Friday, October 23, 2009
SATURDAY 29TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, ANTHONY MARY CLARET, BISHOP
SATURDAY 29TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Brothers and sisters: Now there is no condemnation for those who are
in Christ Jesus. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has
freed you from the law of sin and death. For what the law, weakened by
the flesh, was powerless to do, this God has done: by sending his own
Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for the sake of sin, he
condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous decree of the law
might be fulfilled in us, who live not according to the flesh but
according to the spirit. For those who live according to the flesh are
concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who live according
to the spirit with the things of the spirit. The concern of the flesh
is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace. For the
concern of the flesh is hostility toward God; it does not submit to
the law of God, nor can it; and those who are in the flesh cannot
please God. But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in
the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not
have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in
you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive
because of righteousness. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus
from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that
dwells in you.
Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had
mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in reply,
"Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way, they
were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell
you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those
eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them—
do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in
Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will
all perish as they did!" And he told them this parable: "There once
was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he
came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener,
`For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree
but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?'
He said to him in reply, `Sir, leave it for this year also, and I
shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear
fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.'"
The parable of the fig tree tells us that there is still hope; there
is still a time of grace; there is still time for us to repent. The
first step towards this conversion may very well be the conviction
that conversion makes sense. It is not true that we are sometimes
powerless to change a wrong situation. When we begin to change the way
we live, if we do what we can, others will join us. The whole world
can begin to become better if we begin with ourselves.
A second step towards conversion could be that we be honest to
ourselves. We often denounce abuses but what do we do about them?
Perhaps we waste electricity, water and other natural resources. We
use our car when we don't really need it. We don't bother about people
in need. We shout that society has to change but we do nothing to
remedy the situation. In this respect, we have to change our way of
thinking by looking first at what we have to do to carry out the
changes that are difficult for us.
The third step towards conversion is to allow God to occupy first
place in our life. Do we take the time to pray, to ask God what His
Will is for us? Do we realize that God needs us to make this world a
good place to live in? Are we willing to contribute towards peace and
justice and care for God's creation? If we do these things, our little
conversion will ripple and make this world a better healthier place.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Manuel Hernandez
- Luz Bagaipo Arquiza
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Ton, Nicole, & Joey Torres
- Monsignor John Finnegan, Fr. Brad Helman, Fr. John Kahler
- Ely Lara
- Andrew Huang
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the success of the mission of the IFRS students going to
… for the personal intentions of
- Med Villanueva
- Josheil Dapo
- Mycel and Mark
- Julie Manzon
- Rophi Dennish B. Condor
- Mildred Gococo
- Robert Dominic B. Condor
- Lilian Saw
… In Memoriam (+):
- Julia Go
- Victor Ongtiak
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Julian Tan
- Pacita Religioso de Castro
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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