Kae Geneciran

Peanut-y Love

First Reading
ROM 15:14-21

I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters,
that you yourselves are full of goodness,
filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another.
But I have written to you rather boldly in some respects to remind you,
because of the grace given me by God
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles
in performing the priestly service of the Gospel of God,
so that the offering up of the Gentiles may be acceptable,
sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to boast in what pertains to God.
For I will not dare to speak of anything
except what Christ has accomplished through me
to lead the Gentiles to obedience by word and deed,
by the power of signs and wonders,
by the power of the Spirit of God,
so that from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum
I have finished preaching the Gospel of Christ.
Thus I aspire to proclaim the Gospel
not where Christ has already been named,
so that I do not build on another’s foundation,
but as it is written:

Those who have never been told of him shall see,
and those who have never heard of him shall understand.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4

R. (see 2b) The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

LK 16:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward
who was reported to him for squandering his property.
He summoned him and said,
‘What is this I hear about you?
Prepare a full account of your stewardship,
because you can no longer be my steward.’
The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do,
now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me?
I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.
I know what I shall do so that,
when I am removed from the stewardship,
they may welcome me into their homes.’
He called in his master’s debtors one by one.
To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’
He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note.
Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’
Then to another he said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’
He replied, ‘One hundred measures of wheat.’
He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note;
write one for eighty.’
And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.
For the children of this world
are more prudent in dealing with their own generation
than the children of light.”


“The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.” (Psalm 98:2b)

Back then, I really loved peanut butter. I got so addicted to it that I put it on everything I eat. I put peanut butter on hotdogs even if I eat it with rice. That’s how much I loved peanut butter. Like everything else in the world, any thing that is too much is bad and so when my parents noticed that I was eating too much peanut butter, they told me to stop. They explained to me the bad effects of having it too much. As the naughty kid I was back then, I always sneak in the kitchen at night and eat at least two spoonfuls of peanut butter. As a consequence, I got tonsillitis and was on meds for a week.

If only I listened and followed what my parents told me, I wouldn’t have suffered from tonsillitis. If only I saw past them reprimanding me and saw their concern and love for me instead, I wouldn’t have had to be on medicine for a week. Brothers and sisters, in the same way, we often take the word of God for granted. We go to mass every Sunday, listen to the word of God, read and reflect on it but usually it stops there. We sometimes forget that to truly appreciate and accept the word of God, we must act it out and live it. We must have the courage to live the word of God on our daily lives despite the worldly things surrounding us. When we listen to His word and how we must live our lives according to His teachings, it will do us no harm but rather we would feel His love for us more each day.

Father, I pray for courage that I may live each day according to your teachings.


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