Friday, October 26, 2007
SATURDAY 29TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
SATURDAY 29TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
Brothers and sisters: Now there is no condemnation for those who are
in Christ Jesus. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus
has freed you from the law of sin and death. For what the law,
weakened by the flesh, was powerless to do, this God has done: by
sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for the sake
of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous decree
of the law might be fulfilled in us, who live not according to the
flesh but according to the spirit. For those who live according to
the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who
live according to the spirit with the things of the spirit. The
concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life
and peace. For the concern of the flesh is hostility toward God; it
does not submit to the law of God, nor can it; and those who are in
the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; on the
contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in
you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to
him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of
sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of
the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who
raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies
also, through his Spirit that dwells in you.
Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had
mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in
reply, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this
way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they
did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at
Siloam fell on them- do you think they were more guilty than
everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if
you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!" And he told
them this parable: "There once was a person who had a fig tree
planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it
but found none, he said to the gardener, `For three years now I have
come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut
it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?' He said to him in
reply, `Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the
ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future.
If not you can cut it down.'"
At some point in our lives, many of us were like the fig tree. We,
too, were in danger of being rejected as useless. But in his mercy,
God took pity on us. We were given another chance. Today's Gospel,
therefore, calls forth from us deep gratitude to God for the second
chance he has given us. It also calls for a deep determination on
our part to make the most of our second chance.
How shall we act? Shall it be with the same spiritual laziness? God
will help us but he will not force us into heaven. We need to change
our ways. We need to accept the loving help of God. We need to
produce the fruit of good deeds in repentance, humility and love.
It is never too late to begin to change our lives for the better.
Let us not disappoint Jesus who allowed himself to be cut down to
give us a second chance to redeem ourselves.
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
- Lydia and Marina
- Richard P. Mendoza
- Conchita Tan
- Tessie Paras
- Boy Revatoris
... for the personal intentions of:
- Christian Cagulada
- Jorgini Marie Cagulada
- Fred and Nel de Leon
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... In Memoriam: Crisanta Buena-Balilla
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Jaime Lomuntad
- Rey Keng
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: Marites Pineda
- Wedding Anniversary: Gilbert & Sandra Co
- Wedding Anniversary: Joy & Tim Bautista
- In Memoriam (+): Anthony P. Lee
... 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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