Sunday, September 27, 2009
MONDAY 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, LORENZO RUIZ AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS
MONDAY 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
ZECHARIAH. 8: 1-8
Again the word of the LORD Almighty came to me. This is what the LORD
Almighty says: "I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy
for her." This is what the LORD says: "I will return to Zion and dwell
in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the
mountain of the LORD Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain." This
is what the LORD Almighty says: "Once again men and women of ripe old
age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with cane in hand
because of his age. The city streets will be filled with boys and
girls playing there." This is what the LORD Almighty says: "It may
seem marvelous to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it
seem marvelous to me?" declares the LORD Almighty. This is what the
LORD Almighty says: "I will save my people from the countries of the
east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they
will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as
LUKE. 9: 46-50
An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be
the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and
had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this
little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes
the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all--he is the
greatest." "Master," said John, "we saw a man driving out demons in
your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us." "Do
not stop him," Jesus said, "for whoever is not against you is for
In today's Gospel reading, Jesus speaks of two common yearnings of the
human heart: the desire to be important and the desire to belong.
Oftentimes, people seek greatness through academic, athletic, artistic
or career accomplishments, or by the accumulation of riches. Jesus
teaches us in today's Gospel that greatness is achieved when one
assumes the position of the least, making oneself the servant of all.
The greater the effort one exerts in striving to serve others, the
more abundantly one will be blessed in one's life. A basic human
desire is to belong, to be part of a group, to relate to others who
have similar interests in life. Groups can feel threatened if they
think that others are infringing upon their territory.
Jesus teaches us that we need not fear other people who are doing good
work. These people are not against us. They are allies in our goal of
making the world a more peaceful and loving place. Desire is a gift
from God and it is meant to move us to do creative and loving things.
Desire inspires magnificent works of art, moves us into loving
relationships with others and prompts generous acts of charity. We
must stay vigilant that our desires are properly directed and do not
lead us astray.
Today, Jesus challenges us to seek greatness in serving others, and to
work with those who hold the common goal of making the world a better
place to live in. The vision of Jesus was not one of power, status and
honor. Rather, in God's kingdom, one who serves the needs of others is
the greatest. This was a radical teaching for the disciples to hear.
It is also radical for us today.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Margie R. Ponce de Leon
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Inday Tan
- Francis Torres
- Richy Ozoa
… for the personal intentions of
- Dapo family
- Edu and Minette
- Geraldine Tan
… In Thanksgiving: for the answered prayers of Mike
… for the eternal repose of the souls of 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 all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Chua Rebecca Lim Siu Cheng
- Birthday: Rolly dela Rosa
- Birthday: Bishop Socrates "Soc" Villegas, D.D.
- Birthday: Andrew Ng
- Wedding Anniversary: Benjamin & Michelle Lynette Yu Jones
- Wedding Anniversary: Peter & Teresa Ong
… 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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