28 September 2016
Wednesday, 26th Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and Companions Martyrs
St. Wenceslaus, Martyr
Jb 9:1 -12, 14 – 16 / Lk 9: 57 – 62
San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila (d 1630) was a Filipino layman martyred in Japan together with fifteen others. They were beatified (1981) in Manila by Pope St. John Paul II in the first ever beatification ceremony done outside Rome and canonized (1987) in Rome by the same Pope. He is the first Filipino canonized saint.
St. Wenceslaus (907 – 929), Duke of Bohemia, was murdered by his brother for political and religious reasons.
Gospel Reading: Lk 9: 57– 62
As they went on their way, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head."
To another Jesus said, "Follow me." But he answered, "Let me go back now, for first I want to bury my father." And Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their dead; as for you, leave them and proclaim the kingdom of God."
Another said to him, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family." And Jesus said to him, "Whoever has put his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God."
Our purpose in this world, our daily journey and our ultimate destination is to enter God's eternal life at his heavenly Kingdom. This predestined journey enables us to participate in God's mission to constantly show kindness and love to others. Reaching our destination will have its share of adversities; hopefully we can say that "we have done some good on this earth."
More than showing love and kindness, our challenge is this: How do we let other people realize God's love and kindness? What will be ways for people to follow God?
Through a personal experience of undergoing Days With The Lord (DWTL), this has been a significant part of my existence because it was a way to experience Christ's unconditional love. A most amazing part of this Christian journey was when my mother joined a DWTL weekend for adults aged 50 years old and above last February 2013, just two months after her husband, my father, suddenly succumbed to a heart attack. Through DWTL she realized that she was not alone in this journey, and God would always be at her side no matter what.
Another surprising discovery on this Christian journey was when my fiancé joined the Yuppie Days With The Lord community. I pray that he encountered in ways we don't expect, how God reveals his love for us through different avenues. More than this, this intimate and personal relationship with Christ makes the journey even more exciting.
Together with my mother and fiancé, we strive to stay faithful to our mission and enthusiastically invite others to join our Christian journey. We pray that others join in on this mission as well.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Terence Christopher G. Ang
Diosallen N. Virtudazo
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas DD
Rolly dela Rosa
Rebecca Chua Lim Siu Cheng
Benjamin & Michelle Lynette Jones
Ferdie Bel & Catherine 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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