Tuesday, October 18, 2011



OCTOBER 19, 2011

Rom 6:12-18 / Ps 124:1-3, 4-6, 7-8 / Lk 12:39-48

ROMANS 6:12-18
Do not allow sin any control over your mortal bodies; do not submit
yourselves to its evil inclinations, and do not give your members over
to sin, as instruments to do evil. On the contrary, offer yourselves
as persons returned from death to life, and let the members of your
body be as holy instruments at the service of God. Sin will not lord
it over you again, for you are not under the law, but under grace. I
ask again: are we to sin because we are not under the Law, but under
grace? Certainly not. If you have given yourselves up to someone as
his slave, you are to obey the one who commands you, aren't you? Now
with sin you go to death, and by accepting faith you go the right way.
Let us give thanks to God for, after having sin as your master, you
have been given to another, that is, to the doctrine of faith, to
which you listen willingly. And being free from sin, you began to
serve true righteousness.

LUKE 12:39-48
Jesus said to his disciples, "Pay attention to this: If the master of
the house had known at what time the thief would come, he would not
have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son
of Man will come at an hour you do not expect." Peter said, "Lord, did
you tell this parable only for us, or for everyone?" And the Lord
replied, "Imagine, then, the wise and faithful steward whom the master
sets over his other servants to give them food rations at the proper
time. Fortunate is this servant if his master on coming home finds him
doing his work. Truly, I say to you, the master will put him in charge
of all his property. But it may be that the steward thinks: `My Lord
delays in coming,' and he begins to abuse the menservants and the
servant girls, eating and drinking and getting drunk. Then the master
will come on a day he does not expect him and at an hour he doesn't
know. He will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the
unfaithful. The servant who knew his master's will, but did not
prepare to do what his master wanted, will be punished with sound
blows; but the one who did what deserved a punishment without knowing
it shall receive fewer blows. Much will be required of the one who has
been given much, and more will be asked of the one entrusted with

Consider this situation of a boss of a big company and an employee.
The boss needs to go to another country because of a family emergency.
He entrusts the company to a trusted employee and leaves everything to
his care. The employee handles the company very well, at first. Then
he starts to slack of f and passes on his obligations to the other
workers. The boss returns and finds out what has happened and, of
course, gets disappointed. He punishes the wayward employee by
publicly firing him, making him leave with great humiliation.

That is the precise message of this Gospel. It tells us that we have
to do things right and follow His instructions while living on earth.
We wouldn't want to disappoint the Lord and lose His trust. He also
explains that "whoever knows what will happen, will be hit with many
blows," and that "those who don't know what is coming will be hit with
fewer blows" but, this is not an excuse. Knowing NOW what is going to
happen if we let the Lord down, we should behave according to His
instructions, and follow them with all our heart, with all our mind,
and with all our soul. Ignorance may be bliss, but better to study up
and be prepared instead of getting caught off guard. Like the saying
from one popular cartoon: "Knowing is half the battle."

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- William Ong
- Candido
- Susan
- Jo Marcelo
- Mon Torres
- Linda O, Mary Ann, Kristen, Debbie, Nancy, Maureen, Brian, Michael
G, Frank, Gene
- Gerry Bonoan
- Sister Teresa Carpio
… for the personal intentions of
- Pam and Eugene R
- Josheil Dapo
- Raymund Davis
- Cris Davis
- Chito and Mona
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Rosario Dizon
- Berni C. Espiritu
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: Archbishop Diosdado A. Talamayan, DD
- Wedding Anniversary: Rene & Lina Datu
- In Memoriam (+): Roque S. Chuakay
- In Memoriam (+): Agustin Coronel Dizon
… 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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