Sunday, November 11, 2012
MONDAY 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, SAINT JOSAPHAT
MONDAY 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Ti 1:1-9 / Lk 17:1-6
From Paul, servant of God, apostle of Christ Jesus, at the service of God's chosen people, so that they may believe and reach the knowledge of truth and godliness. The eternal life we are waiting for was promised from the very beginning by God who never lies, and as the appointed time had come, he made it known through the message entrusted to me by a command of God, our Savior. Greetings to you, Titus, my true son in the faith we share. May grace and peace be with you from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I left you in Crete because I wanted you to put right what was defective and appoint elders in every town, following my instructions. They must be blameless, married only once, whose children are believers and not open to the charge of being immoral and rebellious. Since the overseer (or bishop) is the steward of God's house, he must be beyond reproach: not proud, hot-headed, over-fond of wine, quarrel some or greedy for gain. On the contrary he must be hospitable, a lover of what is good, wise, up right, devout and self-controlled. He must hold to the message of faith just as it was taught, so that, in his turn, he may teach sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Jesus said to his disciples, "Scandals will necessarily come and cause people to fall; but woe to the one who brings them about. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone around his neck. Truly, this would be better for that person, than to cause one of these little ones to fall. Listen carefully: if your brother offends you, tell him, and if he is sorry, forgive him. And if he offends you seven times in one day, but seven times he says to you, `I'm sorry,' forgive him." The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." And the Lord said, "If you have faith, even the size of a mustard seed, you may say to this tree, `Be uprooted, and plant yourself in the sea!' and it will obey you.
In our community, we see many people who give themselves generously in service to the Church. In the first reading Paul lists the qualities that must characterize men chosen to be presbyters or bishops in the local churches in his day. We might well expect many of these qualities to describe also the men and women who in many different ways aspire to serve the Church today. We might hope surely that they would be, "hospitable and lovers of goodness; steady, just, holy and self-controlled." Above all, they must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that they might encourage others and refute those who oppose it.
In the Gospel, Jesus warns his disciples not to be those who cause others to sin. Applying this to ourselves, we must be alert and watch ourselves lest we engage in such activity. While we must not judge others, we still should not be blind when our brother sins. We are called to rebuke him. But more than that, we must be able to forgive him when he repents. To forgive others constantly, we must pray as the disciples did, "Increase our faith!" Then like the tiny mustard seed we might be able to accomplish what seemed to be impossible.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Bubi Camus
- Alfonso Marquez
- Tito Torres, Mon Torres, Fleur Torres, Eden dela Cruz, Mommy Carmen Rafinan, Lorraine
- Renan Lacida
- Ma. Theresa O. Bernardo and Alfonso L. Orbin
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Diane, Kristen, Denese, Mary Ann M, Delores, Ed D, Gene & Donna L, Euegene R & Fr Larry
- Jacinta, Daniella, Precious, Francesca, Emmanuel, Christopher, Mercedes
... Birthday: Marichu K
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Matthew Christian Yu
… 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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