Friday, October 25, 2013
Saturday 29th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
October 26, 2013
Saturday 29th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Rom 8;1-11 / Ps 24: 1b-2. 3-4ab. 5-6 / Lk 13:1-9
This contradiction no longer exists for those who are in Jesus Christ. For, in Jesus Christ, the law of the Spirit of life has set me free from the law of sin and death. The Law was without effect because flesh was not responding. Then God, planning to destroy sin, sent his own Son, in the likeness of those subject to the sinful human condition; by doing this, he condemned the sin in this human condition. Since then the perfection intended by the Law would be fulfilled in those not walk- ing in the way of the flesh, but in the way of the Spirit. Those walking according to the flesh tend towards what is flesh; those led by the spirit, to what is spirit. Flesh tends towards death, while spirit aims at life and peace. What the flesh seeks is against God: it does not agree, it cannot even submit to the law of God. So, those walking according to the flesh cannot please God. Yet your existence is not in the flesh, but in the spirit, because the Spirit of God is within you. If you did not have the Spirit of Christ, you would not belong to him. But Christ is within you; though the body is branded by death as a consequence of sin, the spirit is life and holiness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is within you, He who raised Jesus Christ from among the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies. Yes, he will do it through his Spirit who dwells within you.
One day some people told Jesus what had occurred in the Temple: Pilate had had Galileans killed, and their blood mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. Jesus asked them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered this? No, I tell you. But unless you change your ways, you will all perish as they did. And those eighteen persons in Siloah, who were crushed when the tower fell, do you think they were more guilty than all the others in Jerusalem? I tell you: no. But unless you change your ways, you will all perish as they did." And Jesus continued with this story, "A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it, but found none. Then he said to the gardener, 'Look here, for three years now I have been looking for figs on this tree, and I have found none. Cut it down, why should it use up the ground?' The gardener replied, 'Leave it one more year, so that I may dig around it and add some fertilizer; perhaps it will bear fruit from now on. But if it doesn't, you can cut it down.'"
In the gospel, Jesus is clearly warning us to change our ways through repentance and reforms: "Unless you change your ways, you will all perish as they did." Jesus is telling us that these things will happen to anyone regardless of whether he sinned more or less than others - the illusion of righteousness – a sense that we are good people, better than others in terms of moral goodness (Fr. Michael D Moga, SJ).
This can happen so suddenly that it overtakes anyone in whatever state of life he is in. Jesus sets aright 'the rigid belief by the Jews on the connection between sin and suffering, a cruel and heartbreaking doctrine which Jesus utterly denied in the case of the individual.' However, paradoxically, 'national sin and suffering are so connected'. 'The nation which chooses the wrong ways will in the end suffer for it'. On the one hand, Jesus foresaw and foretold the fall and destruction of Jerusalem, if the Jews continued in their plot to rebel against the political power at that time – the Roman colonizers. On the other hand, Jesus is also saying that 'the nation which rebels against God is on the way to disaster.' As to the fig tree, 'Jesus reminded men that they would be judged according to the opportunities they had . . . that uselessness invites disaster . . . that nothing which only takes out can survive . . . we are all in debt to life' (William Barclay).
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
Renan Lacida and Raul Domingo
Brenda D. Solis and Sister Carmencita and Cynthia Ordona
… for the personal intentions of
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Sim Pak Luisa Alianan
- Rex Owen
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 Anne Castañeda
Birthday: Rogelio Uy, M.D.
… 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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