Tuesday, September 08, 2009
WEDNESDAY 23RD WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, PETER CLAVER, PRIEST
WEDNESDAY 23RD WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Brothers and sisters: If you were raised with Christ, seek what is
above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what
is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is
hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too
will appear with him in glory. Put to death, then, the parts of you
that are earthly: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the
greed that is idolatry. Because of these the wrath of God is coming
upon the disobedient. By these you too once conducted yourselves, when
you lived in that way. But now you must put them all away: anger,
fury, malice, slander, and obscene language out of your mouths. Stop
lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its
practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for
knowledge, in the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and
Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave,
free; but Christ is all and in all.
Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said: "Blessed are you who
are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now
hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now
weeping, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and
when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on
account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors
treated the prophets in the same way. But woe to you who are rich, for
you have received your consolation. But woe to you who are filled now,
for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve
and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors
treated the false prophets in this way."
There are so many people suffering today. It is troubling to see
people suffering hunger, oppression and injustice. Yet, as Christians,
how do we respond to the plight of our poor brothers and sisters?
In the beatitudes, God favors the poor, the oppressed and the
rejected. He is not blind to the sad realities of our world and this
is why he calls us to help the poor. The less fortunate look to God
for help. We are God's messengers of hope for them. But though we are
called to help, many of us remain blind to their plight. We tend to
ignore them because we are too busy satisfying ourselves. Or perhaps,
we are indifferent to the poor because we do not know and cannot
imagine the pain and suffering they are undergoing.
As Christ is our model for those less fortunate, we are encouraged to
get out of our comfort zones and to be with the poor, the sick, and
the lonely. It is time to think less of ourselves and to start to
humbly serve the needs of others. Let us truly and indeed be God's
messengers of hope.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Richy Ozoa
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Inday Tan
… for the personal intentions of
- Vicsyd Valera and family
… for the safety of San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Joyce Tiu
- Birthday: Gianfranco V. Amurao
- Birthday: Angela Ong
- Birthday: Lily Dee
- Wedding Anniversary: Bernie & Grace Mercado
- In Memoriam (+): Natividad Lontoc de las Alas
… 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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