Sunday, May 31, 2009
MONDAY 9TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, ST JUSTIN, MARTYR
MONDAY 9TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
I, Tobit, have walked all the days of my life on the paths of truth
and righteousness. I performed many charitable works for my kinsmen
and my people who had been deported with me to Nineveh, in Assyria. 1
Thus under King Esarhaddon I returned to my home, and my wife Anna and
my son Tobiah were restored to me. Then on our festival of Pentecost,
the feast of Weeks, a fine dinner was prepared for me, and I reclined
to eat. The table was set for me, and when many different dishes were
placed before me, I said to my son Tobiah: "My son, go out and try to
find a poor man from among our kinsmen exiled here in Nineveh. If he
is a sincere worshiper of God, bring him back with you, so that he can
share this meal with me. Indeed, son, I shall wait for you to come
back." Tobiah went out to look for some poor kinsman of ours. When he
returned he exclaimed, "Father!" I said to him, "What is it, son?" He
answered, "Father, one of our people has been murdered! His body lies
in the market place where he was just strangled!" I sprang to my feet,
leaving the dinner untouched; and I carried the dead man from the
street and put him in one of the rooms, so that I might bury him after
sunset. Returning to my own quarters, I washed myself and ate my food
in sorrow. I was reminded of the oracle pronounced by the prophet Amos
against Bethel: "Your festivals shall be turned into mourning, And all
your songs into lamentation." And I wept. Then at sunset I went out,
dug a grave, and buried him. The neighbors mocked me, saying to one
another: "Will this man never learn! Once before he was hunted down
for execution because of this very thing; yet now that he has escaped,
here he is again burying the dead!"
He then began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard.
He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a
watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away
on a journey. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to
collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized
him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then he sent another
servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him
shamefully. He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent
many others; some of them they beat, others they killed. "He had one
left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying,
`They will respect my son.' "But the tenants said to one another,
`This is the heir. Come, let's kill him, and the inheritance will be
ours.' So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the
vineyard. "What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come
and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. Haven't you
read this scripture: "`The stone the builders rejected has become the
capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?"
Then they looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had
spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so
they left him and went away.
The tenant farmers in the parable do not seem very bright. They murder
the son in order to get his inheritance. What father would give an
inheritance to someone who killed his son? It does not make sense.
Then again, sin does not make sense either.
Many times we reject Jesus in our life and then wonder why our prayers
to God go seemingly unanswered. What could we be thinking? So often we
offer up a sacrifice or an act of charity in order to pacify our
conscience which condemns us for not giving up an errant or sinful way
Let us make the effort to live up to the demands of our faith. We
should realize that our dignity as Christians demands that we try to
live a life worthy of our baptism and not be satisfied living like
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and speedy recovery of:
- Lucy Chin
… for the special intentions: San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the good health and peace of the family of Richard V. Condor, MD
… for the physical and spiritual well-being of all prisoners and
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Eligia Fernando. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Wedding Anniversary Isabel & Engr. Joseph Limchutick
- In Memoriam (+) Paulino Lim Yu (Jun 17, 1968-Jun 1,1991)+
- In Memoriam (+) Chua Tam+
- In Memoriam (+) Juanita S. Bate
… for the healing and peace of all families
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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