Monday, October 19, 2015
TUESDAY, 29th Week in Ordinary Time
October 20, 2015 TUESDAY, 29th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Paul of the Cross, Priest
Rom 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21 / Lk 12:35-38
Reading: Rom 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21
Therefore, sin entered the world through one man and through sin, death, and later on death spread to all humankind, because all sinned.
All died because of the fault of one man, but how much more does the grace of God spread when the gift he granted reaches all, from this unique man Jesus Christ. If death reigned through the disobedience of one and only one person, how much more will there be a reign of life for those who receive the grace and the gift of true righteousness through the one person, Jesus Christ.
Just as one transgression brought sentence of death to all, so, too, one man's good act has brought justification and light to all; and as the disobedience of only one made all sinners, so the obedience of one person allowed all to be made just and holy.
Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, and as sin caused death to reign, so grace will reign in its own time, and after making us just and friends of God, will bring us to eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Gospel: Lk 12:35-38
"Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak.
In today's Gospel, the Lord teaches us a lesson in faithfulness. Just as the Lord is committed to us in a bond of unbreakable love, we too should always remain true and committed to Him. If we are to be like the servants who are ready and waiting, we need to always be in a state of grace, borne out of faithfulness to Him.
It is difficult to remain faithful or prepared for the Lord's coming, because we live in a society that extols freedom and self-centeredness. We live in a world where personal happiness and satisfaction is a priority. If our current preoccupation – whether it be our career, wealth, a relationship, habit or the like – is not holy and pleasing to Him, then we are being unfaithful and are not ready for the Master's return. We are distracted from focusing on God's will for us.
We are asked to wait and that can really take a toll especially for some of us who find themselves somewhat impatient. With fast food readily available, with what we desire conveniently delivered at the click of a mouse, we cannot sit still and be ready for the Lord to arrive. We are asked to pray and prepare ourselves. Oh, how much grace we will need to keep watch and stay at our post!
It is quite challenging to be faithful on our own. We need the strength of the Holy Spirit to help keep us faithful and ready. We need the guidance of our community who are one-minded in this mission for the Lord.
What part of our life is keeping us from being faithful to him? Lift it up to the Lord and ask Him for the grace to repent and remain steadfast. He promises a great reward to those servants who are ready.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
ROBERT DOMINIC B. CONDOR & ROPHI DENISH B. CONDOR
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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