Friday, October 29, 2010



OCTOBER 30, 2010

But what does it matter? Only that in both ways, whether with false
motives or true, Christ is proclaimed, and for that I am happy; and I
shall go on being happy, too, because I know that this is what will
save me, with your prayers and with the support of the Spirit of Jesus
Christ; all in accordance with my most confident hope and trust that I
shall never have to admit defeat, but with complete fearlessness I
shall go on, so that now, as always, Christ will be glorified in my
body, whether by my life or my death. Life to me, of course, is
Christ, but then death would be a positive gain. On the other hand
again, if to be alive in the body gives me an opportunity for fruitful
work, I do not know which I should choose. I am caught in this
dilemma: I want to be gone and to be with Christ, and this is by far
the stronger desire- and yet for your sake to stay alive in this body
is a more urgent need. This much I know for certain, that I shall stay
and stand by you all, to encourage your advance and your joy in the
faith, so that my return to be among you may increase to overflowing
your pride in Jesus Christ on my account.

LUKE 14:1, 7-11
Now it happened that on a Sabbath day he had gone to share a meal in
the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him
closely. He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how
they picked the places of honor. He said this, 'When someone invites
you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honor. A
more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the
person who invited you both may come and say, "Give up your place to
this man." And then, to your embarrassment, you will have to go and
take the lowest place. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the
lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say,
"My friend, move up higher." Then, everyone with you at the table will
see you honored. For everyone who raises himself up will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be raised up.'

One Sabbath, Jesus went to dine at the home of a prominent Pharisee.
Since places at the table were closely tied to one's social standing,
guests were subtly milling near the seat of highest honor. Jesus saw
it all, and told them that they should avoid seeking the place of
honor, for in so doing, they actually set themselves up for

People have always been vain about social status. People have this
insatiable desire to have more than others, be better than others. We
live as "little gods" in our own self-made "little kingdoms," forget
ting that there is a God whose supremacy far surpasses all our
illusions of power and grandeur.

Places of honor are earned through good works and humble service.
There is a direct correlation between social status and servanthood.
"He to whom much is given, much is expected". Hence, we live the words
of Jesus, "For he who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who
humbles himself will be exalted."

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jaime Cabanilla
- Mila
- Dan Camandero
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres, Fleur Torres, Peping Torres
- Ferdie
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Orpha Balilla-Tadiosa
- Margie Ponce De Leon
- Josheil Dapo
- Pauline
- Veronica Yap
- Luis Torres
- Doris Laxamana
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Anthony Yang
- Natalia O. Abella, Telesforo Ritumalta, Vicenta Ritumalta, Alberto
F. Atrero, Noemi Porcadillo
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: Elimar C. Espinosa
… 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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