Tuesday, September 18, 2012
WEDNESDAY 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, ST. JANUARIUS
WEDNESDAY 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
1 Cor 12:31-13:13 / Lk 7:31-35
1 CORINTHIANS 12:31-13:13
Be that as it may, set your hearts on the most precious gifts, and I will show you a much better way. If I could speak all the human and angelic tongues, but had no love, I would only be sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, knowing secret things with all kinds of knowledge, and had faith great enough to remove mountains, but had no love, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I had to the poor, and even give up my body to be burned, if I am without love, it would be of no value to me. Love is patient, kind, without envy. It is not boastful or arrogant. It is not ill-mannered nor does it seek its own interest. Love overcomes anger and forgets offenses. It does not take delight in wrong, but rejoices in truth. Love excuses everything, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love will never end. Prophecies may cease, tongues be silent and knowledge disappear. For knowledge grasps something of the truth and prophecy as well. And when what is perfect comes, everything imperfect will pass away. When I was a child I thought and reasoned like a child, but when I grew up, I gave up childish ways. Likewise, at present we see dimly as in a mirror, but then it shall be face to face. Now we know in part, but then I will know as I am known. Now we have faith, hope and love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.
What comparison can I use for this people? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace, about whom their companions complain, `We piped you a tune and you wouldn't dance; we sang funeral songs and you wouldn't cry.' Remember John: he didn't eat bread or drink wine, and you said, `He has an evil spirit.' Next came the Son of Man, eating and drinking, and you say, `Look, a glutton for food and wine, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' But the children of Wisdom always recognize her work."
In this Gospel, Jesus was referring to the Pharisees and teachers of Moses' Law who methodically rejected God's plan and, in this case, refused to be baptized by John. Without compassion, nothing seemed to please them – what others would categorize as "damned if they do, damned if they don't." These critical persons justified their inconsistency. They liked to be dressed richly as befitting their station in life and expected to be seated at the places of honor at the table. They had nothing good to say or do for the poor and the lowly whom they despised, even demanding tithes from widows who had no means of support. Yet as teachers of the Law of Moses, they were tasked to carry out justice and charity to all.
They looked down on Jesus as just a lowly carpenter from Nazareth, a very insignificant town. Who were his constant companions? Unlettered fishermen. And who was John to baptize men such as themselves? "A voice crying out in the wilderness" preparing for the coming of the Messiah. But he was only clothed in animal skin and survived on a diet of desert insects and honey with nary a cup of wine to drink. They thought John crazy but at the same time said Jesus was a glutton because he ate and drank wine.
Jesus had no problem in dealing with such a group, reserving his harshest words for describing these worldly priests.
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
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
… for the personal intentions of
- Luis Gonzalez
- Beny Chua
… In Memoriam: Eriberta C. Calvario
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Lourdes Chan
- Kaye Factoran
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: Diane Cruz
- Birthday: Lily C. Gaw
- Wedding Anniversary: Amada & Henry Go
- In Memoriam (+): Henry Tang
- In Memoriam (+): Roman S. Bate
… 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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