Thursday, October 17, 2013
Feast, Saint Luke the Evangelist
October 18, 2013
Friday 28th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Feast, Saint Luke the Evangelist
Readings for the Feast: 2 Tm 4: 10-17b / Ps 145: 10-11. 12-13. 17-18 / Lk 10: 1-9
Rom 4:1-8 / Lk 12:1-7
Let us consider Abraham, our father in the flesh. What has he found? If Abraham attained righteousness because of his deeds, he could be proud. But he cannot be this before God. Because Scripture says: Abraham believed God who took it into account and held him to be a just man. Now, when someone does a work, salary is not given as a favor, but as a debt that is paid. Here, on the contrary, someone who has no deeds to show but believes in Him who makes sinners righteous before him: such faith is taken into account and that person is held as righteous. David congratulates in this way those who become righteous by the favor of God, and not by their actions: Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven and whose offenses are forgotten; blessed the one whose sin God does not take into account!
Luke 12: 1-7
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 same passage, Jesus repeatedly bids us: "Beware!" and "Be not afraid!"
Jesus enjoins us to nurture the healthy fear of losing God's friendship. When we persist in doing evil, we could gradually become shameless in our wrongdoing, especially when we believe we will not be found out. In doing so, we could begin to slowly drive away the Spirit from our lives.
There is also the useless fear of living a good and holy life because it is difficult and challenging. This is the fear that Jesus invites us to get rid of. This becomes especially hard when we observe how good people suffer while evil people prosper.
When we live in God's friendship and the Spirit abides in us, we have no reason to fear. God does not only provide us with all that we need. God alone is all that we need.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
Brenda D. Solis, Sister Carmencita and Ibarra Cruz
Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
Ma. Angeli Marmeto
Ma.Amparo H. Dedios
… May the Lord keep us safe during natural disasters and calamities
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Larry Erickson, Wally Hingten, Dick Thomas,Adrian Peterson Jr.
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: Tama Ng
In Memoriam (+): Alfredo C. Dy (Aug 12, 1926 - Oct 18, 2010)
… 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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