Sunday, October 28, 2007



OCTOBER 29, 2007

ROMANS 8:12-17
Brothers and sisters, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live
according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you
will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the
body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are
sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back
into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we
cry, "Abba, Father!" The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of
God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that
we may also be glorified with him.

LUKE 13:10-17
Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And a woman was
there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was
bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw
her, he called to her and said, "Woman, you are set free of your
infirmity." He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up
straight and glorified God. But the leader of the synagogue,
indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in
reply, "There are six days when work should be done. Come on those
days to be cured, not on the sabbath day." The Lord said to him in
reply, "Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the sabbath untie his
ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? This
daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now,
ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this
bondage?" When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and
the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.

In today's Gospel, Jesus gives us an example of love in action. As
individuals we often tend to shift the burden of helping people to
charitable institutions, clinics, hospitals and institutions.

As we mix with people, we often come across people with wounded
spirits, people whose hearts are bruised and beaten, perhaps left
half dead. We meet these people on the streets, and in our places
of work. Then there are people beaten by sin. We can either pass
them by or start giving of ourselves. We can go out of our way and
pay with the sacrifice of our comfort and convenience in order to
bring relief to a person in distress. It is that personal interest,
that personal touch that really matters.

When Christ came to Capernaum and found the street lined with the
sick, he could have worked a multiple miracle and cured all of them
at the same time. Instead, scripture says that Jesus put his hand on
each of them. He gave of himself.

As Christians, we are called upon to imitate Christ to the best of
our ability. Let us pray for the grace today to have a heart for
one another, not only when it is convenient for us to do so, but also
when it is inconvenient. It is then that like Christ, we will be
giving an example of love in action.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Eligia G. Fernando
- Tessie Paras
- Boy Revatoris
- Marge, Pam, Ken, BE and Eli
... for the personal intentions of Fred and Nel de Leon
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Cielo M. Salgado
- Birthday: Jennifer V. V.
- Birthday: Joanna Choa
- Birthday: Lyza Dano Or
- Presbyterial Ordination: Eduardo Ulloa
- Presbyterial Ordination: Felipe Santos
- Wedding Anniversary: Rafael & Jeni C. Soon
- In Memoriam (+): Corazon S. Aquino
... 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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