Monday, October 08, 2012



OCTOBER 9, 2012

Gal 1:13-24 / Lk 10:38-42

You have heard of my previous activity in the Jewish community; I furiously persecuted the Church of God and tried to destroy it. For I was more devoted to the Jewish religion than many fellow Jews of my age, and I defended the traditions of my ancestors more fanatically. But one day God called me out of his great love, he who had chosen me from my mother's womb; and he was pleased to reveal in me his Son, that I might make him known among the pagan nations. Then I did not seek human advice nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me. I immediately went to Arabia, and from there I returned again to Damascus. Later, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to meet Cephas, and I stayed with him for fifteen days. But I did not see any other apostle except James, the Lord's brother. On writing this to you, I affirm before God that I am not lying. After that I went to Syria and Cilicia. The churches of Christ in Judea did not know me personally; they had only heard of me: "He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith he tried to uproot." And they praised God because of me.

LUKE 10:38-42
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he entered a village, and a woman called Martha welcomed him to her house. She had a sister named Mary, who sat down at the Lord's feet to listen to his words. Martha, meanwhile, was busy with all the serving, and finally she said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the work? Tell her to help me!" But the Lord answered, "Martha, Martha, you worry and are troubled about many things, whereas only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the better part, and it will not be taken away from her."

While Martha had the best intentions in preparing her home for Jesus' visit, the work and scurrying about made her anxious. She was upset to the point of asking the Lord to correct her sister Mary for sitting down and listening to him instead of helping with the chores. In today's Gospel, the Lord reminds us of what is imperative – to seek God first.

Oftentimes we get caught up with duties at work, school, home, or Church. The roles we play, or how we carry out these tasks can lead to worry and anxiety. Perhaps a difficult spouse, boss, officemate or family member is stressing us out. Even "the Lord's work" can cause disquiet if we lose focus on what matters most.

Seek the Word as Mary did when the Lord visited their home. Do not let worldly distractions get in the way of your relationship with him. Jesus is the Way. If we follow him attentively, the troubles of this world will be of no consequence.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Antoinetta Sterner
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Stephen Lee Rogers
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
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: Ellery S. Lim
- Birthday: Irene Dee Dy
- Birthday: Kelly Lim Bate
- Birthday: Domingo Chua
- In Memoriam (+): Candida Cuiting+
- In Memoriam (+): Teresa Sia Go
… 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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