Monday, November 12, 2007
TUESDAY 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
TUESDAY 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he
made them. But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world, and
they who are in his possession experience it. But the souls of the
just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They
seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing
away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter
destruction. But they are in peace. For if before men, indeed, they
be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality; Chastised a
little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and
found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself. In the time of
their visitation they shall shine, and shall dart about as sparks
through stubble; They shall judge nations and rule over peoples, and
the Lord shall be their King forever. Those who trust in him shall
understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and his care is with
Jesus said to the Apostles: "Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the
field, `Come here immediately and take your place at table'? Would he
not rather say to him, `Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your
apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink
when I am finished'? Is he grateful to that servant because he did
what was commanded? So should it be with you. When you have done all
you have been commanded, say, `We are unprofitable servants; we have
done what we were obliged to do.'"
Today's Gospel gives us a lesson on our relationship with God. We
are asked to do everything that God asks us to do. The image of God
is very stern. It contradicts other passages where Jesus refers to
God as a loving and serving Father who does everything he can for his
people. Jesus insists now on a different aspect. He asks us to
accept these apparent contradictions. He asks us to stand before the
Lord like a very humble servant, attentive to execute faithfully his
Will to the smallest detail.
Also, Jesus reminds us today not to boast our good deeds before God.
When we have done what God wants us to do, we have to remember that
we have only done our duty. Let us pray for the grace to act before
God gratuitously, without waiting for a reward and to serve him
lovingly and unconditionally.
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: Carlos F. Bate
- Birthday: Dr. Bayani Hernandez
- Birthday: Elvie Nocom
- Birthday: Mr. & Mrs. Santiago Gancayco
- Birthday: Sr. Margarita Lin
... 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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