Friday, September 12, 2014
Saturday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
Saturday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, St. John Chrysostom]
1 Cor 10: 14-22 / Ps 116: 12-13, 17-18/ Lk 6: 43-49
Reading: 1 Cor 10: 14-22
Therefore, dear friends, shun the cult of idols. I address you as intelligent persons; judge what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a communion with the blood of Christ? And the bread that we break, is it not a communion with the body of Christ? The bread is one, and so we, though many, form one body, sharing the one bread. Consider the Israelites. For them, to eat of the victim is to come into communion with its altar. What does all that mean? That the meat is really consecrated to the idol, or that the idol is a being. However, when the pagans offer a sacrifice, the sacrifice goes to the demons, not to God. I do not want you to come into fellowship with demons. You cannot drink at the same time from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons. You cannot share in the table of the Lord and in the table of the demons. Do we want, perhaps, to provoke the jealousy of the Lord? Could we be stronger than he?
Gospel: Luke 6: 43-49
No healthy tree bears bad fruit, no poor tree bears good fruit. And each tree is known by the fruit it bears: you don't gather figs from thorns, or grapes from brambles. Similarly the good person draws good things from the good stored in the heart, and an evil person draws evil things from the evil stored in the heart. For the mouth speaks from the fullness of the heart. Why do you call me: 'Lord! Lord!' and not do what I say? I will show you what the one who comes to me and listens to my words and acts accordingly, is like. That one is like the builder who dug deep and laid the foundations of his house on rock. The river overflowed and the stream dashed against the house, but could not carry it off because the house had been well built. But the one who listens and does not act, is like a man who built his house on the ground without a foundation. The flood burst against it, and the house fell at once: and what a terrible disaster that was!"
"The Apple doesn't fall far from the tree." Children inherit genes and traits from their parents. Also, what a child sees at home especially from his parents, he mimics because he believes it is good. At an early age, children's reference for what is right or wrong is the home. If a parent wants their child to be good, then they themselves must do good. And, even though a person seems good and acts good, the goodness should be based on the goodness of his heart and the words that he preaches.
When God calls us, we need to listen to him. If we talk to God, let us not expect an answer straight away. God's ways are not our ways. Let us have patience and actually wait till it is our turn to be blessed by an answer which we must be able to discern well.
God is our Father, and like our birth father, we must obey because he knows what is best for us. He knows the way we should follow and he will lead us to greatness.
Based on my experience, when I didn't listen to the good advice given to me by my parents, I felt like I was straying and destroying my future because of the bad decisions that I made. But when I found God and the heart and common sense to listen to all the good advice given to me, I was blessed with a ton of gifts, not only material ones, but peace of mind.
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 Abbey and Jayvee
… for world peace and reconciliation
… In memoriam (+) : Bernardo Santiago Jr.
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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