Sunday, September 30, 2012
MEMORIAL, SAINT THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS
MEMORIAL, SAINT THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS
MONDAY 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before Yahweh, and Satan came with them. Yahweh asked Satan, "Where have you been?" Satan answered, "Going up and down the earth, roaming about." Yahweh asked again, "Have you noticed my servant Job? No one on earth is as blameless and upright as he, a man who fears God and avoids evil." But Satan returned the question, "Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not built a protective wall around him and his family and all his possessions? You have blessed and prospered him, with his livestock all over the land. But stretch out your hand and strike where his riches are, and I bet he will curse you to your face." Yahweh said to Satan, "Very well, all that he has is in your power. But do not lay a finger upon the man himself." So Satan left the presence of Yahweh. One day, while his sons and daughters were feasting in the house of their eldest brother, a messenger came to Job and said, "Your oxen were plowing, and your donkeys were grazing nearby when the Sabaeans came and carried them off. They killed the herdsmen. I alone escaped to tell you." While he was still speaking, another messenger came, "God's fire fell from the sky and burned all your sheep and the shepherds as well. I alone have escaped to tell you." He had hardly finished speaking when another messenger arrived, "Three raiding teams of Chaldeans have killed your servants and carried off your camels. I alone have escaped to tell you." He was still speaking when another messenger came and said to Job, "Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking in the house of their eldest brother when suddenly a great wind blew across the desert and struck the house. It collapsed on the young people and they all died. I alone have escaped to tell you." In grief Job tore his clothes and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground and worshiped, saying, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, naked shall I return. Yahweh gave, Yahweh has taken away. Blessed be his name!" In spite of this calamity, Job did not sin by blaspheming God.
One day the disciples were arguing about which of them was the most important. But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he took a little child and stood him by his side. Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. And listen: the one who is found to be the least among you all, is the one who is the greatest." Then John spoke up, "Master, we saw someone who drives out demons by calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him, because he doesn't follow you with us." But Jesus said, "Don't forbid him. He who is not against you is for you."
As the disciples of Jesus argue about who is the greatest among them, we pause to ask: Are we different from them? Don't we also desire glory, recognition, and success? Who does not want to be "somebody" whom others admire?
How appropriate that the Church presents to us a model of humility in St. Therese of the Child Jesus, whose feast we celebrate today. She is the "Little Flower" and Doctor of the Church, teaching us her "Little Way," the doctrine of spiritual childhood. To be like St. Therese is to be little, to seek the last place, to be forgotten. Let us allow her to teach us true humility. She wrote: "The only thing that is not envied is the last place which is not vanity and affliction of spirit. However, `the way of man is not within his power' and we surprise ourselves at times by desiring what sparkles. So let us line up humbly among the imperfect, let us esteem ourselves as little souls whom God must sustain at each moment. When he sees we are very much convinced of our nothingness, He extends His hand to us. Yes, it suffices to humble oneself, to bear with one's imperfections. That is real sanctity! Let us take each other by the hand and let us run to the last place – no one will come to dispute with us over it." She continues: "To be little is not attributing to oneself the virtues one practices, but to recognize that God places this treasure in the hands of His little child to be used when necessary; but it remains always God's treasure. Finally, it is not to become discouraged over one's faults, for children fall often, but they are too little to hurt themselves very much."
Truly, the least is the greatest in the kingdom of God. He who humbles himself will be exalted, for true humility pleases God.
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
- Ma. Fatima Nona Bonsol
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Tito Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Shanthi K
- George Anderson
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Arsenio Uy
- Birthday: Ranvil M. Varilla
- Birthday: Randy Lim
- Birthday: Fr. Agerico "Jerry" M. Orbos, SVD
- In Memoriam (+): Gloria Lim Hejazi (July 26, 1957-Oct 1, 2008)+
- In Memoriam (+): Santiago Ong (June 30,1920-Oct 1, 1970)+
… 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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