Sunday, September 21, 2014
Monday 25th Week in Ordinary Time
Monday 25th Week in Ordinary Time
Prv 3: 27-34 / Ps 15: 2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 / Lk 8: 16-18
Reading: Prv 3: 27-34
Do not hold back from those who ask your help, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, "Go away! Come another time; tomorrow I will give it to you!" when you can help him now. Do not plot evil against your neighbor who lives trustingly beside you, nor fight a man without cause when he has done you no wrong. Do not envy the man of violence or follow his example. For Yahweh hates the wicked but guides the honest. He curses the house of the evildoer but blesses the home of the upright. If there are mockers, he mocks them in turn but he shows his favor to the humble.
Gospel: Lk 8:16-18
No one, after lighting a lamp, covers it with a bowl or puts it under the bed; rather he puts it on a lampstand so that people coming in may see the light. In the same way, there is nothing hidden that shall not be uncovered; nothing kept secret that shall not be known clearly. Now, take care how well you listen, for whoever produces will be given more, but from those who do not produce, even what they seem to have will be taken away from them."
What is the lamp that should not be covered but should be put on a lampstand for all people to see? It is the light of Christ. As baptized Christians, it is our responsibility to bring the light of Christ to all. We can do this in various ways depending on our positions in life. Some of us have taken the religious vows or are lay missionaries and directly preach the love of God and the great sacrifice of Jesus for us. But preaching is not the only way to bring the light of Christ to all. We ordinary lay people can do this by the way we live, by our examples. If we live with love for others, we are sharing with them the love of Christ. If we treat our fellowmen justly, pay our household and business staff with just wage and give them the benefits they deserve, we are following Jesus' teachings on justice. If we share our resources with the less fortunate, we follow Jesus' teaching on compassion. If we listen to God's will in the silence of our hearts and worship the one true God through the Holy Eucharist, we are doing what Jesus wants us to do - to love God with all your heart. "All hidden things will be discovered, secret things will be made known" if we continue to grow spiritually. Keeping the love of God only to ourselves means being blessed abundantly but not sharing our blessedness with others. That's selfishness. And if that happens, we don't deserve our blessedness and it may be taken away from us.
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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