Monday, November 13, 2017
TUESDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time
November 14, 2017 – TUESDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time
St. Joseph Pignatelli, Priest
Wis 2: 23 - 3: 9 / Lk 17: 7 – 10
Born in Saragossa, Spain, St. Joseph Pignatelli (1737 -1811), worked tirelessly for the restoration of the Society of Jesus which had been suppressed by Pope Clement XIV in 1773 (Dominus ac Redemptor). He was Provincial of Italy from 1803 until his death. The Society of Jesus was restored worldwide in 1814.
FROM THE FIRST READING: Wis 2: 23 -- 3: 1, 9
Indeed God created man to be immortal in the likeness of his own nature, but the envy of the devil brought death to the world, and those who take his side shall experience death. The souls of the just are in the hands of God and no torment shall touch them....
Those who trust in him will penetrate the truth, those who are faithful will live with him in love, for his grace and mercy are for his chosen ones.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 17: 7 -10
Jesus said to his disciples, "Who among you would say to your servant coming in from the fields after plowing or tending sheep: 'Come at once and sit down at table'? No, you tell him: 'Prepare my dinner. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink; you can eat and drink afterwards.' Do you thank this servant for doing what you commanded? So for you. When you have done all that you have been told to do, you must say: 'We are no more than servants; we have only done our duty.'"
The disciples of Jesus were concerned about their reward for being with and following Jesus. In the Gospel reading Jesus reminds them that they are merely servants of God, expected to serve as told. Indeed our everything has been given to us by God from his limitless love and generosity to share his happiness with us. We really do not deserve anything from God: everything is a gift from him: we cannot make demands from God.
In the first reading we are told that those who are faithful to God are assured of their reward from God.
The saints lived like this: they always thought themselves as worthless servants before the Lord. They served because they loved and were grateful to the Lord. They realized their sinfulness before God and were ever grateful to God for his merciful love for them.
Let us pray for similar understanding and wisdom to realize that, before God, we are worthless servants, but servants blessed and loved by God. As Mary prayed in her Magnificat: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit exults in God my savior! He has looked upon his servant in her lowliness, and people forever will call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, holy is his Name."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
KEVIN & KRISTINE UY
IN MEMORIAM (†)
CHAN HA& LO CHING KIN
CHOA THIAN SIU (JAN 21, 1913·NOV 14, 1983)
MARIA SEE CO (MAR 23, 1916·NOV 14, 2007)
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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