez
- Adelino Bonoan Jr and family
- Veronica Yap
- Fred and Nel de Leon
... In Memoriam 2nd Death Anniversary: Felimon Budomo
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... Birthday: Allan Balilla
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Dr. Isabel Sim, MD
- John Copengco
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: Jesus Lucas Jr.
- Birthday: Jill Acaylar-Dano
- Birthday: Rose Malillin
- Birthday: Victor Yao
- In Memoriam (+): Roque S. Chuakay Sr.
... 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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