Friday, September 15, 2017
SATURDAY, 23RD Week in Ordinary Time
September 16, 2017 – SATURDAY, 23RD Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs
1 Tm 1: 15- 17 / Lk 6: 43 - 49
Sts. Cornelius, Pope (d 253), and Cyprian (190 - 258), Bishop of Carthage, defended the faith against heretics.
1st READING: 1 Tm 1: 15- 17
This saying is true and worthy of belief: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. Because of that I was forgiven; Christ Jesus wanted to display his greatness in me so that I might be an example for all who are to believe and obtain eternal life. To the King of ages, the only God who lives beyond every perishable and visible creation- to him be honor and glory forever. Amen.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 6: 43- 49
Jesus said, "No healthy tree bears bad fruit, no poor tree bears good fruit. And each tree is known by the fruit it bears: you don't gather figs from thorns or grapes from brambles. Similarly the good person draws good things from the good stored in the heart and an evil person draws evil things from the evil stored in the heart. For the mouth speaks from the fullness of the heart.
"Why do you call me, 'Lord! Lord!' and not do what I say? I will show you what the one who comes to me and listens to my words and acts accordingly is like. That one is like the builder who dug deep and laid the foundations of his house on rock. The river overflowed and the stream dashed against the house, but could not carry it off because the house had been well built.
"But the one who listens and does not act is like a man who built his house on the ground without a foundation. The flood burst against it and the house fell at once, and what a terrible disaster that was!"
How do we make decisions when faced with a problem or a dilemma? When you feel nothing is going your way, from where do you draw strength? Do you seek the Lord and give him full trust? Is your life built on sand or on rock?
A person who relies merely on what he sees, hears and feels and then finds himself stripped of his prestige, power and material possessions will easily give up, like a house built on sand, without any solid foundation. He will feel alone and disheartened when faced with difficult challenges.
We are called each day to examine ourselves. What drives us? What keeps us going? The Lord invites us to live in accordance with his will.
A person who relies on God as the center of his life, as the true foundation for what he/she is and has, will have the strength to overcome crises and difficult challenges, like a house built on rock, on a solid foundation.
Let us build our lives on solid rock, on our God of mercy and love.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
IN MEMORIAM (†)
For the repose of the souls of:
Elizabeth C. Uybarreta
Arnold Allan V. Cabatingan
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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