Sunday, October 26, 2014
Monday 30th Week in Ordinary Time
October 27, 2014
Monday 30th Week in Ordinary Time
Eph 4: 32 - 5: 8 / Ps 1: 1-2, 3, 4 and 6 / Lk 13: 10-17
Reading: Eph 4: 32 - 5: 8
Be good and understanding, mutually forgiving one another as God forgave you in Christ. As most beloved children of God, strive to imitate him. Follow the way of love, the example of Christ who loved you. He gave himself up for us and became the offering and sacrificial victim whose fragrance rises to God. And since you are holy, there must not be among you even a hint of sexual immorality or greed, or any kind of impurity: these should not be named among you. So too for scandalous words, nonsense and foolishness, which are not fitting; instead offer thanksgiving to God. Know this: no depraved, impure or covetous person who serves the god 'Money' shall have part in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for these are the sins which God is about to condemn in people who do not obey. Do not associate with such people. You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Behave as children of light;
Gospel: Luke 13: 10-17
Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath and a crippled woman was there. An evil spirit had kept her bent for eighteen years so that she could not straighten up at all. On seeing her, Jesus called her and said, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." Then he laid his hands upon her and immediately she was made straight and praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue was indignant because Jesus had performed this healing on the Sabbath day and he said to the people, "There are six days in which to work; come on those days to be healed and not on the Sabbath." But the Lord replied, "You hypocrites! Everyone of you unties his ox or his donkey on the Sabbath and leads it out of the barn to give it water. And here you have a daughter of Abraham whom Satan had bound for eighteen years. Should she not be freed from her bonds on the Sabbath?" When Jesus said this, all his opponents felt ashamed. But the people rejoiced at the many wonders that happened through him.
"There is always an exemption to the rule!" Each person in authority tries to put her standards or rules but sometimes, we have to go beyond the rules when it comes to the preservation of life and the maintenance of Christian values. We cannot put aside the good of the person even if it does not strictly follow the rule. In the Gospel of today, Jesus just did what is right --to remove the suffering of the woman even if it was the day of the Sabbath. But the Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law could not accept this. They always respected the Law. So Jesus challenged them by asking what is the best to be done on the Sabbath, to let someone die or help the person live? Jesus reminds us that the rules that we put in our life are there to have order among the people. So they should be at the service of the people. The person should come first and everything that the person needs must be given priority. On the other hand, he teaches us that there is a proper time and place to do what is good. We should not abstain from doing good whatever the situation is. To do good should always come first.
What are our priorities in life? Do we sacrifice our relationships just to be at the top and gain power? The question of Jesus to the teachers of the Law applies to us today. What is our response?
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 repose of the souls of Florencia Cabrera and Florencio Cabrera
... 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 birthday intentions of Dottie Lacson
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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