Monday, November 02, 2015
TUESDAY, 31st Week in Ordinary Time
November 3, 2015 TUESDAY, 31st Week in Ordinary Time
St. Martin de Porres, Religious;
Bl. Rupert Mayer, Priest
Rom 12:5 – 16ab / Lk 14:15 - 24
[Born in Lima, Peru, St. Martin de Porres (1579 – 1639) lived a life of prayer, fasting and penance as a Dominican. He ministered to the poor and sick in Lima, especially slaves.]
[Bl. Rupert Mayer (1876 – 1945), a German Jesuit priest, preached missions with special concern for the poor and immigrants. He fought against the Nazis.]
Reading: Rom 12:5 – 16ab
The same with us; being many, we are one body in Christ, depending on one another. Let each one of us, therefore, serve according to our different gifts. Are you a prophet? Then give the insights of faith. Let the minister fulfill his office; let the teacher teach, the one who encourages, convince.
You must, likewise, give with an open hand, preside with dedication, and be cheerful in your works of charity.
Let love be sincere. Hate what is evil and hold to whatever is good. Love one another and be considerate. Outdo one another in mutual respect. Be zealous in fulfilling your duties. Be fervent in the Spirit and serve God.
Have hope and be cheerful. Be patient in trials and pray constantly. Share with other Christians in need. With those passing by, be ready to receive them.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not wish evil on anyone. Rejoice with those who are joyful, and weep with those who weep. Live in peace with one another. Do not dream of extraordinary things.
Gospel: Lk 14:15 – 24
Upon hearing these words, one of those at the table said to Jesus, "Happy are those who eat at the banquet in the kingdom of God!"
Jesus replied, "A man once gave a feast and invited many guests. When it was time for the feast he sent his servant to tell those he had invited to come, for everything was ready. But all alike began to make excuses. The first said: 'Please excuse me. I must go and see the piece of land I have just bought.' Another said: 'I am sorry, but I am on my way to try out the five yoke of oxen I have just bought.' Still another said, 'How can I come when I have just married?'
The servant returned alone and reported this to his master. Upon hearing the account, the master of the house flew into a rage and ordered his servant: 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.'
The servant reported after a while: 'Sir, your orders have been carried out, but there is still room.' The master said: 'Go out to the highways and country lanes and force people to come in, to make sure my house is full. I tell you, none of those invited will have a morsel of my feast."
St. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, tells us that we have been given different gifts. These gifts should be used in the service of all with love and joy: "Are you a prophet? Then give the insights of faith. Let the deacon fulfill his office; let the teacher teach, the one who encourages, convince." (Rom 12: 6 -7)
The Gospel reading speaks of the banquet God has prepared for all. The parable clarifies that, in order for one to participate and enjoy the eternal banquet, it was necessary to respond to God's call inviting everyone to gather as a community and to participate in building a more loving world.
Though those who refuse to come to the banquet had good reasons, financial, family and other needs and concerns must be balanced with the greater need and urgency of our obligations to God and to our fellows, especially in the community of the Church.
How do we live out our many priorities and concerns in life? We certainly would not wish to be left out of God's eternal banquet.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
UBALDO N. INOCENTES
IN MEMORIAM (+)
YU LIM LIAN ENG (1915 – 2009)
DR. HERMINIA SY-SIA
DR. JEAN SY-ACEBEDO
For the thanksgiving and special intentions of Beny Chua.
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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