October 4, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 26TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Francis of Assisi, Religious Founder
Neh 2: 1 - 8 / Lk 9: 57- 62
Born in Assisi, St. Francis (1182 - 1226) preached and lived poverty. He founded the Order of the Friars Minor in 1210 (Franciscans) and, with St. Clare (1193/94 - 1253), the Order of Poor Clares. He also founded a third Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance. He is the patron saint for animals, ecologists and merchants.
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 on the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God."
In the Lord's description of the three would-be disciples in our Gospel reading, the commitment of each is faulty because it has implied limits. These three, then, are examples of conflicting commitments. Each one professes a commitment "to follow Christ," but in a partial way or with a pre-condition.
All of us have a call to follow Christ. Following Jesus is a life-call for all the baptized, to follow our brother, leader and Lord. All of us are called to live our following of Christ in whatever life or occupation we may have, at whatever age we may be, with whatever talents and gifts we may have.
Following Christ begins with knowing him and trusting in him as God's promised Messiah and as our Savior. For it is by faith in him that we have our sins forgiven and we are helped by God's grace to lead a life prepared for eternal life.
The Gospel reading today gives examples of those called by Christ to follow and be with him, as his apostles and disciples, as helpers and ministers in preaching the Gospel. For them, today's ministers and priests of the Church and religious, the following of Christ is their life. For most of us lay people, the following of Christ is living according to the Gospel values and prioritizing these Gospel values in our lives and careers, in our families and daily lives.
The Kingdom of God is for all those who follow Christ's values in their lives, who lead their lives according to God's commandments. The following of Christ is living our lives in preparation for eternal happiness with God in heaven.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
PAUL LOUIE N. SY
CARLOS & BRENDA DY SIY
For the repose of the soul of Flora Y, Tong.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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