September 16, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 24TH Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Cornelius, Pope,
and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs
1 Tim 3:14 – 16 / Lk 7:31 – 35
[Today's Memorial of Sts. Cornelius (d.253), Pope, and Cyprian (190 – 258), Bishop, both martyrs of the third century, celebrates their martyrdom for their faith. Pope Cornelius defended the faith against the Novatian heretics and died in exile. St. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, a staunch defender of the faith and ecclesiastical discipline, was martyred during the persecution of the Emperor Valerian. ]
Reading: 1 Tim 3:14 - 16
I give you these instructions, although I hope I will see you soon. If I delay, you will know how you ought to conduct yourself in the household of God, that is, the Church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth. How great indeed is the mystery of divine blessing! He was shown in the flesh and sanctified by the Spirit; presented to the angels and proclaimed to all nations. The world believed in him; He was taken up in glory.
Gospel: Lk 7:31 - 35
Jesus said, "What comparison can I use for this people? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace, about whom their companions complain: 'We piped you a tune and you would not dance; we sang funeral songs and you would not cry.'
"Remember John: he did not eat bread or drink wine, and you said, 'He has an evil spirit.' Next came the Son of Man, eating and drinking, and you say: 'Look, a glutton for food and wine, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' But the children of Wisdom always recognize her work."
In the Gospel reading Jesus shows his disappointment with the people: they would not believe John and said he had a demon because he neither ate nor drank; they also rejected Jesus because he ate and drank and was considered a glutton, especially because he consorted with tax collectors and sinners.
The people had fixed notions of how good people and teachers were to live and behave: neither Jesus nor John fitted their notions and thus they were rejected. The message of John and of Jesus did not really matter: the people heard and listened only to what they wanted to hear and listen to. Neither did the signs and miracles Jesus matter to the people.
Today we still hear the message given by John and by Jesus. We still see their lives and example in the Scriptures and in the teaching of the Church. Are we like the Jews of the time of John and Jesus who refused to listen and to hear their message? Or are we, with the grace of God, ready and willing to hear their message about the kingdom of God?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
QUIENG TEE ONGAIGUI
GEORGE & JUDY DY
For the thanksgiving and special intentions of Beny Chua.
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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