Sunday, November 11, 2007
MEMORIAL, ST JOSAPHAT, BISHOP AND MARTYR
MEMORIAL, ST JOSAPHAT, BISHOP AND MARTYR
MONDAY 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
Love justice, you who judge the earth; think of the Lord in goodness,
and seek him in integrity of heart; Because he is found by those who
test him not, and he manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve
him. For perverse counsels separate a man from God, and his power, put
to the proof, rebukes the foolhardy; Because into a soul that plots
evil, wisdom enters not, nor dwells she in a body under debt of sin.
For the holy Spirit of discipline flees deceit and withdraws from
senseless counsels; and when injustice occurs it is rebuked. For
wisdom is a kindly spirit, yet she acquits not the blasphemer of his
guilty lips; Because God is the witness of his inmost self and the
sure observer of his heart and the listener to his tongue. For the
Spirit of the Lord fills the world, is all-embracing, and knows what
Jesus said to his disciples, "Things that cause sin will inevitably
occur, but woe to the one through whom they occur. It would be better
for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into
the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Be on
your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents,
forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns
to you seven times saying, `I am sorry,' you should forgive him." And
the Apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." The Lord replied,
"If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this
mulberry tree, `Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey
Today's Gospel reading falls into three different sections. In the
first two verses Jesus says that it is impossible to construct a world
with no temptations. But woe to that person who taught another to sin
especially the little ones. Everyone is given his first invitation to
sin, his first push along the wrong way.
On judgment day we will have to answer to God if during our life on
earth, we have sent anyone on the wrong path. The Gospel also speaks
of the necessity of forgiveness in the Christian life. The Christian
standard of forgiveness must immeasurably exceed the best the world
Faith is the greatest force in the world. Even that which looks
completely impossible becomes possible, if it is approached with
faith. We have only to think of the number of scientific marvels, of
the number of surgical operations, of the feats of endurance which
today have been achieved and which not long ago would have been
regarded as impossible. If we approach a thing saying: "It can't be
done," it will not be done. If we approach it saying: "It must be
done," the chances are that it will be done. We must always remember
that we approach no task alone because with us there is God and all
the power of God.
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
- Erlinda Bonoan
- Epifania Ylaya
... for the personal intentions of:
- Balingit family
- Wendy Bonoan, Lou Reniva
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... Good health: Guevarra Family
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Matthew Christian Yu
- Thanksgiving:Arbot & Linda Buenafe
... 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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