Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Wednesday 29th Week in Ordinary Time
October 22, 2014
Wednesday 29th Week in Ordinary Time
Eph 3:2-12 / Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6 / LK 12: 39-48
Reading: Eph 3:2-12
You may have heard of the graces God bestowed on me for your sake. By a revelation he gave me the knowledge of his mysterious design, as I have explained in a few words. On reading them you will have some idea of how I understand the mystery of Christ. This mystery was not made known to past generations but only now, through revelations given to holy apostles and prophets. Now the non-Jewish people share the Inheritance; in Christ Jesus the non-Jews are incorporated and are to enjoy the Promise. This is the Good News of which I have become minister by a gift of God, a grace he gave me, when his power worked in me. This grace was given to me, the least among all the holy ones: to announce to the pagan nations the immeasurable riches of Christ and to make clear to all how the mystery, hidden from the beginning in God, the Creator of all things, is to be fulfilled. Even the heavenly forces and powers will now discover through the Church the wisdom of God in its manifold expression, as the plan is being fulfilled which God designed from the beginning in Christ Jesus, our Lord. In him we receive boldness and confidence to approach God.
Gospel: Luke 12: 39-48
Pay attention to this: If the master of the house had known at what time the thief would come, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect." Peter said, "Lord, did you tell this parable only for us, or for everyone?" And the Lord replied, "Imagine, then, the wise and faithful steward whom the master sets over his other servants to give them food rations at the proper time. Fortunate is this servant if his master on coming home finds him doing his work. Truly, I say to you, the master will put him in charge of all his property. But it may be that the steward thinks: 'My Lord delays in coming,' and he begins to abuse the menservants and the servant girls, eating and drinking and getting drunk. Then the master will come on a day he does not expect him and at an hour he doesn't know. He will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the unfaithful. The servant who knew his master's will, but did not prepare to do what his master wanted, will be punished with sound blows; but the one who did what deserved a punishment without knowing it shall receive fewer blows. Much will be required of the one who has been given much, and more will be asked of the one entrusted with more.
"When a man has been given a great deal, a great deal will be demanded of him."
George is a boy who is intelligent and industrious. He doesn't do things half heartedly or in a hurry. He always likes things done well therefore never waits until the last minute before doing what is asked or expected of him. Because of this, his teachers always demand more from him than from any other student. George complains that he does more work than others, but this is because he can be depended on to deliver what is necessary.
Being Christians, we also have this responsibility. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have received a lot in terms of listening to God's word, going to mass, receiving Holy Communion, attending talks and catechism. Therefore it is our duty to give more than the others who don't know about the love of God, or about His commandments. When others commit sin out of ignorance the gravity of the sin is less than for those who know that what they are doing is wrong and still do it.
Let us try to be like the worthy servant who is responsible and takes his duty seriously knowing that if we do what God has intended us to do, then we will truly be worthy of our heavenly price.
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 and Lisette Mandocdoc who will take the bar exams on the four (4) consecutive weekends of October
* Elmer and Liza who will take their exams on October 25, 26, 28
... for the safe trip of Patrick K and for the personal intentions of Cherie Torres
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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