Friday, November 05, 2010
SATURDAY 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SATURDAY 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
As for me, I am full of joy in the Lord, now that at last your
consideration for me has blossomed again; though I recognize that you
really did have consideration before, but had no opportunity to show
it. I do not say this because I have lacked anything; I have learnt to
manage with whatever I have. I know how to live modestly, and I know
how to live luxuriously too: in every way now I have mastered the
secret of all conditions: full stomach and empty stomach, plenty and
poverty. There is nothing I cannot do in the One who strengthens me.
All the same, it was good of you to share with me in my hardships. In
the early days of the gospel, as you of Philippi well know, when I
left Macedonia, no church other than yourselves made common account
with me in the matter of expenditure and receipts. You were the only
ones; and what is more, you have twice sent me what I needed in
Thessalonica. It is not the gift that I value most; what I value is
the interest that is mounting up in your account. I have all that I
need and more: I am fully provided, now that I have received from
Epaphroditus the offering that you sent, a pleasing smell, the
sacrifice which is acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will
fulfil all your needs out of the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
'And so I tell you this: use money, tainted as it is, to win you
friends, and thus make sure that when it fails you, they will welcome
you into eternal dwellings. Anyone who is trustworthy in little things
is trustworthy in great; anyone who is dishonest in little things is
dishonest in great. If then you are not trustworthy with money, that
tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches? And if you are
not trustworthy with what is not yours, who will give you what is your
very own? 'No servant can be the slave of two masters: he will either
hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and
despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.'
The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and jeered at him. He
said to them, 'You are the very ones who pass yourselves off as
upright in people's sight, but God knows your hearts. For what is
highly esteemed in human eyes is loathsome in the sight of God.
God is so rich, and God is so generous. Today He tells us the two
sides of riches. Being rich is not wrong, for having money, using it
wisely and making riches productive is our responsibility. Entrusted
with abundance, let use whatever is given to us in a fruitful way. A
rich man invests his money in putting up businesses; in this way, he
hires people and gives them livelihoods. In this manner, families are
sustained. This domino effect multiplies its harvest and this is good
for riches become a blessing, not only for the rich man. The rich man
donates his profits, gives tithes to his church, reaches out to the
poor. By sharing his harvest, he is generous to the needy.
Having wealth is wrong when it is spent on vices such as drinking,
gambling, womanizing, drugs, etc. – because instead of building
communities, they destroy people, corrupt the soul – the very moral
fiber that makes us human.
So when God gives us blessings, let us turn it into blessings for
others. Only then can we honestly say that we have succeeded in
managing our God-given riches. And we do not need to shoe off to
others, for our God that sees us in secret will know our deeds.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Julie Manzon, John Dale Manzon, Dale Manzon
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres, Fleur Torres, Peping Torres
- Deacon Joe Nicholas
- Bong Lacida
… for the personal intentions of
- Luis Torres
- Josheil Dapo
… for the special intentions and guidance of Emma Quicho
… In Thanksgiving:
- Manzon Family, Barayoga Family
- Bob Barsotti
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Lourdes Barayog, Domingo Barayoga Sr., Charlie Castro
- Joel, Raul, Epifania
- Richard Raaum
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: Nini P. Del Carmen
- Birthday: Amelia R. Marin
- Birthday: Isabel Lopez Nazal
… 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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