Thursday, September 08, 2011
FRIDAY 23RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
MEMORIAL, ST. PETER CLAVER, PRIEST
FRIDAY 23RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
1 Tm 1:1-2, 12-14 / Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11 / Lk 6:39-42
1 TIMOTHY 1:1-2, 12-14
From Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus by a command of God our Savior and
of Christ Jesus our hope, to Timothy, my true son in the faith. May
God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy and
peace. I give thanks to Christ Jesus, our Lord, who is my strength,
who has considered me trust worthy and appointed me to his service,
although I had been a blasphemer, a persecutor and a rabid enemy.
However he took mercy on me because I did not know what I was doing
when I opposed the faith; and the grace of our Lord was more than
abundant, together with faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
And Jesus offered this example, "Can a blind person lead another blind
person? Surely both will fall into a ditch. A disciple is not above
the master; but when fully trained, he will be like the master. So why
do you pay attention to the speck in your brother's eye while you have
a log in your eye and are not conscious of it? How can you say to your
neighbor: `Friend, let me take this speck out of your eye,' when you
can't remove the log in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the log
from your own eye and when you will see clearly enough to remove the
speck from your neighbor's eye.
"Can a blind person guide another blind person?" The disciples are to
be leaders of the people, but they cannot be blind guides; they must
see the way first.
The saying here can have two meanings. In the context of "not
judging," it may refer to the recognition of one's own faults. If the
disciple has not learned self-criticism (removing the beam from his
eyes), he cannot lead others (removing splinter in the brother's eye).
In connection with the "disciple" and "teacher," the saying refers to
instruction in the Christian community (Acts 8:31). Clear vision is
needed in the guide (teacher), but since the pupil depends on the
teacher, the clear vision of the latter is all the more required. The
disciple can be a true guide only when he becomes like his teacher
Jesus. How can he do justice to his responsibility to others if he
himself has not been thoroughly grounded in God's word, if he has not
made it his own?
We tend to remake others into our own image and likeness, to judge
them in accordance with our standards. Jesus asks us to follow him to
fashion us in His likeness that we may judge from his perspective. His
illustration about the wooden beam in one's eye is close to his
experience as a carpenter. To carry a beam in the crowded streets of
Nazareth is to risk hit ting people. Not without irony, Jesus tells
the hypocrite that instead of minding his neighbor's business, he
would do better to watch out for the beam that may be oncoming. To see
the best side of others is a great gift.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Jonathan Salazar
- Wally Torres
- Mon Torres
- Luis Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Mrs. Loida Buensalida
…In Thanksgiving: Ochie and Ysabel
… for the personal intentions of
- priests and laity of Maninagar Parish
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Wilfredo Tadiosa
- Lamberto V. Villacorta Sr.
- Anna McAvoy
- Natividad Dizon
- Yu Cho Teng
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: Evelyn Bautista
- Birthday: Gianfranco V. Amurao
- Birthday: Joyce Tiu
- Birthday: Lily Dee
- Birthday: Angela Ong
- Wedding Anniversary: Benedict & Rachelle Tan
- Wedding Anniversary: Bernie & Grace Mercado
- In Memoriam (+): Natividad Lontoc de las Alas
… 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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