Thursday, October 07, 2010
FRIDAY 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
FRIDAY 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Be sure, then, that it is people of faith who are the children of
Abraham. And it was because scripture foresaw that God would give
saving justice to the gentiles through faith, that it announced the
future gospel to Abraham in the words: All nations will be blessed in
you. So it is people of faith who receive the same blessing as
Abraham, the man of faith. On the other hand, all those who depend on
the works of the Law are under a curse, since scripture says: Accursed
be he who does not make what is written in the book of the Law
effective, by putting it into practice. Now it is obvious that nobody
is reckoned as upright in God's sight by the Law, since the upright
will live through faith; and the Law is based not on faith but on the
principle, whoever complies with it will find life in it. Christ
redeemed us from the curse of the Law by being cursed for our sake
since scripture says: Anyone hanged is accursed, so that the blessing
of Abraham might come to the gentiles in Christ Jesus, and so that we
might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
But some of them said, 'It is through Beelzebul, the prince of devils,
that he drives devils out.' Others asked him, as a test, for a sign
from heaven; but, knowing what they were thinking, he said to them,
'Any kingdom which is divided against itself is heading for ruin, and
house collapses against house. So, too, with Satan: if he is divided
against himself, how can his kingdom last? - since you claim that it
is through Beelzebul that I drive devils out. Now if it is through
Beelzebul that I drive devils out, through whom do your own sons drive
them out? They shall be your judges, then. But if it is through the
finger of God that I drive devils out, then the kingdom of God has
indeed caught you unawares. So long as a strong man fully armed guards
his own home, his goods are undisturbed; but when someone stronger
than himself attacks and defeats him, the stronger man takes away all
the weapons he relied on and shares out his spoil. 'Anyone who is not
with me is against me; and anyone who does not gather in with me
throws away. 'When an unclean spirit goes out of someone it wanders
through waterless country looking for a place to rest, and not finding
one it says, "I will go back to the home I came from." But on arrival,
finding it swept and tidied, it then goes off and brings seven other
spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and set up house
there, and so that person ends up worse off than before.'
The enemies of Jesus, unable to control the growing number of his
followers through his teachings by parables and the miracles he
performed, resorted to using foul strategies – accusing him of
deriving power from the devil. In effect, this strategy was a form of
defamation of his character. His reply – that a kingdom divided
against itself cannot survive – silenced them.
But there is yet another aspect of this reading which is a suggested
reflection today – the maligning strategy of his enemies. How often
have we fallen into these same lapses, unleashing degrading remarks
about a person we dislike, highlighting his weaknesses, forgetting
that he, too, shares in God's goodness? It is unfortunate, and sad,
that we sometimes prefer to see the bad over the good traits of
others, their weaknesses instead of their strengths.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Don, Felix, Angela, Norma, Jesus, Henrietta, Vivian
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres, Peping Torres, John Lawrence
- Lydia, Kevin Francis Christian, Darlita, Pamela, Kwai
- Mike Torres, John Lawrence
- Mariquit Sillarico and Ernesto Gayn Jr.
- Sahara Victoria Carandan, Renzo M. Ponce De Leon
- Carlos Vidanes
- Gabriel dela Cruz
- Collin Reyes, Tintin Basco
- Fr Simon Yong, SJ
… for the personal intentions of
- Judy, Kristine, Rica, Eunice, Maryann
- Cherie Torres
- Renan and Bong Lacida
- Josheil Dapo
.. In Thanksgiving: Dr. Janet Santos, Mark Anthony Lao, Kevin Harder,
Bernard Macababat, Yolly C. de la Cruz, Diane Luna
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Caridad Amaranto Villanueva
- Dan Rover Abrina
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: Rodolfo Siason
- Birthday: Harley R. Reburiano
- Birthday: Aida Inocentes Capistrano
- Birthday: Rev. Fr. Arnold Aurillo
- In Memoriam (+): Sebastian Dee
- In Memoriam (+): Rosario Peronilla
… 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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