Friday of the 26th Week of the Year

Luke 10:13-16

Reproaches to Unrepentant Towns


At the beginning of the Mass we say: “I confess…” which means ‘I repent.’ Repent for what?

  1. Denial of our sins: rationalizations, alibis, reasons to evade responsibility, postponement, putting off what must we faced now.
  2. “Frozen delights.” These are beautiful women who are not married. Some of us are: beautiful on the outside but cold, empty, lifeless, loveless, bitter and angry deep inside.
  3. Making life complicated. As you go through life don’t forget to KISS (Keep It Simple and Stupid). Don’t complicate your life, lifestyle and relationships. Simple is beautiful, right? Make your life simple and peaceful by keeping this attitude in mind: a.) gratitude for the past – be grateful for everything and everyone, good or bad in your past, b.) trust in the future – learn to surrender all your plans and worries to the Father, c. Love in the present – do your best now and you will have no regrets about the past and no worries about the future.
  4. For not loving enough. The reason for existence and for doing, without love we are empty and nothing


The famous radio and TV personality, Bishop Fulton Sheen was once asked why he never used notes when giving his sermons. He answered, ‘Well, I heard this story of an old Irish lady who listened to a Bishop read notes while giving his sermon. And her comment was: “if he cannot remember what he is saying, how can he expect us to?”

When Jesus preached to the crowds he spoke straight from his heart. Yet many of his teachings fell on deaf ears. Some even scoffed at his miracles. He sadly castigated the people of Chorazin and Bethsaida for their hardness of hearts in refusing to listen to his word of life and to believe the miracles he performed.

Sometimes we feel the same discouragement when our words fall on deaf ears. Let us ask ourselves: “Do I think, speak and act like Jesus, straight from the heart and without any script so that my words and actions may make a dent on people’s lives?” if despite this we are not listened to, then let us keep in mind the words of Jesus: “whoever listens to you listens me and whoever rejects you rejects me and the one who sent me.”

Incidentally, maybe people do not listen to us because we ourselves do not listen enough. (Sr. Mary Evelyn Bautista, SSpS Bible Diary 2002)


A man wanted to impress his friend with his dog. So he invited him to a beach, and there he threw a stick to the sea. His dog walked on the water and retrieved the stick. He did it several times and each time the dog walked over the sea. Then the man asked his friend, “Well, what do you say about my dog?” his friend answered, “He does not know how to swim.”

Something like this happened to Chorazin and Bethsaida. So many miracles have been done in them and yet they missed to see the point of the miracles. Jesus, in exasperation said, “If the same miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would already be setting on ashes and wearing sackcloth of repentance.”

Repentance is the goal of miracles. Repentance means turning away from what separates us from God and clinging to Him with all our heart. Everyday is an opportunity to catch so many miracles happening within and all around us: the miracles of breathing and the continuous beating of our heart, the miracle of friendship, forgiveness and all the beauty of creation. all these and many more invite us to become closer to God. (Fr. Atilano Corcuera, SVD Bible Diary 2005)


Have you ever experienced talking with a person who is very busy composing/reading text messages on his/her cellphone? It is very frustrating experience knowing that he/she is not at all giving you full attention.

The Lord must have felt frustrated with the unbelief of the Jews. After all that He had done, they were still not getting it. I suppose that is the way God feels about us sometimes. He pours out on us His abundant love and blessings, but we often don’t ‘get it,’ because we are not receptive, or we don’t care because we are so engrossed with our personal agenda and so burdened by our problems, or so blinded by our earthly concerns.

May we all become more sensitive and become more grateful to God’s reaching out to us. May we always be appreciative of what we already have rather than be regretful of what we did not have, or so worried of what we should have. (Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD Bible Diary 2004)


Today’s gospel is another call for repentance. Many times we are reminded of this call from our friends, elders, teachers, preachers and even from our own scriptural readings. But did we listen and heed this call? Have we opened our hearts and minds to God’s Word? (Fr. Mike Mahinay, SVD Bible Diary 2006)


My mother called me HEART. Probably because I was the eldest and the only son in a brood of three. My younger sister we called Sweet and the youngest Love. I am now Fr. Heart and trying my best to live up to the name, to be loving as much as possible. One more thing I learned about my name is another word at the center of Heart: EAR. Heart and ear belong to each other. Some even observed that two ears put together take the form of a heart. To listen is to hear with one’s heart so that the message that comes can be internalized.

Today’s gospel is about listening with a heart. Jesus spoke strongly against certain cities and towns: Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum. With all their achievements, they refused to listen to God and mend their ways. Here, Jesus puts pride and hardness of heart on the same level.

One sign of a humble man is his willingness to listen to others and to God. It is a virtue that we are all in need of. The capacity to hear is not our choice, our own doing; we were created to hear. But to listen is an art to be learned and developed. It takes one’s time, being, and heart to distinguish and interpret sound and silence, in other words, to listen.

Charles T. Copeland, a famous Harvard scholar, was once approached by a student who wanted to learn the art of conversation, “What should i do to become a good conversationalist?” “I will tell you the secret if you’ll just listen,” Copeland said. There was a long silence which the student finally interrupted, “Well, I’m listening!” Copeland said: “See, you are now learning already!” (Fr. Nilo Gaelan, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


“Digging for the Truth,” hosted by Josh Bernstein, is a television series presented by History Television Canada. In one of the episodes, Josh set off on a journey in search of the city of Sodom and Gomorrah. He met a well-known archaeologist that showed him a “stone-like structure” that was believed to be the wife of Lot. Josh asked the archaeologist on the importance of this structure and the reply was: “This is to remind us that we have to follow our God otherwise, this will be our lot.” History is available to us for many varied reasons but primarily to remind us of what happened in the past that we may not forget it and to instruct us that that we should not repeat the mistakes of the past.

“Woe to you Chorazin! Woe to you Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon they would long ago have repented…” Jesus has a good grasp of history. He made it sure that people remember what happened in the past that they may not make the same mistake. He continues to invite his followers to listen to what he is offering to them. We do not have to wait for some bad things to happen to us before we open our eyes; we do not have to experience hell before we actually choose heaven. We already have a record of what happened in the past. We are now invited to make a decision in the present for our future.

Non abbiate paura! Be not afraid! Listen to Him who can offer us eternal life! (Fr. Carlos Macatangga, SVD Bible Dairy 2008)


September 30, 2016 Friday

‘Pride is the last vice to leave those returning to God, and the first to greet those leaving God behind.’ Someone has put it well: Although you are fighting well and think you have uprooted everything, pride still threatens to re-contaminate you and must therefore be conquered.

In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks against certain towns: Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum, Unlike Tyre and Sidon, they are populated mostly by Jews. They are proud to mend their ways and refuse to listen to God. Typically, Jews think that by being God’s chosen people, they deserve every miracle that God performs. They think that God showers favors and blessings only on circumcised

Jews, though he may sometimes make exceptions for pagans.  ‘Listen to the word and put it into practice’ is probably what God wants from all of us. Job in the first reading has learned this lesson well. God’s answer to Job is this: Man has gradually to learn that he does not know all the mysteries of God’s universe and allow God to be God. Let God speak to us and we have to listen and obey his words.

St. Jerome made an eff ort to allow the word of God to be more relevant to us when he translated the scripture into a language that others could understand at that time. His famous words echo throughout the years, “To be ignorant of the scripture is not to know Christ.”

Let us ponder upon the moments when we rejected the word of God. Recall the moments when we most welcomed it. How do we respond to rejection? (Fr. Renato Yadao, SVD Papua New Guinea Bible Diary 2016)


Things you might know about repentance:

  • Christians often fear repentance out of concern that it is a commentary on how righteous they are. But a great saint once said: “There is no holiness without repentance, for we begin in sin and move to holiness by repentance alone.”
  • A famous behaviourist likes to say that the decision to improve oneself on the part of a nonreligious person is the same as the willingness to repent on the part of a religious person.


“There is no holiness without repentance. For we begin in sin and move to holiness by repentance alone.”


“Without repentance there is no salvation; without repentance there is no forgiveness, without repentance there is no transformation, without repentance there is no peace, without repentance there is no restoration, without repentance there is no holiness and without a heart for holiness there is no revival!” (Angel Casiano)


FRIDAY OF THE 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) – LUKAS 10:13-16. Sa unsa man nga matang sa katawhan ug katilingban kita karon nahiuban? Gisaway ni Hesus ang mga tawo sa Corasin ug Betsaida tungod kay wala sila magpakita og kausaban human sa iyang pagpanudlo ug paghimog mga milagro sa ilang distrito. Wala nila hatagi’g bili ang pagduaw sa Dios kanila. Kining makusganong pagsaway ni Hesus magsilbi nga dakong pahimangno alang kanato karon. Ang mga Pilipino gigasahan sa walay sama kanindot nga pagtoo. Nag-inusara kita nga Kristohanong nasod sa tibuok Asia. Apan makauulaw kaayo nga ning dapita sa kalibotan nailhan kita nga nag-una sa gidaghanon sa “graft and corruption”. Asa man ang atong pagkakristiyano? Unsa man diay bili sa atong Kristohanong edukasyon ug sa atong pagdawat sa mga sakramento? Posted by Abet Uy


Friday, September 30, 2016

FRIDAY OF THE 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – LUKAS 10:13-16. UNSA MAN NGA MATANG SA KATILINGBAN KITA KARON? Gisaway ni Hesus ang mga tawo sa Corasin ug Betsaida tungod kay wala sila magpakita og kausaban human sa iyang pagpanudlo ug paghimog mga milagro sa ilang distrito. Wala nila hatagi’g bili ang pagduaw sa Dios kanila. Kining makusganong pagsaway ni Hesus magsilbi nga dakong pahimangno alang kanato karon. Ang mga Pilipino gigasahan sa walay sama kanindot nga pagtoo. Nag-inusara kita nga Kristohanong nasod sa tibuok Asia. Apan daw makauulaw kaayo nga ning dapita sa kalibotan nailhan kita nga nag-una sa gidaghanon sa “graft and corruption”. Asa man ang atong pagkakristiyano? Si Jean Vanier nag-ingon: “A Christian community should do as Jesus did: propose and not impose. Its attraction must lie in the radiance cast by the love of one another.” Posted by Abet Uy


Reflection for Friday October 3, Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 10:13-16 Reflection: Why is Jesus angry with the people of Chozarin and Bethsaida? Because they did not hear His call of repentance, they refused His offer of love and renewal for them.

It’s sometimes puzzling why we refuse to heed this call of Jesus when we have nothing to lose but everything to gain. For example, if we are living in sin right now and we decide to hear this call for renewal of Jesus. A big burden would be taken off from us but so many of us still refuse to walk away from sin, why?

What does sin offer us that we can’t walk away from it? Does sin offer us heaven? Does sin offer us a quiet and contentment filled life? Why do many of us cling to sin when it doesn’t offer us anything good?

Let us all have a fresh start in our lives by refusing to commit any form of sin even for a few days or even a week. And we compare our lives previously lived in sin and a life lived already lived with the guiding light of Jesus. We surely would love this new life with Jesus than the old life with the   burden of sin. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Reflection for Friday September 30, Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church; Luke 10:13-16

Reflection: Do you listen to Jesus’ call of repentance?

Repentance is a perpetual call from Jesus and we must listen to Him. What will happen if we will not listen?  There would be punishment and it will not certainly come from God; punishment will originate from the outcome of our sinfulness.

For example a woman who had been advised by her relatives to stop her adulterous affair. Instead of listening to her relative’s admonition he persisted. Eventually they were caught by their respected spouses; you can just imagine the punishment that they’ll receive.

There’s a lot more examples of those who did not listen, so they received their deserved punishment. Punishment which did not come from God, It originated from their stubbornness and refusal to heed God’s call of repentance.

So why not repent and listen to the voice of God who always calls us every minute of the day to change our ways for the better? Are we not afraid of the punishment that is surely forthcoming?

In the church true repentance happens when we humbly submit ourselves to the Sacrament of Confession. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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