October 22, 2015 THURSDAY, 29TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. John Paul II, Pope
Rom 6:19-23 / Lk 12:49-53
Reading: Rom 6:19-23
You see that I speak in a very human way, taking into account that you are not fully mature.
There was a time when you let your members be slaves of impurity and disorder, walking in the way of sin; convert them now into servants of righteousness, to the point of becoming holy.
When you were slaves of sin, you did not feel under obligation to righteousness, but what were the fruits of those actions of which you are now ashamed? Such things bring death. Now, however, you have been freed from sin and serve God. You are bearing fruit and growing in holiness, and the result will be life everlasting. So on one side is Sin: its reward, death; on the other side is God: he gives us, by grace, life everlasting in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Gospel: Lk 12:49-53
I have come to bring fire upon the earth and how I wish it were already kindled; but I have a baptism to undergo and what anguish I feel until it is over! Do you think that I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on, in one house five will be divided; three against two, and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father; mother against daughter and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."
The Gospel today speaks of our constant struggle to be great and to be in control of everything which often leads to conflict with other people and also within ourselves. When failures come our way, we often put the blame on others. We are so self-centered that we distance ourselves from people around us especially when they do not meet our expectations. God allows many struggles and conflicts in our life not to punish or destroy us but to purify us. St. Pope John Paul II shared a comforting message in one of his homilies during the World Youth Day in 2002 when he said, "We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father's love for us and our real capacity to become the image of His Son."
The first reading is calling us to constantly desire to be holy because this will bring us to experience eternal life. Does it mean that we need to die physically for us to experience eternal life? No. Actually, it is possible for us to have a foretaste of eternal life now. When we give of ourselves to others and this is reciprocated, we experience eternal life. When Jesus touches us in our prayer time, it is again an experience of eternal life. When we do a pure act of charity and humility, it is a small taste of eternal life.
St. Pope John Paul II said, "People are made for happiness. Rightly, then, you thirst for happiness. Christ has the answer to this desire of yours. But he asks you to trust him. True joy is a victory, something which cannot be obtained without a long and difficult struggle." He also said, "The world you are inheriting is a world which desperately needs a new sense of brotherhood and human solidarity. It is a world which needs to be touched and healed by the beauty and richness of God's love."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
IN MEMORIAM (+)
LUISA SIM PAK SZE ALIANAN
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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