10 September 2016
Saturday, 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
Bl. Francisco Garate, Religious;
St. Nicolas de Tolentino, Priest
1 Cor 10:14 – 22 / Lk 6:43 – 49
Born near Loyola in Spain, Bl. Francisco Garate (1857 – 1929) was a Jesuit lay brother who spent his life in humble tasks.
St. Nicolas de Tolentino (c1246 – 1305), an Italian Augustinian friar, is Patron of the Holy Souls in purgatory on account of his great devotion to the Holy Souls. He was the first Augustinian canonized saint by Pope Eugene IV, also an Augustinian.
Gospel Reading: Lk 6:43 - 49
Jesus said to the crowd, "No healthy tree bears bad fruit, no poor tree bears good fruit. And each tree is known by the fruit it bears: you don't gather figs from thorns, or grapes from brambles. Similarly the good person draws good things from the good stored in the heart, and an evil person draws evil things from the evil stored in the heart. For the mouth speaks from the fullness of the heart.
"Why do you call me: 'Lord! Lord!' and not do what I say? I will show you what the one who comes to me and listens to my words and acts accordingly is like. That one is like the builder who dug deep and laid the foundations of his house on rock. The river overflowed and the stream dashed against the house, but could not carry it off because the house had been well built.
"But the one who listens and does not act is like a man who built his house on the ground without a foundation. The flood burst against it, and the house fell at once: and what a terrible disaster that was!"
"By their fruits, you shall know them." The gospel speaks of building our lives on the foundation of solidity and real strength, rooted firmly on the Word of God. The Gospel message is unequivocal – to live a life rooted in firmness and truth, we have to live a life that does not waver when trials come because it is based on God's word.
But the Gospel reading also speaks of something else – the freedom of choice to build on a firm foundation of faith that is grounded and rooted in God's love and mercy. In our lives, God has given us the freedom to build and plant trees that show who we are and how much we value our faith. At the same time, he also allows us to live our lives however we want by giving us his unending gift of free will. True freedom, however, is rooted in our realization that without the love of God, we will constantly put into question our values, our truth and what makes us truly human. The correct use of our freedom will bring joy, happiness and peace. This is the foundation that God calls us to build our lives on.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Danica P. Zamora
Mario Ponce Deleon
Maria Sy Choa
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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