Monday, October 09, 2017
TUESDAY, 27th Week in Ordinary Time
October 10, 2017 – TUESDAY, 27th Week in Ordinary Time
Jon 3:1 - 10 / Lk 10:38- 42
FROM THE FIRST READING: Jon 3:1, 4b- 5, 10
The word of Yahweh came to Jonah a second time, "Go to Nineveh, the great city, and announce to them the message I give you." ..."Forty days more and Nineveh will be destroyed."...
The people of Nineveh believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth..... When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened upon them.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 10:38- 42
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he entered a village and a woman called Martha welcomed him to her house. She had a sister named Mary who sat down at the Lord's feet to listen to his words. Martha, meanwhile, was busy with all the serving and finally she said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the serving?"
But the Lord answered, "Martha, Martha, you worry and are troubled about many things, whereas only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the better part, and it will not be taken away from her."
In the first reading the people of Nineveh did penance and reformed at the preaching of Nineveh and the compassionate God did not destroy the city as he had threatened.
In the Gospel reading we see the sisters Martha and Mary welcoming Jesus and his disciples as their guests. Martha busied herself with the food preparations while Mary "sat at the Lord's feet to listen to his words."
Our daily lives are filled with a whole variety of tasks to do: work, rest and recreation, time with family and friends, a thousand-and-one things to do and finish.
We are called to somehow find love and serve God in the midst of our lives, with daily routines and extraordinary happenings.
We all have to be busy like Martha: we need work for our livelihood, food must be prepared, the house must be maintained, guests must be taken care of. Doing all this indeed is doing God's work in our daily lives: do we find God somehow in these ordinary and extraordinary chores?
Mary teaches us another lesson: to be quiet and be with the Lord. This too is as important, if not more, than what we need to do to live. Do we have time for the Lord in prayer? Do we somehow remember the Lord in our busy workdays? And in our relaxing weekends?
The important thing is to live our lives in God's presence, for the greater glory of God.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
LUIS DE JESUS
WILSON & ANNABELLE CHING
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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