Sunday, October 21, 2007
Monday 29th Week in Ordinary Time
Monday 29th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Brothers and sisters: Abraham did not doubt God's promise in unbelief;
rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully
convinced that what God had promised he was also able to do. That is
why it was credited to him as righteousness. But it was not for him
alone that it was written that it was credited to him; it was also for
us, to whom it will be credited, who believe in the one who raised
Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over for our
transgressions and was raised for our justification.
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, tell my brother to share
the inheritance with me." He replied to him, "Friend, who appointed me
as your judge and arbitrator?" Then he said to the crowd, "Take care
to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life
does not consist of possessions." Then he told them a parable. "There
was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked
himself, 'What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my
harvest?' And he said, 'This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my
barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and
other goods and I shall say to myself, "Now as for you, you have so
many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be
merry!"' But God said to him, 'You fool, this night your life will be
demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they
belong?' Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for
himself but is not rich in what matters to God."
When we make possessions, pleasure, or power, a top priority instead
of spiritual riches, we die to the joy of giving, the satisfaction of
self-discipline and the happiness of sharing. When we devote all our
time and energy to selfish pursuits, death merely discloses the
opportunities we have wasted and our poverty of good works. We do not
refer to the necessary savings needed to educate children or to
provide for the security of retirement. We refer to the excessive
savings that reflect a lack of trust in God, a basic greed in attitude
and an uncaring heart for the poor.
In the Eucharist we have an example of giving and sharing. Christ did
not institute the Eucharist to be stored up and left in our
tabernacles. He gave us the Eucharist as food to be distributed and
shared as a community. Jesus challenges us to reexamine our priorities
and the way we use our possessions. Instead of growing rich for
ourselves, Jesus invites us to grow rich in the sight of God.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Eligia G. Fernando
- Tom Diokno
- Aileen Dimapilis
- Pilar Cabarles
- Conchita Tan
... for the personal intentions of:
- Veronica Yap
- Fred and Nel de Leon
.. for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Dr. Isabel Sim
- 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: Eloisa L. Ledesma
- Birthday: Marilen G. Gaerlan
- Wedding Anniversary: Dionisio Chua Kang Hay & Soledad Ong Acero
... 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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