Sunday, October 03, 2010
MEMORIAL, ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI
MEMORIAL, ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI
MONDAY 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
I am astonished that you are so promptly turning away from the one who
called you in the grace of Christ and are going over to a different
gospel- not that it is another gospel; except that there are trouble-
makers among you who are seeking to pervert the gospel of Christ. But
even if we ourselves or an angel from heaven preaches to you a gospel
other than the one we preached to you, let God's curse be on him. I
repeat again what we declared before: anyone who preaches to you a
gospel other than the one you were first given is to be under God's
curse. Whom am I trying to convince now, human beings or God? Am I
trying to please human beings? If I were still doing that I should not
be a servant of Christ. Now I want to make it quite clear to you,
brothers, about the gospel that was preached by me, that it was no
human message. It was not from any human being that I received it, and
I was not taught it, but it came to me through a revelation of Jesus
And now a lawyer stood up and, to test him, asked, 'Master, what must
I do to inherit eternal life?' He said to him, 'What is written in the
Law? What is your reading of it?' He replied, 'You must love the Lord
your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your
strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.'
Jesus said to him, 'You have answered right, do this and life is
yours.' But the man was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus,
'And who is my neighbor?' In answer Jesus said, 'A man was once on his
way down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of bandits;
they stripped him, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead.
Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he
saw the man, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite
who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side. But a
Samaritan traveler who came on him was moved with compassion when he
saw him. He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and
wine on them. He then lifted him onto his own mount and took him to an
inn and looked after him. Next day, he took out two denarii and handed
them to the innkeeper and said, "Look after him, and on my way back I
will make good any extra expense you have." Which of these three, do
you think, proved himself a neighbor to the man who fell into the
bandits' hands?' He replied, 'The one who showed pity towards him.'
Jesus said to him, 'Go, and do the same yourself.'
To love God means to love His most wonderful creation – mankind. That
is why God lets the sun shine on good people and bad people alike. God
loves all people. And if we want to follow Christ, we should also love
all people. The one who loves the neighbor is the one who loves God.
First we need to love the neighbor that we can see, before we can love
God whom we cannot see. And God manifests Himself through the
neighbor. That is why the Lord presents himself as the weak, the
oppressed, the downtrodden, the least of all the brethren to
illustrate that to follow Christ is to love the most unlovable people.
Think for a moment those whom you detest , or shun away, or refuse to
love. These are the very people who Christ invites us to take pity and
to consider loving.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Lydia, Kevin Francis Christian, Darlita, Pamela, Kwai
- Renzo M. Ponce De Leon,Dr. Janet Santos, Patrick Lara, Carlito
Mangapit, Fernando Brimbuela
- Abraham A
… for the personal intentions of
- Bong Lacida
- Josheil Dapo
- Francis Torres
… In Thanksgiving: Peter and Christine Kairuz, Jun Nabua, Cecila San
Juan, Lea Ting
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Angel Pe
- Josifina, Juan Sr., Iluminada, Leoncio, Trinidad, Ciano, Mam Inday,
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: Domingo B. Boy, Jr.
- Birthday: Celia T. Martinez
- Birthday: Paul Louie Ngo Sy
… 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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