Thursday, September 17, 2015
FRIDAY, 24th Week in Ordinary Time
September 18, 2015 FRIDAY, 24th Week in Ordinary Time
1 Tm 6:2c - 12 / Lk 8: 1 - 3
Reading: 1 Tm 6:6 – 12
. . . religion is a treasure if we are content with what we have. We brought nothing into the world and we will leave it with nothing. Let us then be content with having food and clothing. Those who strive to be rich fall into temptations and traps. A lot of foolish and harmful ambitions plunge them into ruin and destruction. Indeed, love of money is the root of every evil. Because of this greed, some have wandered away from the faith, bring on themselves afflictions of every kind.
But you, man of God, shun all this. Strive to be holy and godly. Live in faith and love, with endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. . .
Gospel: Lk 8:1 - 3
Jesus walked through towns and countryside, preaching and giving the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve followed him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary called Magdalene, who had been freed of seven demons; Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod's steward; Suzanna and others who provided for them out of their own funds.
The first reading says that whoever desires to become rich could easily become a prey to temptation. Money, the root of all evil, should not be the end-all for a Christian. Riches could easily turn a person away from God because the devil uses it to make men greedy, worldly, pleasure-seeking and materialistic To be content with enough food and clothing is what St. Paul advises in his letter to Timothy.
Instead of going after money we are called to dedicate our lives to God. God gives us the true riches – eternal life, happiness in our dealings with others, love for poverty and simplicity. The man of God fights the good fight of faith desiring only to be filled with Christ-like patience and gentleness. Paul has a word for the rich Christians as well. He exhorts them to be rich in good deeds and to be generous with their riches.
The Gospel reading tells us about women who accompanied and supported Jesus and his disciples in their travels. From their own resources they provided for the needs of Jesus and his apostles. They used what they had to help in the preaching the Good News.
When Jesus sent out his disciples he instructed them to depend on the generosity of people to whom they preached the Good News.
Even in our time the Church and its workers depend on the generosity of the faithful for their support and livelihood, "The Lord ordered that those announcing the Gospel live from the Gospel" (1 Cor 9:14) for "how beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who herald peace and happiness, who proclaim salvation." (Is 52: 7)
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
DRA. EVELYN N. ALMALEL
LOURDES G. CHOA
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