Thursday, October 29, 2015
FRIDAY, 30th Week in Ordinary Time
October 30, 2015 FRIDAY, 30th Week in Ordinary Time
Bl Dominic Collins, Religious
Rom 9:1-5 / Lk 14:1-6
Reading: Rom 9:1-5
I tell you sincerely in Christ, and my conscience assures me in the Holy Spirit that I am not lying: I have great sadness and constant anguish for the Jews. I would even desire that I myself suffer the curse of being cut off from Christ, instead of my brethren: I mean my own people, my kin. They are Israelites whom God adopted, and on them rests his Glory. Theirs are the covenants, the Law, the worship and the promises of God. They are descendants of the Patriarchs and from their race Christ was born, he who as God is above all distinctions. Blessed be He forever and ever: Amen!
Gospel: Lk 14:1-6
One Sabbath Jesus had gone to eat a meal in the house of a leading Pharisee, and he was carefully watched. In front of him was a man suffering from dropsy; so Jesus asked the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?" But no one answered. Jesus then took the man, healed him and sent him away. And he addressed them, "If your lamb or your ox falls into a well on a Sabbath day, who among you doesn't hurry to pull it out?" And they could not answer.
Today we celebrate the feast day of Blessed Dominic Collins, a Jesuit brother. He was born into a well established family in Ireland and basically had a good life. He lacked nothing in terms of material possessions. When he grew up he became a distinguished soldier for some time. Eventually in his early 30's in spite of everything he had and of his accomplishments, he realized that something was still missing in his life. It was empty. He wanted to do more. It was when he started searching that he met an Irish Jesuit and was convinced this is where the Lord was calling him. He became a brother and was assigned with a Jesuit priest who was chaplain to the Spanish envoy sent to help the persecuted Irish Catholics. In 1602, Brother Dominic was imprisoned and was being persuaded to divulge the hiding places of all the Catholics, and for that he would be spared. But he refused to do that, and on Oct. 31, 1602, he was hanged. But as he was climbing the scaffolding, he exuded excitement on his face that made a soldier comment that he was like going to a banquet. To this Bro. Dominic replied "For this cause I would be willing to die a thousand deaths."
It is wonderful to reflect on the life of Bl. Dominic and compare it with ours. Do we have enough courage and love that we are willing to die for the other? Let us live our lives so greatly that those who witness our walk on this earth will really give glory to God.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
BENNY G. SOLIVEN
DR. SOTERANIA S. SANTIAGO
AMADO C. SANTIAGO
BERNARDO C. SANTIAGO JR.
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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