Tuesday, November 10, 2009
WEDNESDAY 32ND WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, MARTIN OF TOURS, BISHOP
WEDNESDAY 32ND WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Hear, O kings, and understand; learn, you magistrates of the earth's
expanse! Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude and lord it
over throngs of peoples! Because authority was given you by the Lord
and sovereignty by the Most High, who shall probe your works and
scrutinize your counsels. Because, though you were ministers of his
kingdom, you judged not rightly, and did not keep the law, nor walk
according to the will of God, Terribly and swiftly shall he come
against you, because judgment is stern for the exalted– For the lowly
may be pardoned out of mercy but the mighty shall be mightily put to
the test. For the Lord of all shows no partiality, nor does he fear
greatness, Because he himself made the great as well as the small, and
he provides for all alike; but for those in power a rigorous scrutiny
impends. To you, therefore, O princes, are my words addressed that you
may learn wisdom and that you may not sin. For those who keep the holy
precepts hallowed shall be found holy, and those learned in them will
have ready a response. Desire therefore my words; long for them and
you shall be instructed.
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through
Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying,
"Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!" And when he saw them, he said, "Go
show yourselves to the priests." As they were going they were
cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned,
glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and
thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, "Ten were
cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this
foreigner returned to give thanks to God?" Then he said to him, "Stand
up and go; your faith has saved you."
In the Old and New Testaments, "leprosy" referred to all kinds of skin
infections. "Leprosy" rendered people impure. It was the function of
the priest to ascertain its existence or to pronounce it cured, basing
his judgment on a precise set of symptoms. The leper was isolated from
the general population to see if the disease spreads or recedes. The
cured leper had to present himself to the priest so that the cure
could be officially declared. He was also obliged to offer prescribed
sacrifices for his purification.
The ten lepers called out to Jesus to have pity on them. Without
hesitation, Jesus sent them to the priests and all ten were cured. By
curing the lepers, Jesus showed that God's love, compassion and mercy
is for everyone, including those we consider as outcasts of society.
But only one of the cured lepers, a Samaritan, returned to thank Jesus
and praise God. During Jesus' time, the Samaritans and Jews didn't
agree on a lot of things and were practically on non-speaking terms.
But this "foreigner's" sincere outpouring of thanks and praise moved
Jesus to totally cure the Samaritan and forgive his sins.
A sincere faith and love of God is most pleasing to Him and leads to
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Eriberta Calvario
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the personal intentions of
- John B.
- Jansell Toni Remolisan
… In Thanksgiving : Danica and family
- Evelyn Lim - Sia
- Julie Ong - Alonzo
- Jasmin Guevara
- Ma. Ruiza Ang - Yee
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Araceli Roman Mathay
… 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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