Wednesday of the 27th Week of the Year

Luke 11:1-4

The Lord’s Prayer


Jessie, a four-year-old girl, was deeply disturbed when she saw a dead bird. She asked her father where the bird will go. Her father answered that he didn’t know. She asked why it died, to which her father hesitantly answered: “Well, all bird return to earth.” At this, they agreed to bury the bird in a box with paper napkin, accompanied by a little procession to the garden. As they planted a little cross over the grave, Jessie prayed: “Dear God, we have buried this little bird. Now be good to her or else….Amen.”

As they walked home, her father said: “You didn’t have to threaten God.” And Jessie answered: “I just wanted to be sure.”

We may find ourselves in situations similar to Jessie’s that make us demand how God should be God. In our Lord’s Prayer we find guidelines in this regard:

  • We see that when we give God his place only then can the other things take their proper places (v 2).
  • Not to worry about the unknown future but to live a day at a time (v 3).
  • We are empowered to forgive because we know what it is to be forgiven (v 4).
  • God knows our capacities to face challenges more than we do (v 4).

The next time we pray our Lord’s Prayer, let us also pray for the grace to be like Jesus in his trust and love for his Abba. (Sr. RosarioTayson, SSpS Bible Diary 2002)


As I went over this very short account of Luke on the Lord’s Prayer my attention was drawn on two seemingly insignificant words, viz “ceased” and “say.”

Only when Jesus ceased to pray did one of his disciples asked him to teach them how to pray. This seems to indicate that although we are to have the constant prayerful disposition that St. Paul encourages, we are still to find time to pray, of only to intensify such disposition. We know that on busy days we are tempted to make our work our prayer, so that our focus is drawn father away from the one who enables to work in the first place. Here we can say that prayer on our part is first and foremost an act of our freewill. It can never be automatic. The spontaneity of a child in calling her/his father that Jesus encourages in his teaching on prayer needs to be counterbalanced by this insight that prayer is an act of freedom.

This brings us to see what Jesus intends when he tells us to “say” our prayers. Far from moving us away from the heart, he encourages us to express our heart. It takes more will to say something than just to presuppose everything. (Fr. Kit Ramirez, SVD Bible Diary 2004)


I can still remember one of our pious practices at home in the late 70s and early 80s. Every 6:00PM a member of the family would beat an empty can of sardines to summon us to prayer. As one family we would gather in front of the altar to pray the Angelus in Latin, followed by the Rosary, then the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also in Latin. As a child I learned some prayers in Latin though I did not understand their meaning.

Today’s gospel recounts one of the disciples asking Jesus to teach them how to pray. Spontaneously Jesus teaches them from His heart a short prayer addressed to our Father in heaven. His prayer is simple and yet full of meaning. It is a prayer that enables us to profess our faith in God. Jesus teaches them from His heart a short prayer addressed to our Father in heaven. His prayer is simple and yet full of meaning. It is a prayer that enables us to profess our faith in God. In a concise manner it enumerates seven petitions which we are to pray for:

Holy be your name

Your kingdom come

Your will be done on earth as in heaven

Give us today our daily bread

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us

Do not bring us to the test

Deliver us from evil.

May we pray reflectively the Lord’s Prayer and find more meaning in them.  It is from prayer that we draw strength for our day-to-day being and doing. Prayer is not just an activity, it is a way of life. (Sr. Margie Rabon, SSpS, Bible Diary 2005)


The first part of the Prayer, “Father holy be your name” is directed to God; we acclaim His sovereignty and we affirm His significance in our life. Then the second part, “Give us each day our daily bread…forgive us our sins, do not let us fall into temptation,” relates to our human needs addressed to God who is loving and compassionate.

Realizing that the “Our Father” is a prayer that Jesus himself uttered out of the depths of his heart as a result of his intimate relationship with His Abba, who is also our Father and God, let us pay more serious attention when we pray it everyday. (Fr. Flavie L. Villanueva, SVD Bible Diary 2006)


In cases of urgency, the Our Father comes handy. But certainly the disciples were not in a state of panic or emergency when they asked Jesus for instructions on how to pray. They were inspired by the image of Jesus in prayer. What was Jesus praying for? The content of his prayer? Apparently he was talking to God, but what were they talking about? And Jesus taught them the Our Father.

The Our Father is prayer full of concerns. But they are primarily God’s concerns: for His Kingdom to spread, for His creatures not to go hungry, for peace and forgiveness, and for deliverance from evil – the very reasons why He came among us. They are universal but basic concerns affecting each one of us.

The Our Father teaches us how to pray. It leads us to where our concerns should lie, not only on some individualistic need or concern, but more so, God’s concerns. In the current state of the world, God’s concerns are understandably urgent! Keep communicating with Him who mans the control tower! (Bible Diary 2007)


I once read this prayer: “I asked God for strength that I might achieve glory, I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked God for health that I might do better things, I was given infirmity that I might do better things. I asked for riches that I might be happy, I was given poverty that I might be wise. I asked for power that I might have the praise of men, I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God. I asked for all things that I might enjoy life, I was given life that I might enjoy all things. I got nothing that I asked for but everything that I have hope for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am among all men most richly blessed.”

In today’s gospel, the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. I believe they witnessed first-hand how Jesus prayed. They witnessed how Jesus would look up to heaven before uttering a teaching. They longed to pray like Jesus. In response to their quest, Jesus taught them the most perfect prayer, the Lord’s Prayer.

In the Lord’s Prayer we encounter in a practical way the correct relationship between God and people, between heaven and earth, between the religious and the secular. It contains two parts. First, it speaks on God’s behalf: the Father, keeping his name holy, his kingdom, his holy will. Secondly, it is concerned with human interests: our daily bread, forgiveness, ever-present temptation. It is very consoling to realize that God is not just interested in what belongs to Him (first part) but He is also concerned about our affairs (second part). Indeed God knows our needs even before we ask them.

For most people prayer is a struggle. The struggle is intertwined with blessings, moments of profound peace and the loving presence of God. Thus, we are reminded to entrust ourselves to Him and to persevere until the end. (Fr. Sammy Clarin, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


Jesus is a revolutionary teacher, He tells us to call God “Our Father.” The idea of calling God our Father is unthinkable and blasphemous to the Jews in the Old Testament because they have been taught by their forefathers not to call God by name. When Jonah was on a boat on his way to Tarshish from Joppa, there was typhoon signal no. 4. Their boat, buffeted by strong winds and tossed around by big waves, was in real danger of sinking. The crew and the passengers decided to casts lots to find out who brought down this storm upon them. The lot fell on Jonah and they cross-examined him. Jonah answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship Yahweh, the God of heaven,” (Jon 4:7-9). Note that Jonah did not dare to call the God of heaven as Father.

In the New Testament, Jesus, the revelation and the Revealer of God, taught us to pray this way: “Father, hallowed be your name,” (Lk 11:2). Saying that God is our Father is a loaded statement replete with meanings.

God is our Father for we came from Him. He created us and gave us life. If all of us came from the hands of one Creator, then we have one Father. And we are all brothers and sisters. Why then are we hurting, killing one another when we are all created by one Father and are brothers and sisters to each other?

God is our Father and He loves us. The truth that God loves us says it all. What we say in preceding paragraphs fall in place in the mosaic of life if we live in the awareness and conviction that God loves us. God’s love for us is the reason and foundation of a healthy self-love. If we love ourselves then we can love others, for Jesus said: “Love your neighbour as you love yourselves.

Only when there is love in our heart – love for our self, for others and for our Father – can we say that we are ready to go home to our Father in heaven. As St. John says it: in the evening our life, we shall be judged on love. ((Fr. Ernie Lagura, SVD Bible Diary 2009)


The rosary (Oct 7) is probably the most prayed and best-known devotional prayer, as well as the most carried devotional item, among Catholics. As we celebrate today the Memorial of the Our Lady of the Rosary, let us reminded once again of the power of prayer. Prayer is our way  of communicating with God. It is in prayer that we are brought closer to God. The more we pray the more we are united with God. The apostles who were with Jesus all the time recognized this. They saw in Jesus a man of prayer, a man who was always praying and communing with His heavenly Father. That’s why in today’s gospel the apostles asked Jesus to teach them how to pray and he taught them a communal and complete/perfect prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer shows us the essential elements of what prayer should be. It is a prayer of thanksgiving, self-surrender, living in God’s providence, recognizing our sinfulness, asking for forgiveness and forgiving those who sinned against us,  and finally asking God to help us fight every temptation of life. this prayer is not just for our sake but also for the sake of our brothers and sisters. We mean to pray not only for ourselves but also for one another since we are a family; we are all brothers and sisters, and God is our Father. This prayer shows us what is our true relationship with God – a “Father and son/daughter relationship.” It also shows us God’s graciousness, mercy, compassion and loving kindness. We should also treat one another in the same way that God treats us so that we can live as true sons and daughters of our heavenly Father.

Let Mary, the Lady of the Holy Rosary, be our model of faith because throughout her life, Mary lived devoutly as an obedient daughter of God. How about us? Do we pray fervently to God? How do we pray? Do we live as God’s true sons and daughters should? Do we allow Jesus to speak to us every time we say the Lord’s Prayer? (Fr. Joey B. Ruega SVD Bible Diary 2015)


October 5, 2016 Wednesday

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, and complying he gave them a prayer which we now commonly call the “Our Father” or the “Lord’s Prayer.”

The Our Father is not an ordinary prayer. It is the prayer that our Lord Jesus Christ Himself taught His disciples and gave to us who believe in Him! In this prayer, Jesus pictures the Father as holy; a king for He has a kingdom; a listener to man’s pleading and a giver; merciful and forgiving; and a deliverer from evil.

We have the prayer. Let us pray it often and properly, not just “recite” it. We can try to pray it slowly and wholeheartedly. In some cases, it helps if we sing the prayer. At home, sometime ago, my mother sang very beautifully and wholeheartedly the “Amahan Namo”accompanied by my father on the guitar. It almost moved me to tears. To pray it in our own language can also help us feel the beauty of the prayer. Praying or singing it very well can move ours and other people’s hearts.

Praying it properly, we attune ourselves to Jesus’ intention and way of praying making our prayer in perfect harmony with God’s will. And such can also move the heart of God, our loving Father. Jesus tells us to persevere in praying and to trust that the Father will listen to our prayers. If we sinful people know how to give good gifts to our loved ones, how much more does the loving Father in heaven do? And more than that, as the gospel says, He will even send us the Holy Spirit! (Fr. Ernesto Salvar, SVD Davao City Bible 2016)


I believe that when Jesus taught the disciples to pray with the words of the “Our Father,” he did not simply mean that they memorize the words. More than a formula prayer, the “Our Father” summarizes prayer dispositions we should have when we approach God in our intercessions and supplications. Beyond referring to our prayer dispositions, the words of Jesus in the Gospel also give us things to ponder on how we can nurture a relationship with God:

  • Father. We must always come to God with great trust and confidence. God did not only create us impersonally. He is “Abba.” He would always know what is best for us.
  • Hallowed be your name. approaching God should remind us of one important life project: Holiness for ourselves. If God is holy, the Bible also says that we are all made in His image and likeness. Holiness is in making our “whole” life, wholly for God – including our thoughts, imaginations, words, and actions.
  • Your kingdom come. The kingdom of God is not a place, but a jurisdiction – letting God be in control. In other name is “Reign of God.” To approach then means to always come with a spirit of surrender to the Lord’s will. This spirit of surrender includes making effective in our lives the ways of the Kingdom defined by the Parables of the Kingdom: cooperation and openness to God’s seed (Parable of the Seeds), trust in God’s small and hidden beginnings (Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven, etc.).
  • Give us each day our daily bread. To approach God is to depend on Him, to include Him in all our daily concerns. We must not only approach him in special moments or in times of need. Daily, moment by moment, He is our Lord. To approach God means also to let his words be our words, encouragement and nourishment. To approach God means to value His word in the Bible. The Scripture reminds us: “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
  • Forgive us our sins. To approach God, we must have the humility to accept that we are sinners. St. John, in his Epistle, wrote that to deny our being sinners is to be liars before God. Remember that the Father had a more compassionate heart for the younger son who came back to him than for the elder son who insisted on his righteousness!
  • For we forgive all who do us wrong. To approach God is to first empty ourselves in charity to others. Then God will have enough room to let His graces and blessings flow. Scripture says, “God cannot be outdone in generosity.”
  • Subjects us not to the trial. To approach God, we must confess that he has the power over all – even over the liberty of Satan to do anything (cf. Job’s story). Hence, nothing is really impossible with God. (Fr. Domie Guzman SSP New Every Morning New Everyday p. 297-298)


October 10, 2012

St. Francis Borgia
Wednesday of the 27th Week

Gal 2:1-2, 7-14
Ps 117
Lk 11:1-4

Lk 11:1-4
The Lord’s Prayer 

1[Jesus] was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” 2He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come.

3Give us each day our daily bread

4and forgive us our sins

for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,

and do not subject us to the final test.”


When you pray. In our prayers, before we turn to ourselves for our needs, let us first turn and return to God the glory, the honor, and obedience that are due to God. Our prayers are not meant to bend the will of God. Nor should our prayers be an attempt to compromise God’s ways with our personal needs and desires. Our prayers should always lead us to submit ourselves to God’s plan.

In the Lord’s Prayer, we have six petitions grouped into two parts. The first three petitions that make up the first part are the following: “hallowed be your name,” “your kingdom come,” and, from Matthew’s version, “your will be done” (Mt 6:10). These petitions are addressed to God.

The other three petitions are about us: “give us each day our daily bread,” “forgive us our sins,” and “do not subject us to the final test.” They speak about our needs and what we should do with our life and with others. Let us take note of the pronouns in the plural form: “us” and “our.” We stand as a community of persons before God our Father.

How many versions of the hymn of the Lord’s Prayer do you know?
How well do you act out in daily life the words of the prayer/hymn?


Jonah 4:1-11; Luke 11:1-4 – Christ teaches us to ask Our Father, “Forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone,” (Lk 11:4). It’s much easier to be like Jonah. God forgave him his sin of disobedience and saved him from death, then mercifully gave him a second chance. but when God gave the sinful Ninevites the same privilege of being forgiven and spared from death, Jonah was mad. He wanted God to punish them. Even without bitter personal enemies to forgive, Christ asks us to be with Him in praying “Your kingdom come.” This needs our understanding of the faults and failures of people around us, allowing for justifying circumstances we may know nothing about and to pray instead that they be given more chances. Oh Father, bend our will and let Yours be done! (Fr. Iko Bajos Oct 9, 2013)


WEDNESDAY OF THE 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) – LUKAS 11:1-4. Unsa man ang Maayong Balita ning hamubo nga pag-ampo nga gitudlo kanato ni Hesus? Usa sa pinakadakong gasa nga atong nadawat gikan ni Kristo mao ang katungod sa pagtawag sa Dios nga atong “Amahan”. Tinuod kini, mahimo nato Siyang tawgon  nga “Tatay”, “Papa”, o “Daddy”. Sa atong pag-ampo ang atong giduol usa ka Dios nga miila kanato nga Iyang mga anak. Dili kita mga tawo lamang. Mga anak kita sa Dios ug manununod sa Iyang gingharian. Busa, dili kita angay’ng maulaw o mahadlok Kaniya tungod kay gikan ni Kristo atong nasayran nga ang Dios usa ka mahigugmaong Amahan nga nasayod unsay atong gikinahanglan, nagbantay kanato sa kanunay, dugay nga masuko ug puno sa kaayo, mapasayloon, ug naglantaw kanunay sa atong kaluwasan. Tatay God, daghang salamat sa imong kaayo nga walay sukod. Posted by Abet Uy


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

WEDNESDAY OF THE 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – LUKAS 11:1-4. UNSA MAY MENSAHE NING HAMUBONG PAG-AMPO NGA GITUDLO NI HESUS? Usa ka dakong grasya ang katungod sa pagtawag sa Dios nga atong Amahan. Mahimo nato Siyang tawgon nga “Tatay”, “Papa”, o “Daddy”. Sa pag-ampo, ang atong giduol usa ka Dios nga miila kanato nga Iyang pinanggang mga anak. Dili kita angay’ng maulaw o mahadlok Kaniya. Dili usab kita angay’ng mabalaka sa daghang mga butang tungod kay atong nasayran kang Kristo nga ang Dios usa ka mahigugmaong Amahan nga nasayod unsay atong gikinahanglan, nagbantay kanato sa kanunay, dugay nga masuko, puno sa kaayo, mapasayloon, ug naglantaw kanunay sa atong kaluwasan. Sakto ang giingon sa usa ka magsusulat, “As children of God, we are greater than anything that can happen to us.” Posted by Abet Uy


Reflection for Wednesday October 8, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 11:1-4 Reflection: Have we asked Jesus to teach us to pray? This is one of the most powerful petitions that we could ever ask Jesus; to teach us how to pray. But do we pray regularly? When we pray we connect with Jesus and when we pray we allow Jesus to come to us and strengthen us.

Let us observe our feelings before and after praying, isn’t it that we feel good after we’ve prayed? The feelings of a person is different before and after prayer. Why is this so? This is the miracle of our prayer to Jesus, it heals us body and soul; it makes us accept the things that is hard for us to accept and it opens our body and soul to infinite grace of God.

Starting today let us begin our prayer with this humble petition for Jesus: Lord teach us to pray and then we solemnly recite the prayer (The Our Father) that Jesus taught us to pray. After praying the Our Father let us stay and speak to Jesus through our minds. And before ending our prayers let us also ask the Blessed Mother and our favorite saint/s to pray for us.

If exercise is for our bodies, prayers are for our souls for it makes us have an active and healthy relationship with Jesus. Therefore the more we pray the more that we make healthy our souls and the more we pray the less worries we would have.

Prayer: Lord teach us to pray, teach us how to properly pray the prayer that you’ve taught us.  Give us the grace of the Holy Spirit so that we could connect with you in our prayers. Give us the gift of spontaneous prayer dear Lord and give us the grace of focus and concentration when we pray. For there are times that our prayers comes only from our mouths and not from our hearts. Teach us how to pray O Lord. Amen. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Monday, October 3, 2016

Reflection for Wednesday October 5, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 11:1-4

Reflection: Do you often invoke the name of our Holy God? For example somebody is sick in the family, do you pray over that family member by invoking the very powerful name God or Jesus? The name of God is very powerful it can cure us of our many sickness if we would pray it with faith.

When one of Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach him how to pray Jesus told the man first that the name of God is holy. Being holy it’s therefore sacred and powerful and this we can always call upon whenever we want.

What should we do so that we can always call upon this holy and powerful God? We should strive to live holy lives as well and we should strive to know more about God. The moment we try to live holy lives and the moment we strive to know more about God through Jesus. We surely could invoke His mighty name anytime.

You therefore have to run away from anything that would make you sin for this is the beginning of holiness. You also have to strive to know more about God and Jesus by reading your bible and by making yourself available for Holy Mass.

Try doing these two and you will see that you would be able easily call upon the name of our Holy God anytime most especially during distressful times. –  Marino J. Dasmarinas


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Reflection for October 7, Wednesday, Our Lady of the Rosary: Luke 11:1-4

Reflection: Has anyone asked you to teach him/her to pray? Or have you taught somebody to pray?

It’s an honor and we experience a humbling feeling if somebody would ask us to teach him/her to pray. Just like the same petition that the disciples of Jesus told Him. But before we could expect people to ask us to teach them how to pray we must learn to live our prayer first.

For example if we pray for humility it is incumbent upon us to live humbly. If we pray for forgiveness we should be forgiving as well. If we pray for peace in our lives we should live a peaceful life. In other words we should always learn to live our prayers before Jesus.

What will force our fellowmen to ask us to teach them how to pray? We should ensure that we live our prayers with humility. This is how Jesus lived His life; He always ensured that His prayers are always accompanied by humble acts of faith.

Just like Jesus, we too must see to it that we live what we pray or we walk our talk so that others may see in us Jesus. We become like magnets for Jesus if we live our prayers and we live it with humility.

Has anyone asked you to teach him/her to pray? Or have you taught somebody to pray? – Marino J. Dasmarinas


ONE DAY AT A TIME – “Give us each day our daily bread.” – Luke 11:3

Twelve years ago, I went through one of the lowest points in my life. After six years of operation, I was forced to close down my first business. I made millions and lost millions. I was hoping that it was the other way around. Lost millions then made millions.

But it wasn’t. And when I say I lost millions, what I really mean is that I ended up owing millions. During those moments, it just felt that there was no way out. No hope. Only hounding debt. I felt that I was forced into a deep and dark hole. Stuck and suffocating.

Things did work out for me eventually. I got out of the hole. But it didn’t happen all in one swoop. I got out of it inch by inch. Day by day.

And I guess this is why Christ taught us to pray for each day. For our daily bread. He knows that during desperate times, we just want it over with in one swoop. But He teaches us that we just have to take it a day at a time.Orange Garcia (

Reflection: Everything goes through a process — bad or good. You may want to arrive at the destination right away, but we shouldn’t miss out on the journey.

Lord, give me the grace to be patient. The wisdom to figure things out. The courage to get up. And the strength to keep on moving forward.


Prayer Has an Important Place in Our Continuing Conversion

October 7, 2015 (readings)

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Father James Swanson, LC

Luke 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the master of the universe, and yet you wish to listen to me and guide me. You know all things past, present and future, and yet you respect my freedom to choose you. Holy Trinity, you are completely happy and fulfilled on your own, and yet you have generously brought us into existence. You are our fulfillment. Thank you for the gift of yourself. I offer the littleness of myself in return, knowing you are pleased with what I have to give.

Petition: Lord, teach me through the “Our Father” to pray more deeply.

  1. Traditional Prayers Teach Us the Correct Attitudes to Have towards God:What better prayer could we devise than a prayer using the very words Jesus taught us here? Yet the “Our Father” is a traditional prayer, a prayer with set words, prone to be recited merely by rote. But in fact, traditional prayers are an invitation to meditate, set up in a way that appeals to beginners. In the “Our Father”, as in all traditional prayers, we repeat phrases that express the essence of a correct relationship with God. Whether we already hold these attitudes in our heart or not, the beauty of traditional prayers is not what we say, but how we say it. If we pray these words, trying to make them our own, conforming our heart to the attitudes they express, then little by little we will form a Christian heart, a heart that loves the way it should.
  2. Traditional Prayers Can Change My Heart and Draw It to God:When I first turned to the Lord, I had a lot to work on. Most people do. I didn’t love the way I should have. I was flawed in many other ways. One of the things that helped me was the “Our Father” as well as other traditional prayers. When we first come to the Lord, we don’t know how Christians should think, what attitudes a Christian should hold. When we pray the “Our Father” from the heart, it helps our heart to change, to become more Christ-like. It takes only a moment to pray an “Our Father”, but from time to time, we should meditate on the words. Say each phrase and repeat it, not moving on to the next phrase until we feel that we have really gotten to the bottom of what it is saying.
  3. Traditional Prayers Fight Off the Attitudes of the World:Our conversion to Christ is a change of attitudes from those of the world to those of a Christian. Every day, the world proposes its attitudes as something good that should be lived. But often what the world proposes as good is actually harmful to us. How do we resist? By constantly repeating to myself and meditating on Christian attitudes. This is what can happen in using traditional prayers. It is a way of helping our heart understand and embrace the Christianity we profess. The Christian who disdains traditional prayers is rejecting a powerful tool of conversion.

Conversation with Christ: Dear Jesus, too often I rattle off my prayers without thinking about the attitudes they contain. I want to get the full benefit of all the prayers I say every day. I want to pray these prayers more often, especially the “Our Father,” since it is the prayer that you, yourself, taught me.

Resolution: Today I will pray my traditional prayers with special attention and with the conviction that they will instruct me and change me in a way that leads me closer to God.


October 05, 2016

REFLECTION: In Asian cultures, there is such a respect for social precedence (ascendancy due to age, senior kinship, title, prestige, etc.) that it is un­thinkable for one of inferior rank to admo­nish someone belonging to a higher rank. Yet, in today’s first reading we have an instance of exactly that ­happening. Here is the background of this incident.

At the so-called “Council of Jerusalem” which is recounted in Acts 15, it had been decided that the pagans who had converted to Christianity would not be required to undergo circumcision and to follow the food regulations of the Mosaic Law. Yet a small but influential number of Christian Jews from Jerusalem still expected converts to follow those regulations. Peter had eaten with some new converts and had ignored the food regulations—until strict Jews from Jerusalem came. And then Peter stopped eating with those new converts, thus negating in practice the agreement reached at the Council. Seeing this act of ­cowardice, Paul publicly rebuked Peter. What is remarkable here is that Peter was the Head of the Church, the first Pope, and that Paul, his ­inferior, rebuked him because Peter was ­obviously in the wrong.

Do we have the courage to criticize, respectfully but candidly our religious leaders?


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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