Friday, October 05, 2012



OCTOBER 6, 2012

Jb 42:1-3, 5-6, 12- 17 / Lk 10:17-24

JOB 42:1-3, 5-6, 12- 17
This was the answer Job gave to Yahweh: I know that you are all powerful; no plan of yours can be thwarted. I spoke of things I did not understand, too wonderful for me to know. My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I retract all I have said, and in dust and ashes I repent. Yahweh blessed Job's latter days much more than his earlier ones. He came to own fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-donkeys. He was also blessed with seven sons and three daughters. The first daughter he named Dove, the second Cinnamon, and the third Bottle of Perfume. Nowhere in the land was there found any woman who could compare in beauty with Job's daughters. Their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. He died old and full of years.

LUKE 10:17-24
The seventy-two disciples returned full of joy. They said, "Lord, even the demons obeyed us when we called on your name." Then Jesus replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. You see, I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the Enemy, so that nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, don't rejoice because the evil spirits submit to you; rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven." At that time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and made them known to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. I have been given all things by my Father, so that no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and he to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said to them privately, "Fortunate are you to see what you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings would have liked to see what you see, but did not see it; and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."

Today's Gospel proceeds from Luke's narrative of Jesus sending out his disciples on the first missions. "Go on your way; behold I am sending you like lambs among wolves" (Lk 10:3). They returned from their successful mission and Jesus went on to say, "Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven" (Lk 20).

How apt that the life of our saint today echoes the missionary directive of Jesus at the start of his ministry. Blessed Diego, in accord with his own wishes, went "like a lamb among wolves" to the Pacific islands, where after initial successes, he and Pedro Calungsod were killed by hostile natives. Because of their martyrdom for the faith, their names are now written in heaven.

Today, we are called to be missionaries in an increasingly secular world, wherein some societies do not welcome talk of God and religion. In our own small way, have we tried to stem the tide of secularism, or the tendency to oppose the introduction of any hint of religion to our way of life? Are we witnessing to the ways God has worked in our own lives? Have we been bold enough to proclaim Jesus as our personal Savior?

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
- Sean
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Anita Payawal Gatbonton
- Lillian McSwain
… for the personal intentions of
- Warly Cunanan
- Pauline
… In Thanksgiving: Renan Lacida and family
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Atty Cipriano P Maribojoc
- Stephen Lee Rogers
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: Annika Bernice L. Salonga
- Birthday: Mabelle A. Capuchino
… 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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