Wednesday, October 12, 2011



OCTOBER 13, 2011

Rom 3:21-29 / Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 / Lk 11:47-54

ROMANS 3:21-29
But, now it has been revealed altogether apart from the Law, as it was
already foretold in the Law and the Prophets: God makes us righteous
by means of faith in Jesus Christ, and this is applied to all who
believe, without distinction of persons. Because all have sinned and
all fall short of the Glory of God; and all are graciously forgiven
and made righteous through the redemption effected in Christ Jesus.
For God has given him to be the victim whose blood obtains us
forgiveness through faith. So God shows us how he makes us righteous.
Past sins are forgiven which God overlooked till now. For now he wants
to reveal his way of righteousness: how he is just and how he makes us
righteous through faith in Jesus. Then what becomes of our pride? It
is excluded. How? Not through the Law and its observances, but through
another law which is faith. For we hold that people are in God's grace
by faith and not because of all the things ordered by the Law.
Otherwise, God would be the God of the Jews; but is he not God of
pagan nations as well?

LUKE 11:47-54
Jesus said to the Pharisees, "A curse is on you, for you build
memorials to the prophets your ancestors killed. So you approve and
agree with what your ancestors did. Is it not so? They got rid of the
prophets, and now you can build!" (The Wisdom of God also said,) "I
will send prophets and apostles and this people will kill and
persecute some of them. But the present generation will have to answer
for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the
foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of
Zechariah, who was murdered between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes,
I tell you, the people of this time will have to answer for them all.
"A curse is on you, teachers of the Law, for you have taken the key of
knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you prevented others
from entering." As Jesus left that place, the teachers of the Law and
the Pharisees began to harass him, asking him endless questions,
setting traps to catch him in something he might say.

In today's Gospel, we find Jesus amidst the teachers of the law and
the Pharisees. He chastises them for honoring the prophets which their
own ancestors participated in killing. He was making them aware of
their actions and attitudes towards these prophets for whom they make
memorials. The commentary of this passage from the Christian Community
Bible says: "Jesus states that the Pharisees and the teachers of the
law will be mainly responsible for the persecution against the First
Christians." Jesus also declared that the punishment for this
persecution will fall on the present generation.

The warning of Jesus is equally relevant for our situation today.
Sometimes we build a church that is so exclusive that the poor people
are considered outsiders. There are many Christian communities that
see themselves as superior and more Christian than the others. If we
live like them, then let us listen to Jesus' warning. Let us listen to
the cry of the poor and those oppressed for a long time as they put
their trust and hope in the Lord. Let our own cry today be prayer of
hope in the unfailing love of God, and ask that His love will
transform our lives so that we can live as true Christians in word and

Going against corruption, greed, pride and all manifestations of self-
centeredness can be very challenging. In doing so, we can be
criticized by our own friends and families. Are we ready to live and
face the consequence of being true witnesses of Christ today? Can we
live with trust in God that He will stand with us and be present in
our lives? Let us ask for this grace of trust and stronger faith so we
can be "prophets" to all the people we meet.

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
- Patricia White
…In Thanksgiving: Marge
… for the personal intentions of the Marquez clan
- Belinda Cadiente
- Cresencia Davis
- Josheil Dapo
… 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: Anie Ang
- Birthday: Belle S. Gregorio
- Birthday: Beth Omahoy
- Birthday: Celedonia Manalo
- Birthday: Margarita Naval Fabella
- Birthday: Espie Sim
… 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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