Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Wednesday 25th Week in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 25th Week in Ordinary Time
Prv 30:5-9 / Ps 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163 / Lk 9:1-6
Reading: Prv 30:5-9
Every word of God is true, he is a shield in whom man can find refuge. Add nothing to his words lest he rebuke you and take you for a liar. O God, two things I beg of you, do not deny me them before I die. Keep lying and falsehood far away from me, give me neither poverty nor riches. Give me just as much food as I need lest, satisfied, I deny you and say, "Who is Yahweh?" Or else, out of necessity, I steal and profane the name of my God.
Gospel: Luke 9: 1-6
Then Jesus called his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to drive out all evil spirits and to heal diseases. And he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He instructed them, "Don't take anything for the journey, neither walking stick, nor bag, nor bread, nor silver coins; and don't even take a spare tunic. Whatever house you enter, remain there until you leave that place. And wherever they don't welcome you, leave the town and shake the dust from your feet: it will be as a testimony against them." So they set out and went through the villages, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.
In the first reading, there is a very good saying: "Do not give me poverty or riches, just my share of bread to eat. Because if I have riches, I might forget God. And if I am destitute, I might turn to stealing." How true this saying is. There are many people who when they become rich, forget God or indulge in so many pleasures that lead them to a very worldly lifestyle. Money is indeed the root of all evil. It makes a person a slave of material things and pleasures and brings people away from God. On the other hand, the poor man might turn to stealing when he can no longer endure his feelings of hunger. Or else in desperation and concern for his suffering family, he becomes a criminal to obtain food. What is the moral of this 'story'? Let those who have money in excess give to those in want. Let the poor man not feel ashamed to receive charity because money is meant to be shared. A society that takes care of its poor people is obeying the commandment of God to love thy neighbor. In the Acts of the Apostles, there were deacons who took care of the needs of the poor, the widows and the orphans. As for us, let us not desire more than our daily needs lest we become slaves of money. Let us live simply and share what we have.
In the gospel, the apostles went around sharing not money, but the Good News of the kingdom. They brought no food or money with them to show to others that their mission was to make people aware of another kingdom superior to our material world. They urged people to live with the desire for the heavenly kingdom.
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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