Thursday, October 18, 2012
FRIDAY 28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, STS JOHN DE BREBEUF & ISAAC JOQUES AND COMPANIONS
FRIDAY 28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Eph 1:11-14 / Lk 12:1-7
By a decree of Him who disposes all things according to his own plan and decision we, the Jews, have been chosen and called and we were awaiting the Messiah, for the praise of his glory. You, on hearing the word of truth, the Gospel that saves you, have believed in him. And, as promised, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit, the first pledge of what we shall receive, on the way to our deliverance as a people of God, for the praise of his glory.
Meanwhile, such a numerous crowd had gathered that they crushed one another. Then Jesus spoke to his disciples in this way, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered that will not be uncovered, or hidden that will not be made known. Whatever you have said in darkness will be heard in daylight, and what you have whispered in hidden places, will be proclaimed from housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who put to death the body and, after that, can do no more. But I will tell you whom to fear: Fear the one who after killing you is able to throw you into hell. This one you must fear. Don't you buy five sparrows for two pennies? Yet not one of them has been forgotten by God. Even the hairs of your head have been numbered. Don't be afraid! Are you less worthy in the eyes of God than many sparrows?
In the Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples to be "on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees." Jesus was referring to their hypocrisy. The Pharisees pretend to be God-fearing but all their words and actions are just for show – to make people think they are pious so they will be shown respect. But deep down, they are selfish, manipulating, pretentious, and even violent. Jesus tells his disciples not to fear them even though they could "kill the body." They cannot kill the soul or destroy the Holy Spirit that God has put in the hearts of His disciples.
In the first reading, St. Paul says that Christians are those who hope in the Lord, who wait for his glorious coming. As they have been stamped with the seal of the Holy Spirit, they feel a freedom that others do not have: that of being sons of God, of having experienced God as a Father, which gives them great joy and peace. It also emboldens them to preach the Good News of salvation to others. We are called to experience the joy and freedom of God's children. We are also called to preach the Gospel of Jesus to all men. To preach how Jesus died for our sins and was raised by the Father for our justification is our joy and privilege.
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
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
.. In Memoriam: Bong Lacida
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Feliza Rabaja
- Luciana Ilagan
- Teopista R. Flores
- Rowena L. Yap, Xavier Javier, Jess Garces, Kaye Factoran, Jennifer Santos, Grace Mabunay, Manuel de Leon, Raul and Nellie Lacida
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: Archbishop Diosdado A. Talamayan, D.D.
- Wedding Anniversary: Rene & Lina Datu
- In Memoriam (+): Roque S. Chuakay
- In Memoriam (+): Agustin Coronel Dizon
- In Memoriam (+): Melanie B. Dizon
… 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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