Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Thursday 27th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
October 10, 2013
Thursday 27th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Mal 3:13-20 / Ps 1: 1-2. 3. 4 and 6 / Lk 11:5-13
You say very harsh things about me, says Yahweh, and yet you say: "What harsh things did we say against you?" You say: "It is useless to serve God. There is no benefit in observing his commandments or in leading an austere life for his sake. Happy are the shameless! Those who do evil succeed in everything; though they provoke God, they remain unharmed." Those were the very words of those who fear Yahweh. Yahweh listened and heard what they said. He ordered at once that the names of those who respect him and reverence his Name be written in a record. And he declared, "They will be mine on the day I have already set. Then I shall care for them as a father cares for his obedient son. And you will see the different fates of the good and the bad, those who obey God and those who disobey him. The day already comes, flaming as a furnace. On that day all the proud and evildoers will be burned like straw in the fire. They will be left without branches or roots. On the other hand the sun of justice will shine upon you who respect my Name and bring health in its rays. You will come out leaping like fattened calves.
Jesus said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to his house in the middle of the night and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine who is traveling has just arrived, and I have nothing to offer him.' Maybe your friend will answer from inside, 'Don't bother me now; the door is locked, and my children and I are in bed, so I can't get up and give you anything.' But I tell you, even though he will not get up and attend to you because you are a friend, yet he will get up because you are a bother to him, and he will give you all you need. And so I say to you, 'Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For the one who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to him who knocks the door will be opened. If your child asks for a fish, will you give him a snake instead? And if your child asks for an egg, will you give him a scorpion? If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him."
Today's first reading reminds us not to judge easily, or jump into conclusions when we encounter a situation. We are reminded that as long as we do our best to act justly, to be fair to everyone, to trust in the Lord and to serve God with the best of our ability, we can be sure that the Lord will guide us and show us the "distinction between the righteous and the wicked, and between those who serve God and those who do not."
Today's gospel strongly emphasizes the power of prayer and the need to be persistent in prayer. When we feel that God is not listening to us by not answering our prayers, perhaps we must remember that God's ways are not man's ways, and perhaps He has other plans for us.
As the Lord Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he also reminds us today to remember to pray. It is in prayer that we open ourselves to God. It is in prayer that we confirm our trust in the Father. It is in prayer that we confirm our sincerity and frankness with Him.
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
Benny, Herb, Ed, Bob M (MN), Debbie(AZ), Denise(TX), Nick(MD), Randy & Bob F
… for the personal intentions of
Ben,Nancy,Mary Ann M, Netta, Mrs D, Joan's son, Fr. Larry & his dad
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Josefina Villafuerte. 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: Manny Garcia
Birthday: Uly Tabije
Wedding Anniversary: Wilson & Annabelle Ching
In Memoriam (+): Ho Sing Ka
… 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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