Friday, October 22, 2010
SATURDAY 29TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SATURDAY 29TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
On each one of us God's favour has been bestowed in whatever way
Christ allotted it. That is why it says: He went up to the heights,
took captives, he gave gifts to humanity. When it says, 'he went up',
it must mean that he had gone down to the deepest levels of the earth.
The one who went down is none other than the one who went up above all
the heavens to fill all things. And to some, his 'gift' was that they
should be apostles; to some prophets; to some, evangelists; to some,
pastors and teachers; to knit God's holy people together for the work
of service to build up the Body of Christ, until we all reach unity in
faith and knowledge of the Son of God and form the perfect Man, fully
mature with the fullness of Christ himself. Then we shall no longer be
children, or tossed one way and another, and carried hither and
thither by every new gust of teaching, at the mercy of all the tricks
people play and their unscrupulousness in deliberate deception. If we
live by the truth and in love, we shall grow completely into Christ,
who is the head by whom the whole Body is fitted and joined together,
every joint adding its own strength, for each individual part to work
according to its function. So the body grows until it has built itself
up in love.
It was just about this time that some people arrived and told him
about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their
sacrifices. At this he said to them, 'Do you suppose that these
Galileans were worse sinners than any others, that this should have
happened to them? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent
you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen on whom the tower
at Siloam fell, killing them all? Do you suppose that they were more
guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I
tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.'
He told this parable, 'A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard,
and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to his
vinedresser, "For three years now I have been coming to look for fruit
on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be
taking up the ground?" "Sir," the man replied, "leave it one more year
and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next
year; if not, then you can cut it down." '
During the period between his Resurrection and his Ascension, Jesus'
main concern was to strengthen and console his dispirited disciples.
So he would appear to them time and again in his human form to
reassure them that he was thinking of them even if he was not always
physically present among them.
In this letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul tells his faithful how
Christ takes care of his own. Upon his return to heaven, Jesus
showered gifts on his disciples to enhance their individual abilities
and to help them carry on the work of the church. So it was that,
enlightened by the Holy Spirit, the disciples spread out with courage
to all parts of the world to continue to work of salvation of Jesus.
We can believe that his special gifts will be granted to many others,
not only to priests but to laymen as well. Furthermore, we would like
to believe that those who try in their own way to live and spread the
Good News, to support the church by Apostolic action, would be graced
by his blessings in a like manner.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
-Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres, Peping Torres
-Angela, Hennie, Jesus, Norma, Don
-Marrion V. Ponce de Leon, Tarynn Ponce de Leon, Shannon Ponce de
… for the personal intentions of
… for the healing and peace of all families
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
-Birthday: Paul John Reyes
-Birthday: Sheryl Rung Sheh Lim
-In Memoriam (+): Mercedes Sy
-In Memoriam (+): Crescencia D. Lao
-In Memoriam (+): Chua Tiat
-In Memoriam (+): Aurelia Santos
-In Memoriam (+): Henry Dee ( May 1, 1926 - Oct 23, 2006)+
… 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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