Tuesday, October 13, 2009



OCTOBER 14, 2009

ROMANS 2:1-11
You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment.
For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself,
since you, the judge, do the very same things. We know that the
judgment of God on those who do such things is true. Do you suppose,
then, you who judge those who engage in such things and yet do them
yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you hold his
priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience in low esteem, unaware
that the kindness of God would lead you to repentance? By your
stubbornness and impenitent heart, you are storing up wrath for
yourself for the day of wrath and revelation of the just judgment of
God, who will repay everyone according to his works, eternal life to
those who seek glory, honor, and immortality through perseverance in
good works, but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the
truth and obey wickedness. Yes, affliction and distress will come upon
everyone who does evil, Jew first and then Greek. But there will be
glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good, Jew first and then
Greek. There is no partiality with God.

LUKE 11:42-46
The Lord said: "Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of
rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and
to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the
others. Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues
and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you! You are like unseen graves
over which people unknowingly walk." Then one of the scholars of the
law said to him in reply, "Teacher, by saying this you are insulting
us too." And he said, "Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose
on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one
finger to touch them."

A Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him in his house. But instead of
the usual table conversation, Jesus attacks the hypocritical practices
of the Pharisees. The Pharisees tended to focus on the external acts
and rituals of their spirituality and forget about the more important
part of living their faith daily. Jesus reminds them that it's more
important to show God's love, compassion, mercy and justice to others,
instead of just being self-righteous and doing rituals perfunctorily.

Do we really live our faith or do we just pay lip service to what we
believe in? Do we look at our faith as just a series of obligations
and rituals that we need to fulfill like attending Sunday Mass, or is
our faith something alive that gives meaning to our life? Genuine love
of God should move us to grow deeper in our relationship with our
Creator and prompt us to bring the Good News and share God's love to
other people.

A real, living faith shouldn't just be a private matter that only
involves ourselves. Our faith should move us, not only to love God and
ourselves, but to also reach out of concern to others, especially
those who are disadvantaged.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Lisa
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Ester Marcelo. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
- Birthday: Erlinda Bautista
- Birthday: Merita Yu
- Birthday: Violeta Bandiola
- Birthday: Cheryl Ann Ng Tan
- Wedding Anniversary: Mr. & Mrs. Raoul M. Inocentes
- In Memoriam (+): Co Ti Chua
- In Memoriam (+): Carmen J. Fabella
- In Memoriam (+): Antonio 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!

Parish Priests' e-mail:
Fr. J. Cesar R. Marin, S. J. parishpriest@marythequeen.org

Assistant Parish Priests' e-mails:
Fr. R. Hart, S. J. rodneyhart@marythequeen.org
Fr. Thomas O'Gorman, S. J. thogorman@marythequeen.org

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