Sunday, November 10, 2013
Monday 32nd Week in Ordinary Time- Year I
November 11, 2013
Monday 32nd Week in Ordinary Time- Year I
Memorial, Saint Martin of Tours, bishop
Wis 1:1-7 / Ps 139: 1b-3. 4-6. 7-8. 9-10 / Lk 17:1-6
Love justice, you who rule over the world. Think rightly of God, seek him with simplicity of heart, for he reveals himself to those who do not challenge him and is found by those who do not distrust him. Crooked thinking distances you from God, and his Omnipotence, put to the test, confounds the foolish. Wisdom does not enter the wicked nor remain in a body that is enslaved to sin. The Holy Spirit who instructs us shuns deceit; it keeps aloof from foolishness and is ill at ease when injustice is done. Wisdom is a spirit, a friend to man, and will not leave the blasphemous unpunished, because God knows his inner most feelings, truly sees his thoughts and hears what he says. For God's spirit has ﬁlled the whole world and he who holds together all things, knows each word that is spoken.
Jesus said to his disciples, "Scandals will necessarily come and cause people to fall; but woe to the one who brings them about. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone around his neck. Truly, this would be better for that person, than to cause one of these little ones to fall. Listen carefully: if your brother offends you, tell him, and if he is sorry, forgive him. And if he offends you seven Times in one day, but seven Times he says to you, 'I'm sorry,' forgive him." The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." And the Lord said, "If you have faith, even the size of a mustard seed, you may say to this tree, 'Be uprooted, and plant yourself in the sea!' and it will obey you.
According to bible scholars, the Greek word for temptation is scandalon, or in modern English, scandal. The Lord tells us in today's gospel that scandal or temptation is part and parcel of our human existence. Depending on one's situation in life, every day, there will arise the temptation to stumble or sin. It is inevitable due to our nature. What we can and should avoid at all cost, Jesus warns, is steering others to temptation. We should in no way corrupt others, or cause another person to sin. Jesus is emphatic, in today's gospel, that leading another person to stumble or fall in their walk with him, is a grave offense.
Sometimes, we may unintentionally cause others to sin by our speech, lifestyle, or even by the way we dress. Regardless of whether the temptation is intentional or not, we need to be mindful of how our words and actions affect those around us. Although we are weak ourselves, Jesus reminds us that our faith in him, is armor which can protect our human frailty.
Every day, let us pray for the grace to remain close to him, so that he may keep us from sin and help us to be a holy influence to those around us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
Zenofina A. Reyes
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
.. for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Jesus Paul Yan. 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: Diana Bautista
Birthday: Eden Deza Chua, MD
… 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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