Friday, October 19, 2007
Saturday 28th Week in Ordinary Time
Saturday 28th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
ROMANS 4:13, 16-18
It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the
promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the
righteousness that comes by faith. Therefore, the promise comes by
faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all
Abraham's offspring--not only to those who are of the law but also to
those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As
it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our
father in the sight of God, in whom he believed--the God who gives
life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of
many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your
"I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will
also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me
before men will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who
speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who
blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. "When you are
brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about
how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy
Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say."
Today's word tells us of the unforgivable sin, which is against the
Holy Spirit. It is this same sin - blasphemy - that Jesus spoke about
when the scribes and Pharisees attributed his cures to the devil,
instead of to God. How easy it is for us, too, to fall into the trap
of losing the ability to recognize God's truth by repeatedly closing
our eyes to him. Eventually, the point is reached when sin is no
longer recognized as evil.
Our contemporary experience bears witness to the sad state our world
is in today. Abortion is justified as a "matter of choice,"
pornography as "freedom of expression." Anything that gives pleasure
and makes one happy is "good." Jesus referred to this as the
"unforgivable sin" because the sinner has lost all sense of sin and
goodness and has hardened his mind and heart to God - a state which
precludes repentance and forgiveness.
May our minds and hearts, through the action of the Holy Spirit, never
lose grasp of God's truth.
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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