Sunday, October 25, 2009



OCTOBER 26, 2009

ROMANS 8:12-17
Brothers and sisters, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live
according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you
will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body,
you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of
God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into
fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry,
"Abba, Father!" The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that
we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and
joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may
also be glorified with him.

LUKE 13:10-17
Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And a woman was
there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was
bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her,
he called to her and said, "Woman, you are set free of your
infirmity." He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up
straight and glorified God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant
that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in reply,
"There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be
cured, not on the sabbath day." The Lord said to him in reply,
"Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the sabbath untie his ox or
his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? This daughter of
Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to
have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?" When he said
this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd
rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.

People don't like been shown up in such an unflattering light, and it
goes some way towards explaining the Pharisees' implacable hatred of
Jesus. He was not just showing another way. He was undermining their
credibility and their way of interpreting the Scriptures. Theirs was a
narrow legalistic version of the great Jewish faith. It was a thing of
the mind alone, with no heart in it. What strikes us here is the
absence of joy. They were unable to feel any joy at the old woman's

Religion without joy is hollow and shows itself to be a product of
selfishness. The selfish person knows selfish gratification, but not
joy. Joy is an expansion of the heart. To experience joy is to lose
oneself, ultimately in God. Luke records that Jesus was filled with
joy and so were his disciples. In each case he says it is joy in the
Holy Spirit. Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit, mentioned next to
love by St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians. Between the religion
of the selfish person and the religion of Jesus there is a chasm that
can only be crossed in one giant leap. It is a leap of joy in the Holy

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Monsignor John Finnegan, Fr. Brad Helman, Fr. John Kahler
- Ely Lara
- Andrew Huang
- Jose Valera
- Aivy Marielle Aranes
- Wen Wen
- Lisa
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the personal intentions of
- Mycel and Mark
- Julie Manzon
- Mary Wong, Catherine and Koo Chay
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Pacita Religioso de Castro.
Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her.
May she and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday Gilbert J. Bulan
… 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.

Assistant Parish Priests' e-mails:
Fr. R. Hart, S. J.
Fr. Thomas O'Gorman, S. J.

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