Monday, September 22, 2014
Tuesday 25th Week in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 25th Week in Ordinary Time
[St. Pio of Petrelcina]
Prv 21: 1-6, 10-13 / Ps 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44 / Lk 8: 19-21
Reading: Prv 21: 1-6, 10-13
In the hands of Yahweh, the heart of the king is like running water; he directs it wherever he wishes. To the eyes of man all his ways are honest but it is Yahweh who weighs the heart. To do what is upright and just pleases Yahweh more than sacrifice. Haughty looks, proud heart, the light of the wicked is sin. The plans of a hardworking man result in earnings; poverty is for those who act too hastily. To make a fortune by means of deceit is like running after the wind; the end is death. The soul of the wicked desires nothing but evil; not even his friend is treated with compassion. When the mocker is punished the ignorant man grows wise; when the wise man is instructed he grows in knowledge. The Just One watches the house of the evildoer and hurls the wicked into misfortune. He who is deaf to the poor man's cry will not be heard when he himself calls out.
Gospel: Luke 8: 19-21
Then his mother and his relatives came to him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd. Someone told him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and wish to meet you." Then Jesus answered, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it."
Many cultures, including Filipinos, value family ties and blood relations. It was so, even in the time of Jesus of Nazareth. In today's gospel, Jesus redefines who his family is. He bases his kinship not on traditional blood or family relations, but on the way one responds to the Word of God. For Jesus, family refers to persons who listen to him, sincerely seeking God's word and will in their lives. For Jesus, the ties that really matter are in relation to God the Father and Creator of all. Those who hear and do God's Word, whether they are related to him by blood or not, they are his Family. Jesus thus expands and reinvents the meaning and nature of Family. Family is now about sharing the same spirit, faith and solidarity with Jesus Christ. Jesus' whole mission was to proclaim and inaugurate the reign of God. In this new scheme of things, the new human family is the Church, the assembly of believers, the Christian community.
The Good News is that because of God's love, even today we can belong to Jesus' Family. Indeed, our baptism initiated us into the Church; in Jesus, with him and through him, we become adopted sons and daughters of God. We have one Father, we are brothers and sisters in Christ. Our baptism gives us the same Spirit of Jesus, the power to desire, to seek and to fulfill the Word and will of God in our life.
As individuals, are we happy to belong to the Church, the family of Jesus? Are we part of a faith community where we can walk and grow as Jesus' brothers and sisters in listening to the Word of God? Assuming that our blood family members have been baptized, what difference does our baptism and brotherhood in Christ make within our family relations? How do we relate to other people in our parish? Belonging to the family of Jesus is indeed a precious gift and task.
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
... for the birthday intentions of Gabbie & Michelle de Guzman
... for the personal intentions of Beny Chua
... for the eternal repose of Gertrudes J. Marasigan
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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