Friday, September 29, 2017
SATURDAY, 25TH Week in Ordinary Time
September 30, 2017 – SATURDAY, 25TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Zec 2: 5 - 9, 14 - 15 / Lk 9: 43b - 45
Born in Dalmatia, St. Jerome (342 - 420), devoted monk and ascetic, was commissioned by Pope Damasus to prepare the Latin Vulgate of the Bible, the official edition of the Scriptures.
FROM THE FIRST READING: Zec 2: 14 -15
"Sing and rejoice, 0 daughter of Zion, for I am about to come, I shall dwell among you," says Yahweh. "On that day, many nations will join Yahweh and be my people, but my dwelling is among you."
GOSPEL READING: Lk 9: 43b - 45
While all were amazed at everything Jesus did, he said to his disciples, "Listen and remember what I tell you now: The Son of Man will be delivered into human hands." But the disciples did not understand this saying: something prevented them from grasping what he meant and they were afraid to ask about it.
As God Jesus knew that his mission for the Father would end by death on the cross. He became man, born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, emptying himself to save humankind. He entered his passion and death willingly. All because he loved us.
His disciples could not understand his statements about his impending death. How could Jesus, their Master and teacher, the one they professed as the Messiah, the one who performed marvelous deeds of healing and mercy, even raised the dead to life, suffer and die? The disciples could not understand the significance and necessity in God's plan of Jesus' passion and death.
Isaiah had written about the Suffering Servant. Jesus himself spoke several times about his passion, death and rising from the dead. How could the disciples understand "rising from the dead"?
Like the disciples, we too find it difficult to understand how the great teacher and miracle worker Jesus would suffer and die on the cross. We find it difficult to understand how a loving Father God could have planned things this way for his only begotten Son-become-man.
We are reminded that God's ways are not our ways. We are reminded that Jesus' passion, death and resurrection were planned by a loving God to show Jesus' and his own love for us. We are reminded that true love has no boundaries and really follows no logic.
We pray we may see God's love for us and love him in return.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
MYRNA JAVIER REYES
EMELINDA& DR. TIMOTEO L. YU
VIRGINIA & ANGELO L. YU
For the repose of the soul of Francisco S. Tong
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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