Friday, September 10, 2010
SATURDAY 23RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SATURDAY 23RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
FIRST CORINTHIANS 10:14-22
For that reason, my dear friends, have nothing to do with the worship
of false gods. I am talking to you as sensible people; weigh up for
yourselves what I have to say. The blessing-cup, which we bless, is it
not a sharing in the blood of Christ; and the loaf of bread which we
break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? And as there is one
loaf, so we, although there are many of us, are one single body, for
we all share in the one loaf. Now compare the natural people of
Israel: is it not true that those who eat the sacrifices share the
altar? What does this mean? That the dedication of food to false gods
amounts to anything? Or that false gods themselves amount to anything?
No, it does not; simply that when pagans sacrifice, what is sacrificed
by them is sacrificed to demons who are not God. I do not want you to
share with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of
demons as well; you cannot have a share at the Lord's table and the
demons' table as well. Do we really want to arouse the Lord's
jealousy; are we stronger than he is?
'There is no sound tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again a rotten
tree that produces sound fruit. Every tree can be told by its own
fruit: people do not pick figs from thorns, nor gather grapes from
brambles. Good people draw what is good from the store of goodness in
their hearts; bad people draw what is bad from the store of badness.
For the words of the mouth flow out of what fills the heart. 'Why do
you call me, "Lord, Lord" and not do what I say? 'Everyone who comes
to me and listens to my words and acts on them -- I will show you what
such a person is like. Such a person is like the man who, when he
built a house, dug, and dug deep, and laid the foundations on rock;
when the river was in flood it bore down on that house but could not
shake it, it was so well built. But someone who listens and does
nothing is like the man who built a house on soil, with no
foundations; as soon as the river bore down on it, it collapsed; and
what a ruin that house became!'
The nature and quality of a tree can only be known by the nature and
quality of its fruit. The condition of a man's heart, invisible to
other men, can only be judged by what proceeds from his mouth. If
following Christ is the better way, then Christians should produce
better "fruit." Thus, we are called to live by a much higher standard.
Obedience to the difficult commands of our Lord proves a person to be
a true follower of Christ, and handling the tough tasks now assures us
of enduring tough times ahead. Jesus taught that it is not enough to
only call Jesus Lord. We must prove he is Lord by obeying his
commands. Doing the tough things shows our discipleship.
Jesus sought to illustrate the fact that doing the hard thing now
gives confidence in the hard times ahead. When building a house, the
wise man "goes the extra mile" of laying a strong foundation. Digging
deep to establish a solid foundation is not the easy way, but when the
storms come, the building will stand.
Christ's command to love our enemies is of a very high standard,
higher than that which others hold or practice. But it can be done
because God sustains those who trust in Him and who obey His commands.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
… for the personal intentions of
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
-Magsikap B. Mole
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.
- Birthday: Gerardo M. Teotico & Lizette S. Teotico
- Birthday: Betchie Pineda
- Birthday: Pochito R. Villaluna
- Birthday: Frances Emmanuel Reyes
- In Memoriam (+):Benedicta N. Uy
- In Memoriam (+):Roman F. Rivera Jr.
… 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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