Tuesday, October 02, 2012



OCTOBER 3, 2012

Jb 9:1-12, 14-16 / Lk 9:57-62

JOB 9:1-12, 14-16
Then Job answered: Very well I know that it is so. But how can a mortal be just before God? If one were to contend with him, not once in a thousand times would he answer. His power is vast, his wisdom profound. Who has resisted him and come out unharmed? He moves mountains before they are aware; he overturns them in his rage. He makes the earth tremble and its pillars quake. He commands the sun, and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars. He alone stretches out the skies and treads on the waves of the seas. He made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and every constellation. His wonders are past all reckoning, his miracles beyond all counting. He passes by, but I do not see him; he moves on, but I do not notice him. If he snatches away, who can stop him? Who can say to him, "What are you doing?" How then can I answer him and find words to argue with him? If he does not answer when I am right, shall I plead with my judge for mercy? Even if I appealed and he answered, I do not believe that he would have heard.

LUKE 9:57-62
As they went on their way, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." To another Jesus said, "Follow me!" But he answered, "Let me go back now, for first I want to bury my father." And Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their dead; as for you, leave them, and proclaim the kingdom of God." Another said to him, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family." And Jesus said to him, "Whoever has put his hand to the plow, and looks back, is not fit for the kingdom of God."

Reading the Book of Job is always comforting when we are confronted with personal difficulties and calamities, if only we can see everything from Job's point of view. And yet not even Job could completely understand what God planned for him.

In today's Gospel, three men come to Jesus and say they want to follow him. When Jesus tells them what they have to sacrifice and leave behind to follow him, they are not ready and instead give excuses. These three men are not ready to leave behind their families, their desires, and their affairs. They want to follow Jesus but in their own terms and within their comfort zones.

Sad to say, many of us are like these men. We want to follow Christ but we are not willing to give up our possessions and ambitions. We set the conditions that suit us before we follow Christ. We are ready to follow Christ as long as it does not interfere with our time, family, and career. We give a thousand reasons why we cannot yet follow Christ when we are called. We are still too attached to our temporal needs. We are not ready to perform acts of sacrifice and be totally committed to living a life like Christ. To become a true follower of Christ, we should willingly surrender our life and our will to him.

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
- Sean
- Johnny, Kristen, Rita & Pam, Ben, Luke, Paul C, Paul S, Gene L, Eugene R & Fr Larry
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Anita Payawal Gatbonton
… for the personal intentions of
- Shanthi K
- George Anderson
- William
- Warly Cunanan
… In Thanksgiving:
- Ma. Nona Fatima Bonsol
- Angel T. Uichanco
- Renan Lacida and family
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Thanksgiving: Katherine & Lee Comer
- In Memoriam (+): Peter Ong
… 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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