Wednesday, September 16, 2009
THURSDAY 24TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, ROBERT BELLARMINE, BISHOP, DOCTOR
THURSDAY 24TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
1 TIMOTHY 4:12-16
Beloved: Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example
for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.
Until I arrive, attend to the reading, exhortation, and teaching. Do
not neglect the gift you have, which was conferred on you through the
prophetic word with the imposition of hands by the presbyterate. Be
diligent in these matters, be absorbed in them, so that your progress
may be evident to everyone. Attend to yourself and to your teaching;
persevere in both tasks, for by doing so you will save both yourself
and those who listen to you.
A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him, and he entered the
Pharisee's house and reclined at table. Now there was a sinful woman
in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the
Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind
him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears.
Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with
the ointment. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said
to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what
sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner."
Jesus said to him in reply, "Simon, I have something to say to you."
"Tell me, teacher," he said. "Two people were in debt to a certain
creditor; one owed five hundred days' wages and the other owed fifty.
Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both.
Which of them will love him more?" Simon said in reply, "The one, I
suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven." He said to him, "You have
judged rightly." Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do
you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me
water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped
them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased
kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head
with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her
many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the
one to whom little is forgiven, loves little." He said to her, "Your
sins are forgiven." The others at table said to themselves, "Who is
this who even forgives sins?" But he said to the woman, "Your faith
has saved you; go in peace."
Are we grateful to God for all the gifts and talents that he has given
us? Do we show that gratitude through fervent love? The woman in this
story is a beautiful example of the transforming power of Jesus' love.
She carried with her the burden of a sinful life that left her soul
starving for truth and goodness. Her first contact with Jesus must
have made her realize that in Jesus, a better way of life was indeed
possible. In Simon's house, in her generous spirit of repentance,
tears flow which she used to wash the feet of Jesus. What a moving
scene! It moved the heart of Jesus. This sense of wonder and
thankfulness of the woman should be at the foundation of each one of
our confessions. Our lives of love should be the sign for everyone
that we have indeed experienced the forgiveness of Jesus.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Nards Dumlao, Pamela Raya
- Jose Valera
- Francis Torres
- Richy Ozoa
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Inday Tan
… for the personal intentions of
- Margie R. Ponce de Leon
- Julie and Glenn Manzon
- Patricio Manzon and Linda Manzon, Estilita, Escamilla, Sandra
- Vicsyd Valera and family
… for the personal intentions and good health of
- Beegee and Paolo Go-aco
- Julie Manzon, Churchill Barayoga, Josie Ureta, Vanessa Salcedo
… for the safety of
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Glenn Dale Manzon and Marites Pinon
… Birthday: Glenda Bisco and Sheila Vergara
… Thanksgiving: Manzon family, Barayoga Family, Dada and Domingo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Tara Santelices
- Pedro Y. Flores, Sr.
- Lourdes Barayoga, Domingo Barayog Sr., Charlie Castro
- Lourdes Antonio
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Pamela Denise C. Inocencio
- Birthday: Ophie M. Dee
- Birthday: Jackie Capati
- Wedding Anniversary: Chito & Lucila Reyes
- In Memoriam (+): Elizabeth Ong Ting
- In Memoriam (+): Fr. Juan Andechaga, S.J.
- In Memoriam (+): Marie O'Gorman
… 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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