Friday, September 02, 2011




Col 1:21-23 / Ps 54:3-4, 6, 8 / Lk 6:1-5

You yourselves were once estranged and opposed to God because of your
evil deeds, but now God has reconciled you in the human body of his
Son through his death, so that you may be without fault, holy and
blameless before him. Only stand firm, upon the foundation of your
faith, and be steadfast in hope. Keep in mind the Gospel you have
heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, and of
which I, Paul, became a minister.

LUKE 6:1-5
One Sabbath, Jesus was going through the corn fields and his disciples
began to pick heads of grain crushing them in their hands for food.
Some of the Pharisees asked them, "Why do you do what is forbidden on
the sabbath?" Then Jesus spoke, "Have you never read what David did
when he and his men were hungry? He entered the house of God, took and
ate the bread of the offering and even gave some to his men, though
only priests are allowed to eat that bread." And Jesus added, "The Son
of Man is Lord and rules over the sabbath."

Laws are enacted because we need order. They are also enacted to spell
out to the people what should and shouldn't be done. There are bases
and reasons why laws are written. When the Israelites left Egypt for
the Promised Land, they were always griping how life was so hard.
Since they had lived a lifetime of bondage, they had difficulty
adjusting to a life of freedom. Thus, Moses wrote down laws to make it
easier for them. Later on it was these Mosaic Laws that governed the
Israelites to the point that their lives were constricted by them. The
Pharisees and the Scribes strictly enforced these laws to show their
dominance and superiority.

But Jesus saw through the motives of the Pharisees. "Is it unlawful to
help people on the Sabbath?" In our present situation, are we going to
be indifferent to what is happening around us because the law
disallows us to do something?

The basis for everything in our life should be God's love. Justice and
mercy are ex tended to everyone. All laws and ordinances follow these
bases, not pettiness, not superiority, nor dominance. Rulers, whatever
their political systems are, should craft laws with God's love wrapped
in it. They should not be too legalistic; they should be simple.

Jesus lifts his hand to cure the sick on the Sabbath. David picks up
grains across a field of wheat. What matters is that their action has
done good for others. Jesus makes a sick man well, David is able to
lead his men to victory against a despotic ruler. It is in this spirit
that we should live our lives. Follow the laws for they were given to
us with God's blessings. But, look to the bases and reasons why they
were enacted.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Tom
- Jayson Ortile
- Juna Pobre
- Adela Baylon
- Anna
- Wilfredo Tadiosa
- Mrs. Loida Buensalida, Ysabel Generoso, Mrs. Ochie Padilla
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Rose Villanueva
- Birthday: Ma. Lourdes Simbol
- Birthday: Bernadette C. De Jesus
- Birthday: Atty. Rowie Cordon
- Birthday: Andres Celso Estrella Bate
- Wedding Anniversary: Louie & Liza Bate
- In Memoriam (+): Andres Son Keng Po
- In Memoriam (+): Cesar Bengson
… for families who are in need of healing
… 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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