Thursday, October 03, 2013
Memorial, Saint Francis of Assisi
October 4, 2013
Friday 26th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Memorial, Saint Francis of Assisi
Bar 1:15-22 / Ps 79: 1b-2. 3-5. 8. 9 / Lk 10:13-16
You will say: May everyone recognize the justice of our God but, on this day, shame and confusion befit the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem—our kings and princes, our priests, our prophets, and our fathers, because we have sinned before the Lord. We have disobeyed him and have not listened to the voice of the Lord our God, nor have we followed the commandments which the Lord had put before us. From the day that the Lord brought our ancestors out of the land of Egypt until this day, we have disobeyed the Lord our God and we have rebelled against him instead of listening to his voice. Because of this, from the day on which the Lord brought our ancestors out of the land of Egypt, so as to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, the evils and the curse which the Lord pronounced by Moses, his servant, have dogged our footsteps right down to the present day. We did not listen to the voice of the Lord our God speaking through the words of the prophets whom he sent to us, but each one of us followed his perverted heart, serving false gods and doing what displeases the Lord our God.
Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! So many miracles have been worked in you! If the same miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would already be sitting in ashes and wearing the sackcloth of repentance. Surely for Tyre and Sidon it will be better on the Day of Judgment than for you. And what of you, city of Capernaum? Will you be lifted up to heaven? You will be thrown down to the place of the dead. Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me; and he who rejects me, rejects the one who sent me."
The first reading cites a time during the Babylonian exile when Israel didn't listen to the voice of the Lord. They were disobedient and followed the inclinations of their wicked hearts. In our gospel today, we see Jesus expressing his feelings after doing so much for Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum. William Barclay, author of The Daily Study Bible, writes that the word "alas" used by Jesus in this passage, conveys not anger towards the people in these towns, but disappointment and sadness for their indifference and irresponsibility. He had given them the chance, the privilege of hearing the word of God, but what did they do? They disregarded what was offered to them – the most precious thing in the world - the message of God's love. The townspeople ignored the message of God's love. They committed the sin of indifference.
What makes it difficult for me to listen to Jesus? In what ways did I sense God's love for me yesterday? What changes can I make in my daily life to witness to God's love for me?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
Benny, Herb, Nick (MD), Debbie (AZ), Denise (TX), Chuck, Ed, Bob M (MN), Randy & Mrs D
Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
Ben, Nancy, Rita, her sisters, Joann's son, Bob F, Mary Ann M & Fr Larry
Ma. Fatima Nona
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Arcadio Licaros
- Olendo Bowers
- Toto Besana
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: Mary C. Tiu
Wedding Anniversary: Carlos & Brenda Siy
Thanksgiving: Paquito, Mylene, Empress & Kate
In Memoriam (+): Go Hian Ta
… 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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