Friday, October 04, 2013
Saturday 26th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
October 5, 2013
Saturday 26th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Bar 4:5-12,27-29 / Ps 69: 33-35. 36-37 / Lk 10:17-24
Take courage, my people, you who pre serve the memory of Israel. You have been sold to the nations but not for your destruction; because you had aroused the anger of God, you were delivered to your enemies. For you displeased your Creator in sacrificing to demons and not to God. You have forgotten the Eternal God, the one who nourished you. You have filled Jerusalem with sadness, she who brought you up. For she saw the anger of God fall on you and she said, "Listen, you neighboring cities of Zion, God has sent me a great sorrow. I have seen the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Eternal one brought on them. I had nurtured them in joy; with tears and sadness I saw them leave. Let no one rejoice on seeing me a widow and abandoned by all. Because of the sins of my children I am now alone, because they have turned away from the law of God. Take courage, my children, cry out to God, for he who sent you into exile will re member you. Thus, as you distanced yourself from God, return to him and seek him ten times more earnestly. For he who caused these evils to fall on you will bring you salvation and eternal joy.
The seventy-two disciples returned full of joy. They said, "Lord, even the demons obeyed us when we called on your name." Then Jesus replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. You see, I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the Enemy, so that nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, don't rejoice because the evil spirits submit to you; rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven." At that Time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and made them known to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. I have been given all things by my Father, so that no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and he to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said to them privately, "Fortunate are you to see what you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings would have liked to see what you see, but did not see it; and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."
In the first reading the Jews of the Diaspora express their great longing for their homeland. For these people in exile, their temple destroyed meant that God had abandoned them due to their unfaithfulness. However the reading ends with a hope that God will in His mercy, bring His children back and with the rebuilding of the temple, God will be again in their midst, finally restoring Jerusalem to her former glory. In our gospel, we see the disciples returning full of joy but also with much awe and wonder at their power when ministering in Jesus' name.
Can we still recall our amazement when fully aware of our inadequate abilities, we finally accomplished the work entrusted to us? These are the moments of grace for us to see the presence of God and His power working in our lives. It is precisely this ability of the little ones to see things with wonder and awe because of their limited capabilities that prompted our Lord to praise and thank his Father. This childlike attitude of humility opens us to the action of the Holy Spirit who enables us to praise and thank God constantly. Can we see God's presence and His power working in our lives, to see what kings and prophets longed to see but did not see? Finally, in everything we do, are we aware that "unless the Lord builds the house, we labor in vain?"
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
Enrique Navarro and Eufrocina Navarro
… for the personal intentions of
Ma. Fatima Nona
Ma. Theresa P. Guevarra
… 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.
In Memoriam (+): Maria Chua Muy (Jan 11, 1924 - Oct 5, 1993)
… 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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