Sunday, September 23, 2012



SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

Prv 3:27-34 / Lk 8:16-18

PROVERBS 3:27-34
Do not hold back from those who ask your help, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, "Go away! Come another time; tomorrow I will give it to you!" when you can help him now. Do not plot evil against your neighbor who lives trustingly beside you, nor fight a man without cause when he has done you no wrong. Do not envy the man of violence or follow his example. For Yahweh hates the wicked but guides the honest. He curses the house of the evildoer but blesses the home of the upright. If there are mockers, he mocks them in turn but he shows his favor to the humble.

LUKE 8:16-18
No one, after lighting a lamp, covers it with a bowl or puts it under the bed; rather he puts it on a lampstand, so that people coming in may see the light. In the same way, there is nothing hidden that shall not be uncovered; nothing kept secret that shall not be known clearly. Now, pay attention and listen well, for whoever produces will be given more, but from those who do not produce, even what they seem to have will be taken away from them."

Dark and difficult times have a peculiar quality of drawing evil out. When we are in need or most vulnerable, those who mean to hurt us launch their sudden ambush. When we are almost helpless, our enemies hurl all sorts of accusations to bring us down.

Today's reading from Proverbs strongly tells us not to choose the ways of the wicked who tell their needy friends that they have no means to help or money to lend, plot harm against their unwitting neighbors, and unjustly accuse others who have done them no harm. It thus warns us against becoming like these creatures of evil that emerge from their dens as the night creeps in. We must be constantly vigilant lest we become one of them, which can happen at the times we are unaware.

On the other hand, when we find ourselves to be the ones being wronged or attacked by such dark personalities, the Word of God tells us not to be afraid. The light of day will surely come and put an end to all wicked activities. The light will expose to judgment whatever evil there is that lurked under the cover of darkness and rescue those who survived because of their perseverance. The truth will eventually come out and when that happens, the mockers will be mocked and the favor of the Lord will shine upon the humble and oppressed as promised in the reading.

Nothing good or bad remains hidden forever. Light will always find a way to shine through. This is why St. Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, admonishes us to live always as children of the light; to act justly and truthfully in every situation, regardless of whether or not our actions are discerned by others. If we are certain that we are on the side of truth and justice, then we do not need to be afraid of darkness. As the antiphon from the Common of Holy Men in the breviary goes: "The man of God welcomes the light that searches his deeds and finds them true."

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
- Luciana Ilagan
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
… for the personal intentions of
- Emma Quicho
- Pauline
- Beny Chua
… In Memoriam: Eriberta C. Calvario
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Myrna Borja
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: Regina Navarro
- Birthday: Dinna A. Ramos
- Wedding Anniversary: Johnny & Anna Uy
- Wedding Anniversary: Juanito & Stella Dy
- In Memoriam (+): Peter Lim, Jr. (June 28, 1927-Sept 24, 1997)+
… 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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