Sunday, October 12, 2014
Monday 28th Week in Ordinary Time
October 13, 2014
Monday 28th Week in Ordinary Time
Gal 4: 22-24, 26-27, 31 - 5: 1 / Ps 113: 1b-2, 3-4, 5a and 6-7 / Lk 11: 29-32
Reading: Gal 4: 22-24, 26-27, 31 - 5: 1
It says that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman, the other by the free woman, his wife. The son of the slave woman was born in the ordinary way; but the son of the free woman was born in fulfillment of God's promise. Here we have an allegory and the figures of two covenants. The first is the one from Mount Sinai, represented through Hagar: her children have slavery for their lot. But the Jerusalem above, who is our mother, is free. And Scripture says of her: Rejoice, barren woman without children, break forth in shouts of joy, you who do not know the pains of childbirth, for many shall be the children of the forsaken mother, more than of the married woman. Brethren, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman. Christ freed us to make us really free. So remain firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.
Gospel: Luke 11: 29-32
As the crowd increased, Jesus began to speak in this way, "People of the present time are evil people. They ask for a sign, but no sign will be given to them except the sign of Jonah. As Jonah became a sign for the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be a sign for this generation. The Queen of the South will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and here there is greater than Solomon. The people of Nineveh will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them, for Jonah's preaching made them turn from their sins, and here there is greater than Jonah.
In this passage of the Gospel, Jesus criticized the Scribes and Pharisees who were not able to recognize the call of God in the daily events, but instead, they were looking for signs. How about us today, do we also ask for signs in order to believe and be converted? Jesus said, "No more signs!
We have heard the Good News! Jesus came to save us and we have heard and seen what he had done through the Gospels and also in our lives. But until when do we keep ourselves from believing? Faith is not just a mere word. Faith is life and it has to be seen in our own life. Let us stop our being childish in our faith and assume with courage our responsibility as Christians, as Catholics. Do we need to be reminded always of the commandments?
Jesus came to bring us the Good News and had made many signs: he made the lame walk, the blind see. He multiplied the loaves and fishes, resurrected the dead, cured the sick, pardoned sinners and finally, gave himself-suffered, was crucified and died for us, but rose on the third day! Yes, he resurrected from the dead! What signs are we still looking for? Well, forget it because there will be no other signs.
God, our loving Father, wants us to be saved. This is His only Will-as each one has a place in His Kingdom. He only wants us to love Him with our heart, mind and whole being; and love our brothers and sisters as we love ourselves. This is our only way and no other sign!
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 wisdom, perseverance and clarity of mind for those who prepare and take their exams:
* Karen Tuala who takes the bar exams on the four (4) consecutive weekends of October
... for dj katigbak and tiffany racpan and brods ... guidance and wisdom in the preparation and actual taking of exams
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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