Tuesday, September 12, 2017
WEDNESDAY, 23RD Week in Ordinary Time
September 13, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 23RD Week in Ordinary Time
St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Col 3: 1 - 11 / Lk 6: 20 - 26
Born in Antioch, St. John Chrysostom (349 - 407), "the golden-mouthed," Archbishop of Constantinople, was a distinguished writer and preacher on Catholic doctrine and Christian life.
From the 1st READING: Col 3: 1 - 4
So then, if you are risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things that are above, not on earthly things. For you have died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, reveals himself, you also will be revealed with him in Glory
GOSPEL READING: Lk 6: 20- 26
Then lifting up his eyes to his disciples, Jesus said, "Fortunate are you who are poor, the kingdom of God is yours. Fortunate are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Fortunate are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
"Fortunate are you when people hate you, when they reject you and insult you and number you among criminals, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven. Remember that is how the ancestors of this people treated the prophets.
"But alas for you who have wealth, for you have been comforted now. Alas for you who are full, for you will go hungry. Alas for you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
"Alas for you when people speak well of you, for that is how the ancestors of these people treated the false prophets."
In the first reading Paul reminds the early Christian communities that, following Christ's death and resurrection, we should die with regards to earthly things but live for heavenly things: "Set your mind on the things that are above, not on earthly things. For you have died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, reveals himself, you also will be revealed with him in Glory."
In the Gospel reading, a version of the Beatitudes as given in the Gospel of Luke, we are told which attitudes are really for heavenly things: "the poor, those who hunger, those who weep, those who are persecuted." Their opposites would be happy and blessed in this world but not in the next.
The life, sufferings and exile endured by St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople and Doctor of the Church, are an example of living for the things that are above, rather than for earthly things.
Like St. John, may we be willing to love and to serve God, even if we may be taking risks of failure, hatred and even persecution.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
BING A. COURTNEY
JADEN MARCUS YAP DY
JEJOMAR V. GARCES
MARIA LOURDES MIRANDA
ELAINE MARGARET W. CUYEGKENG
IN MEMORIAM (†)
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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