Tuesday, October 04, 2011



OCTOBER 5, 2011

Jon 4:1-11 / Ps 86:3-4, 5-6, 9-10 / Lk 11:1-4

JONAH 4:1-11
But Jonah was greatly displeased at this, and he was indignant. He
prayed to Yahweh and said, "O Yahweh, is this not what I said when I
was yet in my own country? This is why I fled to Tar shish. I knew
that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and full of
love, and you relent from imposing terrible punishment. I beseech you
now, Yahweh, to take my life, for now it is better for me to die than
to live." But Yahweh replied, "What right have you to be angry?" Jonah
then left the city. He went to a place east of it, built himself a
shelter and sat under its shade to wait and see what would happen to
Nineveh. Then Yahweh God provided a castor-oil plant and made it grow
up over Jonah to give shade over his head and to ease his discomfort.
Jonah was very happy about the plant. But the next day, at dawn, God
sent a worm which attacked the plant and made it wither. When the sun
rose, God sent a scorching east wind; the sun blazed down upon Jonah's
head, and he grew faint. His death wish returned and he said, "It is
better for me to die than to live." Then God asked Jonah, "Do you have
a right to be angry about the castor-oil plant?" Jonah answered, "I am
right to be angry enough to wish to die." Yahweh said, "You are
concerned about a plant which cost you no labor to make it grow.
Overnight it sprang up, and overnight it perished. But Nineveh has
more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot distinguish
right from left and they have many cattle as well. Should I not be
concerned for such a great city?"

LUKE 11:1-4
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had
finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray,
as John also taught his disciples." And Jesus said to them, "When you
pray, say this: Father, may your name be held holy, may your kingdom
come; give us each day the kind of bread we need, and forgive us our
sins, for we also forgive all who do us wrong; and do not bring us to
the test."

If one person in a room full of people would ask which ones knew how
to pray, most of them would probably raise their hands. Most people
think they know how to pray. Though it may be true that we "pray." we
don't actually know how to pray the RIGHT way. In this gospel, Jesus
taught not only his disciples how to pray. He also taught us the right
manner of praying.

Growing up with a religious background, we would think that we have
learned every thing a Christian is supposed to know, including praying
the proper way, the way the Lord taught his disciples. We have read,
memorized, and recited many times the Lord's Prayer. But by now we
should have realized that we didn't really get to focus on what it is
meant for. It's not only to praise the Lord but, also to use it as a
reference to other prayers.

This Gospel should really be helpful especially in being able to reach
into our being and teach our soul the right way of praising the Lord.
We should be very thankful, and very humbled that we have understood
one of the many important and vital purposes of the Lord's Prayer. We
have a Father to look up to for all our daily needs, and hopefully,
this makes our hear ts more open, and in so doing, we become more like
His Son.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of:
- Marge, Linda O, Mary Ann, Delores, Maureen, Kristen, Frank, Eugene
R, John C, Betty B
- Susan Sanchez
- Normita Siaco
- Myra Lao Jucutan
- Jo Marcelo
- Mon Torres
- Albi Marrquez
… for the personal intentions of
- Meghan & Dana
- Pauline
…In Thanksgiving: Blues, Hope, Zhoey, Fonzi and Alon
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Teresita P. Cuevas
… 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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