Sunday, October 23, 2016
Monday, 30th Week in Ordinary Time
24 October 2016
Monday, 30th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop
Eph 4:32 -5:8 / Lk 13: 10 – 17
St. Anthony Mary Claret (1807 – 1870), a Spanish missionary priest from Catalonia and the Canary Islands, became Archbishop of Santiago in Cuba; he founded the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians, 1849).
From the 1st Reading: Eph 5:1 – 4
As most beloved children of God, strive to imitate him. Follow the way of love, the example of Christ who loved you. He gave himself up for us and became the offering and sacrificial victim whose fragrance rises to God. And since you are holy, there must not be among you even a hint of sexual immorality or greed, or any kind of impurity: these should not be named among you. So too for scandalous words, nonsense and foolishness, which are not fitting; instead offer thanksgiving to God.
Gospel Reading: Lk 13:10 – 17
Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath and a crippled woman was there. An evil spirit had kept her bent for eighteen years so that she could not straighten up at all.
On seeing her, Jesus called her and said, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." Then he laid his hands upon her and immediately she was made straight and praised God.
But the ruler of the synagogue was indignant because Jesus had performed this healing on the sabbath day and he said to the people, "There are six days in which to work; come on those days to be healed and not on the Sabbath."
But the Lord replied, "You hypocrites! Everyone of you unties his ox or his donkey on the Sabbath and leads it out of the barn to give it water. And here you have a daughter of Abraham whom Satan had bound for eighteen years. Should she not be freed from her bonds on the Sabbath?" When Jesus said this, all his opponents felt ashamed. But the people rejoiced at the many wonders that happened through him.
Jesus in his time upended or turned upside down the time-honored traditions and beliefs of the Jewish elders and scribes, who lorded it over the rest of the populace. As a result, he earned a death sentence.
But for our Lord, what mattered more were mercy, compassion and love, more than the technicality of whether a good act was allowed on a certain day or hour, or if one was ritually clean, etc. He brought liberation from oppressive laws and rituals, cure to those who were sick, freedom for those possessed by evil spirits, mercy and peace for sinners.
"Lord, thank you for your mercy and love, which are given freely to those who are in need and to those who ask for these graces. Your mercy and love know no bounds!"
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Diosdado T. Ng
Brian Matthew Dy Siy
Brendan & Janice Gotamco Eckett
Have a good day!
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