Sunday, September 11, 2011
MONDAY 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
MONDAY 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
1 Tm 2:1-8 / Ps 28:2, 7, 8-9 / Lk 7:1-10
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-8
First of all I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanks
giving be made for everyone, for rulers of states and all in
authority, that we may enjoy a quiet and peaceful life in godliness
and respect. This is good and pleases God. For he wants all to be
saved and come to the knowledge of truth. As there is one God, there
is one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself
human, who gave his life for the redemption of all. This is the
testimony, given in its proper time, and of this, God has made me
apostle and herald. I am not lying, I am telling the truth: He made me
teacher of the nations regarding faith and truth. I want the men in
every place to lift pure hands in prayer to heaven without anger and
When Jesus had finished teaching the people, he went to Capernaum.
There was a captain whose servant was very sick and near to death, a
man very dear to him. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent some
elders of the Jews to persuade him to come and save his servant's
life. The elders came to Jesus and begged him earnestly, saying, "He
deserves this of you, for he loves our people and even built a
synagogue for us." Jesus went with them. He was not far from the
house, when the captain sent friends to give this message, "Sir, do
not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to welcome you under my
roof. You see, I didn't approach you myself. Just give the order, and
my servant will be healed. For I myself, a junior officer, give orders
to my soldiers, and I say to this one, `Go!' and he goes; and to the
other, `Come!' and he comes; and to my servant, `Do this!' and he does
it." On hearing these words, Jesus was filled with admiration. He
turned and said to the people with him, "I say to you, not even in
Israel have I found such great faith." The people, sent by the
captain, went back to his house; there they found that the servant was
The central figure in today's reading is the centurion who gives us
several points for our reflection, but let us just dwell on two of
them. First, the virtue of faith. As an officer in the Roman army, he
certainly knew what authority meant. It was because of his very strong
faith in the authority of Jesus that he said – "Just speak the word
and my servant will be healed." All of us have, at some time in our
lives, experienced moments of desolation. How much faith did we have,
to firmly believe and be confident that Jesus has complete power and
control over our seemingly hopeless situation?
Second point – the Christian meaning of love. During those times, a
slave was looked upon almost like someone who could be disposed of in
any manner as the master pleased. The love demonstrated by the
centurion for his ailing slave serves as a strong point for reflection
in our personal relationships with all our brothers and sisters in
whatever status of life. It brings to mind an incident about a friend
whose housemaid had to leave her son in the province in order to work
in Manila. While she was at work, her son became gravely ill and had
to be hospitalized. This friend told his maid that her son would be in
his prayers, and that in the morning, she could use his van to fetch
her son to avail of medical attention in Manila. The following
morning, her that her son's fever had subsided. Shades of the love,
generosity, and faith of the centurion!
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Betty L. Ngo and Lisa Chan
- Linda O, Delores, Mrs C, John C, Frank, Gene, Eugene R, Kristen,
- Vergara Family
- Andrew G.
… for the personal intentions of
- Julie and Glenn Manzon, Glenda and Joel Bisco, Ma Fe and Florante De
Castro, Mary Ann Castro, Estelita and Salvador Escamilla, Domingo Jr.
and Fe Barayoga, Churchill and Marichu Barayoga, John Dale and Glenn
- Veronica Yap
- Josheil Dapo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Yu Cho Teng
- Anna McAvoy
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: Luz S. Lim
- Birthday: Donnie J. Salvador
- Wedding Anniversary: Cesar & Mayet Tiongson
- In Memoriam (+): Benito T. Tan (Aug 23, 1922-Sept 12, 1998)+
… 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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