Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Thursday 30thWeek in Ordinary Time - Year I
October 31, 2013
Thursday 30thWeek in Ordinary Time - Year I
Memorial, St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, religious
Rom 8:31-39 / Ps 109: 21-22. 26-27. 30-31 / Lk 13:31-35
What shall we say after this? If God is with us, who shall be against us? If he did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not give us all things with him? Who shall accuse those chosen by God: he takes away their guilt. Who will dare to condemn them? Christ who died, and better still, rose and is seated at the right hand of God, interceding for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Will it be trials, or anguish, persecution or hunger, lack of clothing, or dangers or sword? As the Scripture says: For your sake we are being killed all day long; they treat us like sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all of this we are more than conquerors, thanks to him who has loved us. I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor spiritual powers, neither the present nor the future, nor cosmic powers, were they from heaven or from the deep world below, nor any creature whatsoever will separate us from the love of God, which we have in Jesus Christ, our Lord.
At that Time some Pharisees came to Jesus and gave him this warning, "Leave this place and go on your way, for Herod wants to kill you." Jesus said to them, "Go and give that fox my answer: 'I drive out demons, and I heal today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my course!' Nevertheless, I must go on my way today, and tomorrow, and for a little longer; for it would not be fitting for a prophet to be killed outside Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you slay the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often have I tried to bring together your children, as a bird gathers her young under her wings, but you refused! From now on, you will be left with your temple; and you will no longer see me, until the Time when you will say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."
We are reminded many times through the Bible that God loves us. But do we remember Him in our hearts, so that we can reinforce and strengthen our bond with Christ? Some of us supplement our lives with prayer. Others perform community service, give alms, or help our needy neighbors. But all in all, little acts of kindness and love towards others, all done in the glory of God will allow us to become even closer to Him.
During times of sickness, some of us forget to turn to prayer. Instead, we rely only on the expertise of doctors, nurses and even friends who had experienced similar medical problems for advice. Those anxious moments when shared with our family and friends are easier to endure. How much more if we share these with God? Relying on God and believing in Him as the divine healer and surrendering to Him by accepting His will provide the comfort and courage and strength that we need. It is then that we feel God's loving care the most. As today's gospel best describes, it is as if God is sheltering us from our troubles like a mother hen sheltering her brood gathering them under her wings.
When faced with failures, problems, unhappiness, disappointments and loneliness, all which seem to be humanly unsolvable and unstoppable, do we turn to God for comfort and strength? Are we ready to accept His will?
We pray …
…for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
…for the speedy recovery and healing of
Brenda D. Solis and Sister Carmencita
Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
Renan Lacida, Cha Dilla, Karen and Ramon Domingo
…for the personal intentions of
Joel(Jay) and Ma. Cecilia(Eya)
…for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
Birthday: Josefa Onglatco
In Memoriam (+): Mamerto Fainsan
… 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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