October 21, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 29TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Pedro Calungsod, Catechist, and
Bl. Diego Luis de Sanvitores, Priest, Martyrs
Rom 6:12 – 18 / Lk 12:39 – 48.
[San Pedro Calungsod (1654 – 1672), Filipino catechist and missionary to Guam, and Bl. Diego Luis de Sanvitores (1627 – 1672). Spanish Jesuit missionary whom San Pedro assisted, were martyred in Guam. San Pedro is the second Filipino canonized a saint.]
Reading: Rom 6:12 – 18
Do not allow sin any control over your mortal bodies; do not submit yourselves to its evil inclinations, and do not give your members over to sin, as instruments to do evil. On the contrary, offer yourselves as persons returned from death to life, and let the members of your body be as holy instruments at the service of God. Sin will not lord it over you again, for you are not under the law, but under grace.
I ask again: are we to sin because we are not under the Law, but under grace? Certainly not. If you have given yourselves up to someone as his slave, you are to obey the one who commands you, aren't you? Now with sin you go to death, and by accepting faith you go the right way. Let us give thanks to God for, after having sin as your master, you have been given to another, that is, to the doctrine of faith, to which you listen willingly. And being free from sin, you began to serve true righteousness.
Gospel: Lk 12:39 - 48
Jesus said, "Pay attention to this: If the master of the house had known at what time the thief would come, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect."
Peter said, "Lord, did you tell this parable only for us, or for everyone?" And the Lord replied, "Imagine, then, the wise and faithful steward whom the master sets over his other servants to give them food rations at the proper time. Fortunate is this servant if his master on coming home finds him doing his work. Truly I say to you, the master will put him in charge of all his property.
"But it may be that the steward thinks: 'My Lord delays in coming' and he begins to abuse the menservants and the servant girls, eating and drinking and getting drunk. Then the master will come on a day he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know. He will discharge his servant and number him along the unreliable.
"The servant who knew his master's will, but did not prepare to do what his master wanted, will be punished with sound blows . . . Much will be required of the one who has been given much, and more will be asked of the one entrusted with more."
The Gospel reading speaks of the master of the house who could be robbed if he did not take the proper precautions. It also speaks of the stewards of the master of the house, of those who are faithful and would thus be properly rewarded and the irresponsible ones who took advantage when the master was away and who would then be discharged by the master due to their unreliability. The Gospel reading ends with a lesson often mentioned in the Gospels, "Much will be required of the one who has been given much, and more will be asked of the one entrusted with more."
In reality, all of us are stewards of God. We have been created and given many gifts and talents through the graciousness of God. We will be held accountable for what we did with the many gifts and talents entrusted to us. Have we made good use of them? Have we used them for others? Have we used them only for our own selfish needs? Or have we just hidden them?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
CONNIE M. PARAAN
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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