Friday, October 30, 2009



OCTOBER 31, 2009

ROMANS 11:1-2, 11-12, 25-29
I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite
myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did
not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don't you know what the
Scripture says in the passage about Elijah--how he appealed to God
against Israel: Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond
recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression,
salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. But if
their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means
riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness
bring! I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so
that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in
part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all
Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from
Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my
covenant with them when I take away their sins." As far as the gospel
is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as
is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God's
gifts and his call are irrevocable.

LUKE 14:1, 7-11
One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent
Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. When he noticed how the
guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this
parable: "When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take
place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have
invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to
you, `Give this man your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to
take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the
lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you,
`Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the
presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself
will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Have we ever given any though on what kind of people we are? Do we
promote ourselves? Or do we do show sincere concern for others, doing
what we can, whenever we can, to help others in order to make them
happy? In today's Gospel, Jesus said that those who want to be first
must be the last of all and the servants of all. Is Jesus saying that
the way to achieve our ambitions is to serve? Not at all. Jesus is
concerned with us achieving our ambitions. He is telling us how to be
first in his heart, and even in the hearts of others. If we want to
first in Christ's heart, we must be a servant of all. Moreover, if we
have the humility to serve others, we will realize that we also have
special place in other people's hearts.

Perhaps we are often concerned only with our own wants and needs. But
Jesus wants to transform us, so that we too can become caring people,
concerned with serving others. Let us ask Jesus today to help us be
more focused on what really matter — concern for others, loving
others, rather than focusing on empty, self-serving actions.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Ton, Nicole and Joey Torres
- Salome Ragot Abad
- Luz Bagaipo Arquza
- Lisa
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Julie Manzon, Ethelinda Manzon, Glenn Manzon
- Rita Cuerva
- Ely Lara
… for the personal intentions of
- Julie Manzon, Glenn Dale Manzon, John Dale Manzon
- Veronica Yap
… In Thanksgiving: Manzon Family, Bisco Family, De Castro Family,
Castro Family, Escamilla Family
… Birthday: Aida See - Ang
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Salome Ragot Abad
- Lourdes Vergara Barayoga, Domingo Barayoga Sr., Charlie Castro
- Jose Valera
- Go So
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: Lucilla Tan
- In Memoriam (+): Dalmacio & Purificacion Suaco
- In Memoriam (+): Mamerto Fainsan
… for the healing and peace of all families

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
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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