Friday, October 08, 2010
SATURDAY 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SATURDAY 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
As it is, scripture makes no exception when it says that sin is master
everywhere; so the promise can be given only by faith in Jesus Christ
to those who have this faith. But before faith came, we were kept
under guard by the Law, locked up to wait for the faith which would
eventually be revealed to us. So the Law was serving as a slave to
look after us, to lead us to Christ, so that we could be justified by
faith. But now that faith has come we are no longer under a slave
looking after us; for all of you are the children of God, through
faith, in Christ Jesus, since every one of you that has been baptised
has been clothed in Christ. There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there
can be neither slave nor freeman, there can be neither male nor female
-- for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And simply by being Christ's,
you are that progeny of Abraham, the heirs named in the promise.
It happened that as he was speaking, a woman in the crowd raised her
voice and said, 'Blessed the womb that bore you and the breasts that
fed you!' But he replied, 'More blessed still are those who hear the
word of God and keep it!'
The woman in today's gospel reading who had the highest praise for
Mary had great insight. She sensed the greatness of Jesus. Probably,
deep down in her heart she felt that Jesus was the promised Messiah.
But from Jesus' greatness, she is able to infer the greatness of Mary.
It is obvious to her that whoever produced Jesus, this masterpiece of
humanity, must have been a masterpiece of humanity herself. And she is
The humanity of Jesus is Mary's masterpiece. All of what she is, she
imparted to Jesus. While we cannot credit Mary with the perfections of
Jesus' divinity, we would be doing Mary a grave injustice to think
that Jesus' human virtues and perfections were not positively impacted
by her example.
God desired Jesus to come into this world like every one of us, as an
infant, and so Jesus needed a mother. God wanted him to have the
finest mother, a perfect mother, and so he gave Mary many gifts,
starting with her Immaculate Conception, preserving her from original
sin. Being truly human, Jesus had to learn just like any one of us.
Because of his divinity, his human capacities were untainted by sin,
but it was Mary who taught him how to use them in the everyday life of
the family until they were perfect, just as any mother would.
Mary was the perfect one to bring out all the perfections in Jesus'
human nature. To educate does not mean to just give knowledge. In its
fullest sense, it means to train in virtue. Mary's continuous example
of virtue, hearing the word of God and putting it into practice, was
certainly compelling for Jesus in his educational upbringing.
Let us ask Jesus today that since he has already given us Mary to be
our mother, to ask her to educate us also, to form us in all the
virtues the way she formed them in him. Let us love Mary as Jesus did
and be dependent on her as a child would be and truly love her as our
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
- 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
- Cherie Torres
- Renan and Bong Lacida
- Josheil Dapo
- Angeli and Jan Roderick
.. 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
- Dan Rover Abrina
- Mrs. Belen R. King
- Nanang Veronica Jaucian
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: Teresita C. Uy
- Birthday: Irene Dee Dy
- Birthday: Kelly Lim Bate
- Birthday: Sy Sang Yao
- Birthday: Cora Chiong
- Birthday: Ellery S. Lim
- In Memoriam (+): Jose John C. Payawal
… 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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