Wednesday, November 07, 2007
THURSDAY 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
THURSDAY 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
Brothers and sisters: None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies
for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we
die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
For this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord
of both the dead and the living. Why then do you judge your brother
or sister? Or you, why do you look down on your brother or sister?
For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is
written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God. So then each of us shall
give an account of himself to God.
The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to
Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, "This
man welcomes sinners and eats with them." So Jesus addressed this
parable to them. "What man among you having a hundred sheep and
losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and
go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he
sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home,
he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to
them, `Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.' I tell
you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one
sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no
need of repentance. "Or what woman having ten coins and losing one
would not light a lamp and sweep the house, searching carefully until
she finds it? And when she does find it, she calls together her
friends and neighbors and says to them, `Rejoice with me because I
have found the coin that I lost.' In just the same way, I tell you,
there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who
The lesson that Christ teaches us in today's Gospel reading is
clearly a lesson of hope and confidence in the great mercy of God.
The climax of God's mercy was the Incarnation, the coming of his Son
Jesus to live on earth, to teach us God's mercy and love, to die on
the cross in order to reopen heaven for us and to lead us there. He
left us his church to teach us. He gave us the sacraments by which
he still acts amongst us and reconciles us to the Father.
Think of the sinners Christ met during his lifetime: the robbers, the
adulterers, the unjust tax collectors. Even among his chosen ones,
the twelve apostles, there was Peter who denied him, and Judas the
traitor who sold him for 50 pieces of silver. Yet Jesus never
uttered a harsh word against any of these sinners. No sinner was
ever lost and no sinner will ever be lost only because of his sin.
Sinners are lost because they will not turn to their merciful Father
to ask his forgiveness. God constantly sends out his invitation to
sinners welcoming them home.
All of us are sinners to a greater or lesser degree. We, too, must
tune in to his call to obtain greater repentance and more love. That
call is present in the scriptures, in the sacraments, during prayer,
in every Eucharistic celebration. The Lord Jesus tells us that there
is joy in heaven because of the repentance of one sinner. Let us
thank God for telling us that. With that knowledge, let us make
every effort to live as his beloved sons and daughters.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara, Eligia Fernando, Sr. Belen Latorre, DC
- Epifania Ylaya
- Fely Silang
- Erlinda Bonoan
- Liza and Peachy
... for the personal intentions of Soraya Reyes Chua
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... Good health: Guevarra Family
... In Thanksgiving: Boy Revatoris
- Rubie Bricia-Hallare
- Kyle Benedict Bonoan
... for the eternal repose of the souls of Alfredo, Remberto, Estrella,
Florence and Danilo. Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual
light shine upon them. May they and all the dearly departed rest in
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Cali Sim Bate
- In Memoriam (+): Emilio Ejercito, Sr.
... 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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