October 29, 2014
Wednesday 30th Week in Ordinary Time
Eph 6: 1-9 / Ps 145: 10-11, 12-13ab, 13cd-14 / Lk 13: 22-30
Reading: Eph 6: 1-9
Children, obey your parents for this is right: Honor your father and your mother. And this is the first commandment that has promise: that you may be happy and enjoy long life in the land. And you, fathers, do not make rebels of your children, but educate them by correction and instruction which the Lord may inspire. Servants, obey your masters of this world with fear and respect, with simplicity of heart, as if obeying Christ. Do not serve only when you are watched or in order to please others, but become servants of Christ who do God's will with all your heart. Work willingly, for the Lord and not for humans, mindful that the good each one has done, whether servant or free, will be rewarded by the Lord. And you, masters, deal with your servants in the same way, and do not threaten them, since you know that they and you have the same Lord who is in heaven, and he treats all fairly.
Gospel: Luke 13: 22-30
Jesus went through towns and villages teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, "Lord, is it true that few people will be saved?" And Jesus answered, "Do your best to enter by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you will stand outside; then you will knock at the door calling: 'Lord, open to us.' But he will say to you: 'I do not know where you come from.' Then you will say: We ate and drank with you and you taught in our streets! But he will reply: 'I don't know where you come from. Away from me all you workers of evil.'You will weep and grind your teeth when you see Abraham and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves left outside. Others will sit at table in the kingdom of God, people coming from east and west, from north and south. Some who are among the last will be the first, and others who were first will be last!"
Most of the time the only people who stand by us, whether we are good or not, are our parents. They always try to the best of their knowledge to bring us up well. We are taken care of and are nurtured to become well-rounded individuals when we grow up and responsible Christians. There is a stage in life known as puberty, wherein we start to discover our own identity. A lot of times, during this stage, we rebel and become nasty towards our parents simply because we are trying to "break free" from what we learned at home and to be able to draw in what the world has to offer.
Our parents would be considered lucky if we grew out of this stage quickly. Unfortunately for some, even at the late stages in their lives, they still live rebelling against their parents sometimes even saying "thank God I'm out of my father's house, I can do what I want." So sad indeed.
Blessed is the child who grows up with a lot of gratitude towards his parents, regardless of their weaknesses and failures, knowing full well he owes his life to them. This person will grow up with a lot of love and respect for himself and those around him. And God will reward him greatly.
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:
* Elmer and Liza who will take their exams on October 25, 26, 28
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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