Thursday, October 15, 2015
FRIDAY, 28th Week in Ordinary Time
October 16, 2015 FRIDAY, 28th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Hedwig, Religious; St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin
Rom 4:1-8 / Lk 12:1-7
Reading: Rom 4: 1-8
Let us consider Abraham, our father in the flesh. What has he found? If Abraham attained righteousness because of his deeds, he could be proud. But he cannot be this before God. Because Scripture says: Abraham believed God who took it into account and held him to be a just man.
Now, when someone does a work, salary is not given as a favor, but as a debt that is paid. Here, on the contrary, someone who has no deeds to show but believes in Him who makes sinners righteous before him: such faith is taken into account and that person is held as righteous. David congratulates in this way those who become righteous by the favor of God, and not by their actions: Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven and whose offenses are forgotten; blessed the one whose sin God does not take into account!
Gospel: Lk 12:1-7
Meanwhile, such a numerous crowd had gathered that they crushed one another. Then Jesus spoke to his disciples in this way, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered that will not be uncovered, or hidden that will not be made known. Whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in daylight, and what you have whispered in hidden places, will be proclaimed from the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who put to death the body and after that can do no more. But I will tell you whom to fear: Fear the One who after killing you is able to throw you into hell. This one you must fear. Don't you get five sparrows for two pennies? Yet not one of them has been forgotten by God. Even the hairs of your head have been numbered. So do not fear: are you not worth more than a flock of sparrows?
It is clear that the life we live today is temporary. We are not to fear the earthly death, but rather the eternal death. That is why we should not just pay attention to the earthly life, but rather also to the eternal life.Because eternal life lasts forever. Forever is a word we find hard to relate with because all things here do not last. Warranties are limited and guarantees have a lifespan of its own, no matter the assurances we get. All things, no matter how durable get broken. Even this world is passing away slowly. And whatever we do, especially those hidden, are seen by God. All our actions will be uncovered and exposed at the end of time. Nothing will escape God's sight. Have you ever tried to count the hair on your eyebrow? It's impossible to count them, what more the hair on our head? But scripture illustrates that all the hairs have a particular number and that they stay or fall upon God's intervention. God has an accounting and inventory of everything on earth and heaven. It means to say that God is in control. God has authority over all. What consoles us is the love God has for us, that we are precious in his eyes. We are the creatures He created in His image and He loves us dearly and wants us to receive this love for all eternity. Let us then start working then for the things of Heaven, rather than just fix our eyes always and only on tangible earthly concerns. Heaven exists. Forever is real!
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
ERNANI S. ESCOPETE
FULGENCIO & CAMILLA YU CONTRERAS
IN MEMORIAM (+)
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