Thursday, November 02, 2017
FRIDAY, 30th Week in Ordinary Time
November 3, 2017 – FRIDAY, 30th Week in Ordinary Time
Bl. Rupert Meyer, Priest
Rom 9: 1 - 5 / Lk 14: 1- 6
Born in Lima, Peru, St. Martin de Porres (1579 - 1639), lived a life of fasting, prayer and penance as a Dominican religious.
Bl. Rupert Meyer (1876 - 1945), a German Jesuit priest, preached missions with special concern for the poor and immigrants. He fought against the Nazis.
1ST READING: Rom 9: 1 -Sa
I tell you sincerely in Christ, and my conscience assures me in the Holy Spirit that I am not lying: I have great sadness and constant anguish for the Jews. I would even desire that I myself suffer the curse of being cut off from Christ, instead of my brethren: I mean my own people, my kin. They are Israelites whom God adopted, and on them rests his Glory. Theirs are the covenants and the promises of God. They are descendants of the Patriarchs and from their race Christ was born, he who as God is above all distinctions.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 14: 1 - 6
One sabbath Jesus had gone to eat a meal in the house of a leading Pharisee, and he was carefully watched. In front of him was a man suffering from dropsy; so Jesus asked the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, "Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath or not?" But no one answered. Jesus then took the man, healed him and sent him away. And he addressed them, "If your lamb or your ox falls into a well on a sabbath day, who among you doesn't hurry to pull it out?" And they could not answer.
In the Gospel reading Jesus heals a man suffering from dropsy on the sabbath day, despite the presence of the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law who found such healing as a violation of the sabbath. They could not refute Jesus, "If your lamb or your ox falls into a well on a sabbath day, who among you doesn't hurry to pull it out?"
In their dedication to the letter of the Law as they read and saw it, the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law missed the whole point of the Law based on love of God and neighbor.
In the first reading Paul mourns the reality that the people God had chosen, loved and shepherded did not accept the Messiah when he came: they failed to recognize him and his visitation. "How often would I have gathered your children together, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you refused!" (Mt 23: 37)
"Woe to you! You do not forget the mint, anise and cumin seeds when you pay the tenth of everything, but then forget what is more fundamental in the Law: justice, mercy and faith." (Mt 23: 23) May God preserve us from such blindness and hypocrisy in our lives.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
UBALDO N. INOCENTES
IN MEMORIAM (†)
RICARDO U. LIM (1931. 2014)
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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