Wednesday, August 26, 2009
THURSDAY 21ST WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, ST. MONICA
THURSDAY 21ST WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
1 THESSALONIANS 3:7-13
We have been reassured about you, brothers and sisters, in our every
distress and affliction, through your faith. For we now live, if you
stand firm in the Lord. What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God
for you, for all the joy we feel on your account before our God? Night
and day we pray beyond measure to see you in person and to remedy the
deficiencies of your faith. Now may God himself, our Father, and our
Lord Jesus direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase
and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for
you, so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness
before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his
holy ones. Amen.
Jesus said to his disciples: "Stay awake! For you do not know on which
day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have
stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also
must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man
will come. "Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the
master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their
food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on
his arrival finds doing so. Amen, I say to you, he will put him in
charge of all his property. But if that wicked servant says to
himself, `My master is long delayed,' and begins to beat his fellow
servants, and eat and drink with drunkards, the servant's master will
come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him
severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will
be wailing and grinding of teeth."
Like the faithful servant, God has put us in charge of his household.
Naturally, it is very easy for us to neglect the part about hypocrisy
and irresponsibility because in that situation, we would always be
trustworthy. But how might today's Gospel speak to us personally. It
could relate to a variety of households to which God has entrusted us.
God has entrusted the earth to us. As caretakers, we should be
responsible for its well-being. Jesus has entrusted his mission to us
and we should see to it that his Word reaches those who have not heard
it or are indifferent to it. God expects us to take responsibility for
our brothers and sisters who live in poverty. And what about the
Beatitude that reminds us that we have to be peacemakers? Do we
There are many ways in which we are called upon to respond to Jesus'
call to service. According to each of our individual gifts and
talents, we are summoned to holiness. We are summoned to action.
Let us take time out to look around and ask ourselves: "How can I be a
faithful and prudent servant?" If there are changes to be made, today
is the day to change. If we can do better, today is the day to do
better. Let us reflect on today's parable; let it have an impact on
us. Doing so, we will surely be among the blessed.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Richy Ozoa
- Benjamin Reyes
- Eutiquio Atanacio
- Gertrudes M. Atanacio
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the personal intentions of
- John Paul Urbina
- Arnold Cabatingan
- Crisanta Anas
- Leo Flores
- Josheil Dapo
… for the safety of San Juan de Dios Hospital
… good health: Diomedes C. Mallari
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Regina Malagueno Lopez and Rosario Cadag Malagueno
- Raul and Epifania Ylaya
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for the healing and peace of all families
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
… 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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