Sunday, September 25, 2016


Monday, 26th Week in Ordinary Time

26 September 2016 

Monday, 26th Week in Ordinary Time

Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs  



Jb 1:6 – 22 / Lk 9:46 – 50


St. Cosmas and Damian (d. 303) were brothers known for their medical skills and were martyred under Diocletian.


Gospel Reading: Lk 9: 46 - 50

One day the disciples were arguing about which of them the most important was.  But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he took a little child and stood him by his side. Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. And listen: the one who is found to be the least among you all, is the one who is the greatest."


Then John spoke up, "Master, we saw someone who drives out demons by calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him, because he doesn't follow you with us."  But Jesus said, "Don't forbid him. He who is not against you is for you."



In today's Gospel reading, we find our Lord Jesus using two instances to point out to his disciples the attitudes which are incompatible with his idea of discipleship. 


The first is a desire for power, or any form of status or privilege with which one is set apart from or over others. The second is intolerance for others who do not belong to the same group. 


Underlying these two attitudes is a false sense of exclusivity. As we all know, women and children had no status in Jewish society during Jesus' time. By holding up a child as an example, Jesus is turning their world view upside down. This was how radical or revolutionary the teachings of our Lord were as they appeared to his contemporaries. 


Even in our modern times, many of these wrong attitudes are still with us albeit in modified forms. Do we try to make an effort to understand other people who are different from us in skin color, physical features, cultural or faith traditions, social standing, or interests? Do we feel uncomfortable around them? If we still do, are we aware how incompatible these attitudes are with Christian discipleship? 






     Fr. Thomas H. O'Gorman, SJ

     Marilyn Sung Lu

     Rey Jaymalin

     Sr. Ditma Luz J. Trocio, MIC



     Nonoy, Shirley and Lorenzo Panganiban



     Dra. Rosalind Sia & Dr. John Lim



     Conchita Chuah Khoon


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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