Wednesday, November 04, 2009
THURSDAY 31ST WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, ALL SAINTS & BLESSED OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS
THURSDAY 31ST WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Brothers and sisters: None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies
for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we
die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
For this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of
both the dead and the living. Why then do you judge your brother or
sister? Or you, why do you look down on your brother or sister? For we
shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written: As
I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me, and every
tongue shall give praise to God. So then each of us shall give an
account of himself to God.
The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to
Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, "This
man welcomes sinners and eats with them." So Jesus addressed this
parable to them. "What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing
one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after
the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it
on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls
together his friends and neighbors and says to them, `Rejoice with me
because I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over
ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance. "Or what
woman having ten coins and losing one would not light a lamp and sweep
the house, searching carefully until she finds it? And when she does
find it, she calls together her friends and neighbors and says to
them, `Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.' In
just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the
angels of God over one sinner who repents."
In Jesus' time, "sinners" were marginalized and treated with contempt.
Today, attitudes have changed. People who were considered sinners back
then would now be mainstream. Some of them would even be famous
people. But one thing is still the same. People still judge others by
the company they keep.
Perhaps we receive the Eucharist frequently. Jesus is spending a lot
of time with us. However, how would we tell that we have been spending
time with the Lord Jesus? What is Jesus and his influence on us? Are
his teachings reflected in our lives?
Jesus' description of going out to get the sinner is truly consoling.
Perhaps we have personally experienced how Jesus came to our rescue,
during those times we were wandering far from his flock and realized
that we needed him. But how do we continue to stay in Jesus' flock?
The Good Shepherd gives us so many tools, but we need to use them. But
if we slacken in our prayer life and have a lack of fervor in the
sacraments, we may find ourselves wandering outside of Jesus' flock.
Today, let us focus on being faithful to Jesus Christ. Let us soak up
the grace of Jesus' divine influence so that we will truly reflect in
our actions, the reality of Jesus' work in our soul. Let us ask Jesus
to grant us a burning desire so that we too can help him bring back
the lost sheep.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Aivy Marielle Aranes
- Tess Aquinde
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Eriberta Calvario
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Moises Aviles
- Tony Uy
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: Francoise H. Tee
- Birthday: Lourdes R. Fernandez
- Birthday: Isabel Gaerlan Mactally
- Birthday: Corazon A. Domingo
- Birthday: Merchor B. Tuquero
- Birthday: Benito S. Cua (Nov 5, 1935-Mar 3, 2003)+
- In Memoriam (+): Co King Ting Chua
… 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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