Sunday, October 14, 2012
MEMORIAL, ST TERESA OF JESUS
MEMORIAL, ST TERESA OF JESUS
MONDAY 28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 - 5:1 / Lk 11:29-32
GALATIANS 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 - 5:1
It says that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman, the other by the free woman, his wife. The son of the slave woman was born in the ordinary way; but the son of the free woman was born in fulfillment of God's promise. Here we have an allegory and the figures of two covenants. The first is the one from Mount Sinai, represented through Hagar: her children have slavery for their lot. But the Jerusalem above, who is our mother, is free. And Scripture says of her: Rejoice, barren woman without children, break forth in shouts of joy, you who do not know the pains of childbirth, for many shall be the children of the forsaken mother, more than of the married woman. Brethren, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman. Christ freed us to make us really free. So remain firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.
As the crowd increased, Jesus began to speak in this way, "People of the present time are troubled people. They ask for a sign, but no sign will be given to them except the sign of Jonah. As Jonah became a sign for the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be a sign for this generation. The Queen of the South will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and here there is greater than Solomon. The people of Nineveh will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them, for Jonah's preaching made them turn from their sins, and here there is greater than Jonah.
Jesus gave a rather stern warning to his generation when they demanded a sign from him. It was characteristic of the Jews that to demand "signs" from God's messengers to authenticate their claims. When the religious leaders pressed Jesus to give proof for his claims, he says in so many words that he is God's sign and that they need no further evidence from heaven. The Ninevites recognized God's warning when Jonah spoke to them, and they repented. And the Queen of Sheba recognized God's wisdom in Solomon. Unfortunately, the religious leaders were not content to accept the signs right before their eyes.
Even now, the Lord Jesus is asking us to believe in him because through the gift of his Holy Spirit, He offers us freedom from sin and wisdom for our lives. Do we thirst for Godly wisdom? The single-hearted Christian desires only one thing — that which is good and ordered according to God's wise plan. Let us ask the Lord to renew our mind and to increase our thirst for true wisdom.
Let us allow St. Teresa of Avila to teach us that it is Jesus himself that matters, and not his gifts and consolations. This personal relationship with Jesus is nurtured only in faithful prayer and sincere reception of the Eucharist. She said: "Prayer is nothing else but a loving conversation with God who we know loves us. Prayer does not mean thinking much, but loving much. The prayer of union, or union of the will, is the seizure of the will by loving Wisdom. The soul thereafter bears the impress of a divine seal, which although not indelible is nevertheless permanent, and it produces a state of self-abandonment, and suppleness." Let us ask the Lord Jesus to grant us holy wisdom.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Johnny, Mary Ann M, Delores, Gene L, Ben & Nancy, Luke I, Netta & Fr Larry
- Bienvenido Pangilinan
… for the personal intentions of Dana, Rita P & Eugene R
… In Memoriam:
- Atty. Cipriano P Maribojoc
- Bernardo Santiago Jr.
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- 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: Rosie Papa
- Thanksgiving: Edna Laboc
… 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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