Thursday, September 27, 2018
FRIDAY, 25TH Week in Ordinary Time
September 28, 2018 – FRIDAY, 25TH Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and Companions, Martyrs
St. Wenceslaus, Martyr
Eccl 3: 1 - 11 / Lk 9: 18 – 22
San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila (d. 1630) was a Filipino layman martyred in Japan together with fifteen others. They were beatified in Manila (1981) by Pope St. John Paul II in the first ever beatification ceremony done outside Rome and canonized (1987) by the same Pope. He is the first Filipino canonized saint.
St. Wenceslaus (907- 929), Duke of Bohemia, was murdered by his brother for political and religious reasons.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Eccl 3: 1 - 3, 7 -11
There is a given time for everything and a time for every happening under heaven. A time for giving birth, a time for dying; a time for planting, a time for uprooting. A time for killing, a time for healing; a time for knocking down, a time for building....
A time for tearing, a time for sewing; a time to be silent, and a time to speak. A time for loving, a time for hating; a time for war, a time for peace. What profit is there for a man from all his toils?
GOSPEL READING: Lk 9: 18- 22
One day when Jesus was praying alone, not far from his disciples, he asked them, "What do people say about me?" And they answered, "Some say that you are John the Baptist; others say that you are Elijah; and still others that you are one of the prophets risen from the dead." Again Jesus asked them, "Who then do you say I am?" Peter answered, "The Messiah of God." Then Jesus spoke to them, giving them strict orders not to tell this to anyone.
And he added, "The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and teachers of the Law, and put to death. Then after three days he be raised to life."
In the first reading we are told that everything happens in God's time.Whenever we are down, worried or troubled, we cannot hear enough about how bad things are. When we finally get out of the woods, we always agree that God's time is always perfect and only then do we understand why what happened happened. Jesus did tell us that whatever we ask in his name we will receive but he did not say when or how. The truth is that Jesus is the Messiah: so he knows what is best for us. He desires nothing more than for us to have good lives and achieve success. Our troubles and problems arise from our selfishness and sinfulness.
In Christian life, faith is key. If we have faith, we continue to pray and trust in God's timing. We take trials with open arms and worry less because we are confident that in his time and in his way we will receive the blessings we asked for.
Have a good day!
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