Monday, September 08, 2014
Tuesday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial of St. Peter Claver]
1 Cor 6: 1-11 / Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b / Lk 6: 12-19
Reading: 1 Cor 6: 1-11
When you have a complaint against a brother, how dare you bring it before pagan judges instead of bringing it before God's people? Do you not know that you shall one day judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you incapable of judging such simple problems? Do you not know that we will even judge the angels? And could you not decide every day affairs? But when you have ordinary cases to be judged, you bring them before those who are of no account in the Church! Shame on you! Is there not even one among you wise enough to be the arbiter among believers? But no. One of you brings a suit against another one, and files that suit before unbelievers. It is already a failure that you have suits against each other. Why do you not rather suffer wrong and receive some damage? But no. You wrong and injure others, and those are your brothers and sisters. Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Make no mistake about it: those who lead sexually immoral lives, or worship idols, or who are adulterers, perverts, sodomites, or thieves, exploiters, drunkards, gossips or embezzlers will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. Some of you were like that, but you have been cleansed and consecrated to God and have been set right with God by the Name of the Lord Jesus and the Spirit of our God.
Gospel: Luke 6: 12-19
At this time Jesus went out into the hills to pray, spending the whole night in prayer with God. When day came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them whom he called apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James son of Alpheus and Simon called the Zealot; Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who would be the traitor. Coming down the hill with them, Jesus stood on a level place. Many of his disciples were there and a large crowd of people who had come from all parts of Judea and Jerusalem and from the coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon. They gathered to hear him and be healed of their diseases; likewise people troubled by evil spirits were healed. The entire crowd tried to touch him because of the power that went out from him and healed them all.
St. Peter Claver was a Spanish Jesuit who went to Colombia as a missionary in the 17th century. There he stayed for almost 40 years ministering to the black slaves. He died there in 1654 exhausted from all his labors. St. Peter Claver is the special patron of the missions for the black peoples. In one of his letters, St. Peter would recount how they would try to revive the sick and the dying – make fire to warm them, bathe them with wine, cheer them up and then give them basic catechism. He demonstrated by words and deeds his love and concern for these slaves who were treated by others like the scum of the earth.
In the Gospel, Jesus did the same. After choosing the twelve apostles, the first thing he did was to preach to the people and cure their diseases. His love for men was real and he was always full of compassion for the sick and the destitute. Do we also have a similar attitude towards the poor, the homeless, the street children, the sick, etc.? Jesus loved all of them. He did not see them as filth or dirt but as God's children who needed love and care. Do we see Jesus in the poor and the sick? If we don't, then let me tell you that Jesus is in them, especially those who, despite their hardships, are full of good cheer and gentleness. Suffering has a way of making people humble and good. That is why Jesus said to his disciples in Lk 6: 20-21, "How happy are you who are poor, yours is the kingdom of God. Happy you who are hungry now, you will be satisfied." What Jesus wanted to impress on his disciples was the virtue of poverty and want. How strange but how true!
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
… for families who are in need of healing
* for the healing and recovery of Ernie Dy
… for world peace and reconciliation
… for the special intentions – Beny Chua
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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