Monday, October 01, 2012
MEMORIAL, GUARDIAN ANGELS
MEMORIAL, GUARDIAN ANGELS
TUESDAY 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
JOB 3;1-3, 11- 17, 20-23
At length it was Job who spoke, cursing the day of his birth. This is what he said: Cursed be the day I was born, and the night which whispered: A boy has been conceived. Why didn't I die at birth, or come from the womb without breath? Why the knees that received me, why the breasts that suckled me? For then I should have lain down asleep and been at rest with kings and rulers of the earth who built for themselves lonely tombs; or with princes who had gold to spare and houses stuffed with silver. Why was I not stillborn, like others who did not see the light of morn? There the trouble of the wicked ceases, there the weary find repose. Why is light given to the miserable, and life to the embittered? To those who long for death more than for hidden treasure? They rejoice at the sight of their end, they are happy upon reaching the grave. Why give light to a man whose path has vanished, whose ways God blocks at every side?
MATTHEW 18:1-5, 10
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked him, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Then Jesus called a little child, set the child in the midst of the disciples, and said, "I assure you that, unless you change and become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes lowly like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and whoever receives such a child in my name receives me. See that you do not despise any of these little ones, for I tell you: their angels in heaven continually see the face of my heavenly Father.
Like the apostles, we may often wonder what it takes to be great in God's kingdom. It is natural to be ambitious or to seek to be the best in whatever situation we are in. Some of us believe that if we are accomplished here on earth, we will find ourselves in the same position in heaven. We strive to be successful in business, excel in the arts, academics or sports, and even clock in as much charity or church work as possible to achieve prominence. Life often becomes a quest to reach the highest possible stature or recognition for whatever it is we are good at.
While there is certainly nothing wrong with striving to be the best, the Lord reminds us in today's Gospel that most important above all is to be humble and obedient like little children. Furthermore, children love unconditionally and put complete faith in their parents. In the same way, Jesus tells us to love, trust, and follow him no matter what situation we may find ourselves in.
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
- Tito Torres
- Johnny, Kristen, Rita & Pam, Ben, Luke, Paul C, Paul S, Gene L, Eugene R & Fr Larry
… for the personal intentions of
- Shanthi K
- George Anderson
… In Thanksgiving:
- Ma. Nona Fatima Bonsol
- Angel T. Uichanco
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Annie T. Alipao
- Birthday: Techi Allado
- Birthday: Crisostomo F. Bate
- Wedding Anniversary: Mario & Inday Neri
… 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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