Sunday, October 02, 2011



OCTOBER 3, 2011

Jon 1:1—2:1, 11 / Ps 2:2, 3, 4, 5, 8 / Lk 10:25-37

JONAH 1:1—2:1, 11
The word of Yahweh came to Jonah, son of Amittai, "Go to Nineveh, the
great city, and preach against it, because I have known its
wickedness." But Jonah decided to flee from Yahweh and go to Tarshish.
He went down to Joppa, found a ship bound for Tarshish, and paid the
fare. Then he boarded it and went into the hold of the ship,
journeying with them to Tarshish, far away from Yahweh. Yahweh stirred
up a storm wind on the sea, so there was a sea tempest, which
threatened to destroy the ship. The sailors took fright, and each
cried out to his own god. To lighten the ship, they threw its cargo
into the sea. Meanwhile Jonah had gone into the hold of the ship,
where he lay fast asleep. The captain came upon him and said, "How can
you sleep? Get up and call on your god. Perhaps he will be mindful of
us and will not allow us to die here." The sailors said to each other,
"Let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this disaster."
So they did, and the lot fell on Jonah. They questioned him, "So you
are responsible for this evil that has come upon us? Tell us where you
are from. What is your country, your nationality?" And Jonah told them
his story, "I am a Hebrew and I worship Yahweh, God of heaven who made
the sea and the land…." As they knew that he was fleeing from Yahweh,
the sailors were seized with great fear and said to him, "What a
terrible thing have you done!" "What shall we do with you now to make
the sea calm down?" The sea was growing more and more agitated. He
said to them, "Pick me up and throw me into the sea. It will quiet
down, for I know it is because of me that this storm has come." The
sailors, however, still did their best to row back to land. But they
could not, for the sea had grown much rougher than before. Then they
called on Yahweh, "O Yahweh, do not let us perish for taking this
man's life. Do not hold us guilty of shedding innocent blood. For you,
Yahweh, have done this as you have thought right." They took Jonah and
threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm again. At this the
men were seized with great fear of Yahweh. They offered a sacrifice to
Yahweh and made vows to him. Yahweh provided a large fish which
swallowed Jonah. He remained in the belly of the fish for three days
and three nights. Then Yahweh gave his command to the fish, and it
belched out Jonah onto dry land.

LUKE 10:25-37
Then a teacher of the Law came and began putting Jesus to the test.
And he said, "Master, what shall I do to receive eternal life?" Jesus
replied, "What is written in the Scripture? How do you understand it?"
The man answered, "It is written: You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and
with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Jesus replied, "What a good answer! Do this and you shall live." The
man wanted to justify his question, so he asked, "Who is my neighbor?"
Jesus then said, "There was a man going down from Jerusalem to
Jericho, and he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him,
beat him and went off, leaving him half-dead. It happened that a
priest was going along that road and saw the man, but passed by on the
other side. Likewise a Levite saw the man, and passed by on the other
side. But a Samaritan also was going that way, and when he came upon
the man, he was moved with compassion. He went over to him, and
cleaned his wounds with oil and wine, and wrapped them in bandages.
Then he put him on his own mount, and brought him to an inn, where he
took care of him. The next day he had to set off; but he gave two
silver coins to the innkeeper, and said, `Take care of him, and
whatever you spend on him, I will repay when I return.'" Jesus then
asked, "Which of these three, do you think, made himself neighbor to
the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The teacher of the Law
answered, "the one who had mercy on him." And Jesus said, "Then go and
do the same."

The parable of the Good Samaritan is one that we have read hundreds of
times to say the least. The lessons can be so obvious and plain. The
challenge of the parable of the Good Samaritan however continues to be
relevant as it invites us time and again to be neighbor to each other.
Often we dread at the idea of having to consider every single person
we meet as a neighbor. That is just absolutely unthinkable! For most
of us, that is where we'd have to draw the line! Certainly, the degree
to which we become neighbor to others is largely depended on how much
inconvenience we can tolerate.

Yet, the challenge posed to all is to be neighbor to others. While
certainly not easy to do, seeing one as neighbor determines to a large
ex tent our action and defines the depth of the help we ex tend to
them in their situation. The parable challenges all of us to see those
around us with our Lord's eyes and relate to them with our Lord's
heart. Only then can one regard another as neighbor. Lord, forgive us
for the countless times we have failed to see you in others. Teach us
your ways and make us instruments of your presence and love to our

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of:
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Elizabeth Mah
- Peter Lim
- Marge, Linda O, Mary Ann, Delores, Maureen, Kristen, Frank, Eugene
R, John C, Betty B
- Susan Sanchez
- Normita Siaco
- Candido S.
… for the personal intentions of
- Mary Wong
- Glenn and Julie Manzon, Glenda and Joel Bisco, Marichu and Churchill
Barayoga, Estelita and Salvador Escamilla, Mary Castro, Domingo Jr and
Edralyn Barayoga, Ma. Fe and Florante De Castro, John Dale and Glenn
Dale Manzon, Marites Pinon, Jocelyn and Noli Caparida, Jeremy & Edwin
Victorino, Imelda and Edwin Bacolod, Melinda Sarmiento, Emmanuel and
Melinda Dabay
- Meghan & Dana
… In thanksgiving: Barayoga Family, Manzon Family
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Lamberto V. Villacorta Sr.
Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him.
May he and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam (+): Peter Ong
… 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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