Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Thursday 29th Week in Ordinary Time
Thursday 29th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Brothers and sisters: I am speaking in human terms because of the
weakness of your nature. For just as you presented the parts of your
bodies as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness for lawlessness, so
now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. For
when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness. But
what profit did you get then from the things of which you are now
ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have
been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that
you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life. For the
wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
Jesus said to his disciples: "I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which
I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is
accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the
earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of
five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a
father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a
mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a
mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law
against her mother-in-law."
In our daily lives, how often do we become driven by own wishes-
slaves to our physical or spiritual desires and subject to our own
selfishness? In the process of confirming our wishes, some of us have
went astray only to suffer later because of these consequences and
lose control of righteousness that leads us to be slaves of sin. Yet
how many more of us do not fully realize just what sin entails.
In our own communities, we probably have met people who are very
active with evangelization. Whenever they have a chance to talk about
God and his words, they give us the feeling that the "word" ignites
them and sets them "on fire". They exude characteristics of ardent
love, sincerity and full of the faithfulness and love of God. The fire
that burned within them seems to spread to all who listen. But having
that fire within us is not enough. We must also remember that God is
the source of that fire, through him we continue to be "burning" with
faith and use that energy to channel that faith to others.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Eligia G. Fernando
- Lisa Loh
- Marie Charisse Gascon
... for the personal intentions of:
- Christian Cagulada
- Jorgini Marie Cagulada
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Sister Maria Yonson, DC
- Isidora, Alfonso, Jovita, Alfonsa, Alipio, Maria, Candido, Louie
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: Sheryl Rung Sheh Lim
... 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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