Sunday, September 14, 2014
Monday 24th Week in Ordinary Time
Monday 24th Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, Our Lady of Sorrows]
1 Cor 11: 17-26, 33 / Ps 40: 7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17 / Jn 19: 25-27 or Lk 2: 33-35
Reading: 1 Cor 11: 17-26, 33
To continue with my advice, I cannot praise you, for your gatherings are not for the better but for the worse. First, as I have heard, when you gather together, there are divisions among you and I partly believe it. There may have to be different groups among you, so that it becomes clear who among you are genuine. Your gatherings are no longer the Supper of the Lord, for each one eats at once his own food and while one is hungry, the other is getting drunk. Do you not have houses in which to eat and drink? Or perhaps you despise the Church of God and desire to humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say? Shall I praise you? For this I cannot praise you. This is the tradition of the Lord that I received and that in my turn I have handed on to you; the Lord Jesus, on the night that he was delivered up, took bread and, after giving thanks, broke it, saying, "This is my body which is broken for you; do this in memory of me." In the same manner, taking the cup after the supper, he said, "This cup is the new Covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do it in memory of me." So, then, whenever you eat of this bread and drink from this cup, you are proclaiming the death of the Lord until he comes. So then, brothers, when you gather for a meal, wait for one another.
Gospel: Jn 19: 25-27
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister Mary, who was the wife of Cleophas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw the Mother, and the disciple whom he loved, he said to the Mother, "Woman, this is your son." Then he said to the disciple, "There is your mother." And from that moment the disciple took her to his own home.
When we see a member of our family in intense pain, we feel pain, too. The gospel reading presents us Jesus hanging on the cross and below are his mother and the women friends with John the apostle keeping him company and support. Jesus is not outdone in generosity and concerns, so he uttered words of comfort to his mother saying, "This is your son," and to his beloved disciple, a plea for his mother saying, "This is your mother." The scene is heart-rending, but it is also of utmost concern.
Once a mother with a son and two daughters who wanted to join a foreign missionary institute said, "If I had one more daughter I'll still gladly give her to the Lord. The mother told her daughters upon their departure for the foreign mission not to worry for her, for certainly the Lord will take care of her. Soon her son got married and lived separately. Left alone without any of her children around, she entered a nursing home while waiting for the arrival of the missionaries. The son arrived and the daughters arrived. The following day she went home to heaven with the Lord. Was this woman rewarded for allowing her daughters to leave her and go to the foreign mission?
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 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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