Tuesday, October 11, 2011



OCTOBER 12, 2011

Rom 2:1-11 / Ps 62:2-3, 6-7, 9 / Lk 11:42-46

ROMANS 2:1-11
Therefore, you have no excuse, whoever you are, if you are able to
judge others. For in judging your neighbor, you condemn yourself, for
you practice what you are judging. We know that the condemnation of
God will justly reach those who commit these things, and do you think
that by condemning others you will escape from the judgment of God,
you who are doing the same? This would be taking advantage of God and
his infinite goodness, patience and understanding, and not to realize
that his goodness is in order to lead you to conversion. If your heart
becomes hard and you refuse to change, then you are storing for
yourself a great punishment on the day of judgment, when God will
appear as just judge. He will give each one his due, according to his
actions. He will give everlasting life to those who seek glory, honor
and immortality and persevere in doing good. But anger and vengeance
will be the lot of those who do not serve truth but injustice. There
will be suffering and anguish for everyone committing evil, first the
Jew, then the Greek. But God will give glory, honor and peace to
whoever does good, first the Jew then the Greek, because one is not
different from the other before God.

LUKE 11:42-46
Jesus said, "A curse is on you, Pharisees; for the Temple you give a
tenth of all, including mint and rue and the other herbs, but you
neglect justice and the love of God. This ought to be practiced,
without neglecting the other. A curse is on you, Pharisees, for you
love the best seats in the synagogues and to be greeted in the
marketplace. A curse is on you for you are like tombstones of the dead
which can hardly be seen; people don't notice them and make themselves
unclean by stepping on them." Then a teacher of the Law spoke up and
said, "Master, when you speak like this, you insult us, too." And
Jesus answered, "A curse is on you also, teachers of the Law. For you
prepare unbearable burdens and load them on the people, while you
yourselves don't move a finger to help them."

It's rush hour. A lot of people (including you) are busy running to
the office, to school, etc. A guy asks you something. You reply that
you're too busy or that you're in the middle of something.

Lots of people nowadays are like this: too busy to care about anything
except for their work. Do you ever think about the hurt you inflicted
on that person when you ignored him while you were trying to make it
to work? Do you have any qualms not even knowing what he wanted from

This is probably what the Lord is feeling right now. He's probably
hurt because either we're neglecting Him, or we're being hypocrites
who say that we love God but we're not even practicing it.

The Pharisees and the experts of the law during Jesus' time were like
this. They followed the Jewish law word for word, acting out of
"obligation," not desire. Jesus was hurt because he saw that his
people were only avoiding the punishment, instead of commit ting their
lives to God.

Learning how not to act out of fear of punishment has proven to us
that we are not a cowardly people because we're well aware that hell
is not a great place. It shouldn't scare us because we believe with
all our hearts that we are children of the Lord and that he is always
there by our side. Love conquers our anxieties and worries because, no
matter what, God's love prevails.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Candido
- Susan
- William Ong
- Jo Marcelo
- Mon Torres
- Linda O, Mary Ann, Delores, Debbie, Nancy, Maureen, Michael G,
Frank, Gene, Eugene R, Kristen, John C
- Rodrigo Raval
…In Thanksgiving: Marge
… for the personal intentions of the Marquez clan
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Thomas Diokno. 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.
- Birthday: Cyril S. Garcia
- Birthday: Cynthia Virtucio
- Thanksgiving: Uy Kim & Felisa L. Uy
… 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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