Friday, November 09, 2007
MEMORIAL, ST LEO THE GREAT, POPE AND DOCTOR
MEMORIAL, ST LEO THE GREAT, POPE AND DOCTOR
SATURDAY 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
ROMANS 16:3-9, 16, 22-27
Brothers and sisters: Greet Prisca and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ
Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I am
grateful but also all the churches of the Gentiles; greet also the
Church at their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the
firstfruits in Asia for Christ. Greet Mary, who has worked hard for
you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives and my fellow prisoners;
they are prominent among the Apostles and they were in Christ before
me. Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our
co-worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys. Greet one another with a
holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you. I, Tertius, the
writer of this letter, greet you in the Lord. Gaius, who is host to me
and to the whole Church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and
our brother Quartus greet you. Now to him who can strengthen you,
according to my Gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according
to the revelation of the mystery kept secret for long ages but now
manifested through the prophetic writings and, according to the
command of the eternal God, made known to all nations to bring about
the obedience of faith, to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ be
glory forever and ever. Amen.
Jesus said to his disciples: "I tell you, make friends for yourselves
with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed
into eternal dwellings. The person who is trustworthy in very small
matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is
dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. If,
therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will
trust you with true wealth? If you are not trustworthy with what
belongs to another, who will give you what is yours? No servant can
serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be
devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and
mammon." The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all these things and
sneered at him. And he said to them, "You justify yourselves in the
sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for what is of human
esteem is an abomination in the sight of God."
In today's Gospel, Jesus tells us how he views money. For Jesus, money
is a little thing. What is important for Jesus is eternal life:
divine goods, spiritual riches. Jesus advises us to be good managers,
responsible stewards of money, so that we may be worthy of managing
more important affairs of a spiritual order.
For Jesus, money is often a symbol of dishonesty. Jesus simply agrees
with popular common sense. Money, which is difficult to acquire and
the consequence of work, may have perhaps been the fruit of
oppression, and miserliness. Dishonesty is, in this matter,
especially serious, for it deprives others of what is theirs by
For Jesus, he prefers that money be used to serve others and thus
become a symbol of love. This ultimately is the deepest meaning of
the parable of the cunning manager. Jesus seems to be telling us: so
much the better if your treasure chest is getting filled, provided it
gets empty in the service of God and people.
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
... 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: Barbara Lam 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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