Friday, August 31, 2012
SATURDAY 21ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SATURDAY 21ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
1 Cor 1:26-31 / Mt 25:14-30
1 CORINTHIANS 1:26-31
Brothers and sisters, look and see whom God has called. Few among you can be said to be cultured or wealthy, and few belong to noble families. Yet God has chosen what the world considers foolish, to shame the wise; he has chosen what the world considers weak to shame the strong. God has chosen common and un important people, making use of what is nothing to nullify the things that are, so that no mortal may boast before God. But, by God's grace you are in Christ Jesus, who has become our wisdom from God, and who makes us just and holy and free. Scripture says: Let the one who boasts boast of the Lord.
Imagine someone who, before going abroad, summoned his servants to entrust his property to them. He gave five talents of silver to one servant, two talents to another servant, and one talent to a third, to each according to his ability; and he went away. He who received five talents went at once to do business with the money, and gained another five. The one who received two talents did the same, and gained another two. But the one who received one talent dug a hole, and hid his master's money. After a long time, the master of those servants returned and asked for a reckoning. The one who had received five talents came with another five talents, saying, `Lord, you entrusted me with five talents, but see, I have gained five more.' The master answered, `Very well, good and faithful servant, since you have been faithful in a few things, I will entrust you with much more. Come and share the joy of your master.' Then the one who had received two talents came and said, `Lord, you entrusted me with two talents; with them I have gained two more.' The master said, `Well, good and faithful servant, since you have been faithful in little things, I will entrust you with much more. Come and share the joy of your master.' Finally, the one who had received one talent came and said, `Master, I know that you are a hard man. You reap what you have not sown, and gather what you have not scattered. I was afraid, so I hid your money in the ground. Here, take what is yours!' But his master replied, `Wicked and worthless servant, you know that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered; so you should have deposited my money in the bank, and on my return you would have given it back to me with interest. Therefore, take the talent from him, and give it to the one who has ten. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who are unproductive, even what they have will be taken from them. As for that useless servant, throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
The message of today's Gospel parable is simple: the Christian is a person who must put himself at risk. The first two servants made a profit and make their master happy.
But why must a Christian put himself at risk? At the heart of Christianity is Christ's commandment to love God and neighbor. God will demand of those who claim to love Him that all aspects of their lives, be expressions of Christian values. This will mean very often `take up your cross, die to yourself, follow My Son.' In this matter, as in all others, it is Christ who shows us the way.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
… for the personal intentions of Romeo, Nilo and Marian
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Eriberta Calvario
- Antonio Evangelista
- Victoria Tayag Dychioco
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: Rev. Fr. James D' Souza
- Birthday: Juan Miguel Reyes
- Birthday: Augusto Paulo B. Dizon
- Wedding Anniversary: David & Lucy Lim
- In Memoriam (+): Benson Dy Chua (Dec 15, 1945 - Sep 1, 2000)+
- In Memoriam (+): Ellen Young Dy (Aug 19, 1928 - Sep 1, 1998)+
- In Memoriam (+): Tan Ching Pay+
- In Memoriam (+): Elpidio Yuson Dizon MD
- In Memoriam (+): Marie Louise Cheng Fainsan
- In Memoriam (+): Domingo C. Tiong
… 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.
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