Friday, November 02, 2007
SATURDAY 30TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
SATURDAY 30TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
ROMANS 11:1-2, 11-12, 25-29
I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite
myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did
not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don't you know what the
Scripture says in the passage about Elijah--how he appealed to God
against Israel: Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond
recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression,
salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. But if
their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means
riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness
bring! I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so
that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in
part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all
Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from
Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my
covenant with them when I take away their sins." As far as the gospel
is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election
is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God's
gifts and his call are irrevocable.
LUKE 14:1, 7-11
One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent
Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. When he noticed how the
guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this
parable: "When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the
place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been
invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to
you, `Give this man your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to
take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the
lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you,
`Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the
presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself
will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
We read that often the Pharisees were watching Jesus to see what he
would do. It seems that Jesus took the last place. Imagine the
all-powerful God taking the foot end of the table, but he explained
why. Those who push themselves forward will be disliked for it; those
who put others first will be respected and honored for it.
Can we become more like Jesus? Jesus says: "Everyone who exults
himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Is this all that the parable has to offer us on the virtue of
humility? But there is a deeper element. A parable like this may be
seen as God's invitation. God is our host and he invites us so that
we can share in his grace. Hence our place or seats before God is
what really matters. It is not a question of where but how we stand
before God. If we humbly acknowledge our true worth, then all we can
do is beat our breasts and say: "God, be merciful to me a sinner."
Knowing who we really are teaches us how to stand before God and take
our rightful place in his presence. Let this be our prayer today:
"Lord, we are sinners; in humility we seek your saving grace."
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Erlinda Bonoan
- Lydia and Marina
- Damaso Guevara, Eligia Fernando, Sr. Belen Latorre, DC
... for the personal intentions of:
- Julie and Trinna
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... Good health: Guevarra Family
... In Thanksgiving: Boy Revatoris
... for the eternal repose of the soul of Roberto D. Tuazon. 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: Baldo N. Inocentes
- Birthday: Sylvia C. Dayrit
... 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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