Monday, September 10, 2012



SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

1 Cor 6:1- 11 / Lk 6:12-19

When you have a complaint against a brother, how dare you bring it before pagan judges instead of bringing it before God's people? Do you not know that you shall one day judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you incapable of judging such simple problems? Do you not know that we will even judge the angels? And could you not decide every day affairs? But when you have ordinary cases to be judged, you bring them before those who are of no account in the Church! Shame on you! Is there not even one among you wise enough to be the arbiter among believers? But no. One of you brings a suit against another one, and files that suit before unbelievers. It is already a failure that you have suits against each other. Why do you not rather suffer wrong and receive some damage? But no. You wrong and injure others, and those are your brothers and sisters. Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Make no mistake about it: those who lead sexually immoral lives, or worship idols, or who are adulterers, perverts, sodomites, or thieves, exploiters, drunkards, slanderers or embezzlers will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. Some of you were like that, but you have been cleansed and consecrated to God and have been set right with God by the Name of the Lord Jesus and the Spirit of our God.

LUKE 6:12-19
At this time Jesus went out into the hills to pray, spending the whole night in prayer with God. When day came, he called his disciples to him, and chose twelve of them, whom he called `apostles': Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James son of Alpheus and Simon called the Zealot; Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who would be the traitor. Coming down the hill with them, Jesus stood in an open plain. Many of his disciples were there and a large crowd of people, who had come from all parts of Judea and Jerusalem, and from the coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon. They gathered to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And people troubled by unclean spirits were cured. The entire crowd tried to touch him, because of the power that went out from him and healed them all.

When we reflect on some of the men Jesus chose, we have to wonder about his choices. Peter denied he ever knew Jesus. James and John: Jesus nicknamed them "sons of thunder." They wanted God to zap and incinerate a whole town with a thunderbolt because the villagers refused to accept Jesus among them. And then there was doubting Thomas. Nathanael who figured nothing good could ever come out of Nazareth. And Judas, who, today's gospel says, turned traitor.

The amazing thing in all this is that, with one notable exception, all the men Jesus chose repented for their misdeeds, changed their lifestyles, proclaimed the risen Lord and the kingdom, and testified to the Lord and the kingdom with their blood.

So Jesus, it seems, made the right choices, perhaps except for one. Why did Jesus choose Judas? We will never be able to answer this question with certitude, but perhaps we can speculate.

Certainly God offered this position to Judas, hoping he would respond to it as would the rest of the apostles. They accepted the grace, but ultimately only 11 chose to be faithful to it while Judas chose to be unfaithful. The mystery is not rooted in the mystery that is God, but in the mystery that is the human will, the human person.

God has called us. Each of us, of our own choice, makes decisions every day. Our everyday decisions will mark us as faithful or as unfaithful.

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
- Johnny, Fr Larry, Kristen, Jack, Tom, Derek, Tina, Mary Ann M, Cheryl, Delores & Gene L
… for the personal intentions of
- Pauline
- Beny Chua
…In Thanksgiving: Charito S. Gonzalez
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Atty. Cipriano Maribojoc
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: Tony Siy Tan & Toby Gotamco Tan
- Birthday: Frances Emmanuel Reyes
- Birthday: Pochito Villaluna
- Birthday: Diosdado Macapagal Jr.
- In Memoriam (+): Virginia Tan
- In Memoriam (+): Benidicta Uy
- In Memoriam (+): Macario C. 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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