Thursday, October 11, 2012
FRIDAY 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
FRIDAY 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Gal 3:7-14 / Lk 11:15-26
Understand then that those who follow the way of faith are sons and daughters of Abraham. The Scriptures foresaw that by the way of faith, God would give true righteousness to the non-Jewish nations. For God's promise to Abraham was this: In you shall all the nations be blessed. So now those who take the way of faith receive the same blessing as Abraham who believed; but those who rely on the practice of the Law are under a curse, for it is written: Cursed is everyone who does not always fulfill everything written in the Law. It is plainly written that no one becomes righteous, in God's way, by the Law: by faith the righteous shall live. Yet the Law gives no place to faith, for according to it: the one who fulfills the commandments shall have life through them. Now Christ rescued us from the curse of the Law by becoming cursed himself for our sake, as it is written: there is a curse on everyone who is hanged on a tree. So the blessing granted to Abraham reached the pagan nations in and with Christ, and we received the promised Spirit through faith.
Yet some of them said, "He drives out demons by the power of Beelzebul, the chief of the demons." Others wanted to put him to the test, by asking him for a heavenly sign. But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, "Every nation divided by civil war is on the road to ruin, and will fall. If Satan also is divided, his empire is coming to an end. How can you say that I drive out demons by calling upon Beelzebul? If I drive them out by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons drive out demons? They will be your judges, then. But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, would not this mean that the kingdom of God has come upon you? As long as a man, strong and well armed, guards his house, his goods are safe. But when a stronger man attacks and overcomes him, the challenger takes away all the weapons he relied on, and disposes of his spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me, scatters. When the evil spirit goes out of a person, it wanders through dry lands, looking for a resting place; and finding none, it says, `I will return to my house from which I came.' When it comes, it finds the house swept and everything in order. Then it goes to fetch seven other spirits, even worse than itself. They move in and settle there, so that the last state of that person is worse than the first."
In the Gospel, when Jesus drives out the mute demon, the crowds are amazed. Yet some are skeptical and demand a more spectacular sign. Still others say that Jesus' power to heal is of demonic origin. This shows that people believe what they want to believe. Those with open minds can perceive the truth while those with biased or impure thoughts see something else.
When God manifests His presence in our lives, we have a decision to make – to convert to Him or not. Some people see God doing miracles, both physical and spiritual, and still refuse to believe and change their ways. Miracles are supposed to help us believe in God and to strengthen our faith. Yet some people are so stubborn and continue to disbelieve. We cannot remain neutral in front of a clear manifestation of God's power.
Jesus said in the Gospel, "He who is not with me is against me." If we are with Jesus, we will recognize his works because they usually bring fruits of love, peace, and healing. We will obey and follow him because we acknowledge that he was sent by God to save men from their sins. But if we do not want to convert to God, no miracle can convince us because our eyes are closed and our hearts are hardened.
May we not be counted among the unbelievers but rather with those who have faith in Jesus.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Rex Hoisington, Pat White
- Johnny, Mary Ann M, Delores, Gene L, Ben & Nancy, Luke I, Netta & Fr Larry
… for the personal intentions of
- Dana, Rita P & Eugene R
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Pam D, George B, Cherrie L, Tony S
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: Cynthia Virtucio
- Thanksgiving: Uy Kim & Felisa L. Uy
- In Memoriam (+): Teresita De Guzman
… 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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