Monday, January 26, 2015

 

TUESDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

January 27, 2015 TUESDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

St. Angela Merici, Virgin

Green

 

Heb 10: 1–10 / Mk 3: 31–35

 

[From northern Italy, St. Angela Merici (1470–1540) worked for the formation of Christian women in society and founded in 1535 the Order of Ursulines, the first women's teaching order in the Church.]

 

Reading: Heb 10: 1–10

     The religion of the Law is only a shadow of the good things to come; it has the patterns but not the realities. So, year after year, the same sacrifices are offered without bringing the worshipers to what is the end. If they had been cleansed once and for all, they would no longer have felt guilt and would have stopped offering the same sacrifices. But no, year after year their sacrifices witness to their sins and never will the blood of bulls and goats take away these sins.

     This is why on entering the world, Christ says: You did not desire sacrifice and offering; you were not pleased with burnt offerings and sin offerings. Then I said: "Here I am. It was written of me in the scroll. I will do your will, O God."

     First he says: Sacrifice, offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire nor were you pleased with them—although they were required by the Law.   Then he says: Here I am to do your will.

     This is enough to nullify the first will and establish the new. Now, by this will of God, we are sanctified once and for all by the sacrifice of the body of Christ Jesus.

 

Gospel: Mk 3:31-35

     Then his mother and his brothers came. As they stood outside, they sent someone to call him. The crowd sitting around Jesus told him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you." He replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?"

     And looking around at those who sat there he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me."

 

Reflection

     "Blood is thicker than water," some people would say. In this gospel, the Lord does not talk about the relationships that we have with our family, friends, lovers, neighbors and co-workers, but instead He means to emphasize the relationships that are born through people congregating together to praise Him; those who become one and believe in Him. The Lord redefines the meaning of relationships – it is not just in the matter of flesh and blood, but anyone who "…does God's will…". Those people whom we see at Mass, and those who do good and follow the footsteps of the Lord, these are the people whom we should truly call our brothers and sisters.

     Filipinos and Chinese in general have a strong bond with their families. This is overtly practiced by having family reunions, celebrating holidays and birthdays together, sticking to one another no matter what, and covering each other's back for mistakes and troubles. There is no problem with this, but the Lord calls us to open up our minds, to welcome new relationships in our life with those who have the same Catholic beliefs, and most especially, to renew our relationship with him.

     Our Lord shares a true and perfect relationship with us. Where in the world can you find someone who is as compassionate, understanding, loving and forgiving as God is? He challenges us to be the best that we can be and helps us to see through the darkness. There is always hope. Let us not forget that our Lord is capable of transforming us to become like him, to be more loving and generous to our fellow brothers and sisters. He invites us to do this together as a community, as a real family. May we continue to seek his guidance in strengthening these special relationships all rooted in our praise and worship of a loving Father.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     RECHIEL C. GARCIA

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     CARIDAD B. YANG

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Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

 

MONDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

January 26, 2015 MONDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops

Memorial, White

 

2 Tim 1: 1–8 / Mk 3: 22–30

 

[Sts. Timothy (d. 97) and Titus (d. 107) were both disciples of St. Paul the Apostle. St. Timothy was Bishop of Ephesus while St. Titus was Bishop of Crete. St. Paul wrote three pastoral letters to them.]

 

Reading: 2 Tim 1: 1-8

     From Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of his promise of eternal life in Christ Jesus, to my dear son Timothy.

     May grace, mercy and peace be with you from God the Father and Christ.

     I give thanks to God whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my ancestors did, as I remember you constantly, day and night, in my prayers. I recall your tears and I long to see you that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, so like the faith of your grandmother Lois and of your mother Eunice, which I am sure you have inherited.

     For this reason I invite you to fan into a flame the gift of God you received through the laying on of my hands. For God did not confer on us a spirit of bashfulness, but of strength, love and good judgment. Do not be ashamed of testifying to our Lord, nor of seeing me in chains. On the contrary, do your share in laboring for the Gospel with the strength of God.

 

Gospel: Mk 3: 22–30

     Meanwhile, the teachers of the Law who had come from Jerusalem said, "He is in the power of Beelzebul: the chief of the demons helps him to drive out demons."

     Jesus called them to him and began teaching them by means of stories or parables, "How can Satan drive out Satan? If a nation is divided by civil war, that nation cannot stand. If a family divides itself into groups, that family will not survive. In the same way, if Satan has risen against himself and is divided, he will not stand; he is finished. No one can break into the house of the Strong one in order to plunder his goods, unless he first ties up the Strong one. Then indeed, he can plunder his house.

     Truly, I say to you, every sin will be forgiven humankind, even insults to God, however numerous. But whoever slanders the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven: he carries the guilt of his sin forever."

     This was their sin when they said, "He has an evil spirit in him."

 

Reflection:

     St. Timothy was a companion and assistant of St. Paul the Apostle in his missionary work. Paul's confidence in him could be seen in how Paul would call on Timothy to do special mission in forming and strengthening the churches he wanted to reach.

     The first reading then is very apt at this time that Pope Francis calls on the Church to contribute to the New Evangelization through many different ways.

     St. Paul reminds everyone that gifts of "strength, love and good judgment" have been given us. These gifts are not to be kept in the dark but to be used to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These gifts are to inspire and give the faithful the necessary confidence in witnessing to the risen Christ who conquered death.

     Perhaps, we are asked to work with one another without fear in evangelizing the people we meet and work with. The "spirit of bashfulness" has no place at this time. What do we tell them? How do we tell them? When do we tell them about Jesus? There are groups in the Church that have started to do this. If we think we can contribute something in this area then maybe it is time to work and cooperate with them. Let us ask ourselves in our prayer, is God asking me to do this?

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     ERWIN B. MONTOJO

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     JOYCE GOTAMCO & SHERWIN CHAN

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     CHOA SI

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

 

3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

January 25, 2015, 3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Cycle B, Green

 

Jon 3:1–5 / 1 Cor 7: 29-31 / Mk 1: 14-20

 

First Reading: Jon 3:1–5

     The word of Yahweh came to Jonah a second time: "Go to Nineveh, the great city, and announce to them the message I give you."

     In obedience to the word of Yahweh, Jonah went to Nineveh. It was a very large city, and it took three days just to cross it. So Jonah walked a single day's journey and began proclaiming, "Forty days more and Nineveh will be destroyed."

     The people of the city believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

 

Second Reading: 1 Cor 7: 29-31

     I say this, brothers and sisters: time is running out, and those who are married must live as if not married; those who weep as if not weeping; those who are happy as if they were not happy; those buying something as if they had not bought it, and those enjoying the present life as if they were not enjoying it. For the order of this world is vanishing.

 

Gospel: Mk 1: 14-20

     After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee and began preaching the Good News of God. He said, "The time has come; the kingdom of God is at hand. Change your ways and believe the Good News."

     As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people." At once, they left their nets and followed him. Jesus went a little farther on and saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee; they were in their boat mending their nets. Immediately Jesus called them and they followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men.

 

Reflection:

     In today's Gospel reading four ordinary people have an encounter with Jesus. Starting his public ministry and walking by the Sea of Galilee "he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.' At once, they left their nets and followed him." Then "Jesus went a little farther on and saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee; they were in their boat mending their nets. Immediately Jesus called them and they followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men."

     When Jesus called the four, they could have replied, "Let us think about it for a while." But no; they did not question nor hesitate nor consult anybody. They left everything and followed Jesus.

     When Jesus encounters us today to follow him and let him be the Lord of our lives, he does not want us to think about it, to weigh it, to study the pros and cons, to talk to our family and friends, to wait and see if something better will come along or the situation in which we are will change or improve,

     When Jesus calls there is a sense of urgency; there is a sense that Jesus is erupting into our lives with such a strong force that we have no choice but to decide, not tomorrow or the day after, but now when he encounters us, while we have him by our side.

     Many people believe in God only when it is convenient or when there is nothing better to do or when it is socially acceptable or when they sense they need a favor from God but there is no conviction to give one's all, one's whole life to him. When Jesus encounters us, he does not want our opinion about him. He wants our conviction that he is the Lord of Life, that we are his servants and

he is the master, that he is the leader. We are his followers, his children; he is our Father-provider.

     Jesus not only calls us to a life of urgency and conviction but also to a task. He calls us to do something with what he has given to us. He calls us to share, and to give to others what he has first given to us: his love, his caring, his forgiveness.

     Sharing our faith, sharing our resources, sharing a part of ourselves with others, proclaiming his good news to others, is what this life is all about as we follow Jesus. But one may wonder, with whom do I share the Good News about Jesus, to whom do I speak about Jesus?

     Jesus calls us to love people nobody else loves. Jesus calls us to reach out to the lonely, the hungry, the sick, the ones in prison, the disabled, the needy, people who need to hear that someone loves them and that someone is Jesus himself.

     Jesus came preaching the Good News that the kingdom of God was at hand, He asks us to go into all the world with the same message, the message of the Good News of God that his kingdom is now at hand. Jesus calls us to a life of conviction, a life or urgency, a life reaching out with his message of love and forgiveness to all the people we encounter.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     MELISSA R. YEUNG

     VIRGILIO CATUNAO

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the healing and recovery of LIM GIET YAN Gotamco

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

 

SATURDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

January 24, 2015 SATURDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Memorial, White

   

Heb 9: 2-3, 11-14 / Mk 3:20-21

   

[Born in Savoy, St. Francis de Sales (1567–1622), Bishop of Geneva, fought Calvinism vigorously. His Introduction to the Devout Life is a classic of spiritual direction. With St. Jane Frances de Chantal, he founded the Order of the Visitation. Pius XI declared him Patron of Journalists and Other Writers.]

 

Reading: Heb 9: 2-3, 11-14

     A first tent was prepared with the lampstand, the table and the bread of the presence, this is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain, there is a second sanctuary called the Most Holy Place.

     But now Christ has appeared as the high priest with regard to the good things of these new times. He passed through a sanctuary more noble and perfect, not made by hands, that is, not created. He did not take with himself the blood of goats and bulls but his own blood, when he entered once and for all into this sanctuary after obtaining definitive redemption. If the sprinkling of people defiled by sin with the blood of goats and bulls or with the ashes of a heifer provides them with exterior cleanness and holiness, how much more will it be with the blood of Christ? He, moved by the eternal Spirit, offered himself as an unblemished victim to God and his blood cleanses us from dead works, so that we may serve the living God.

 

Gospel: MK 3:20-21

     They went home. The crowd began to gather again and they couldn't even have a meal. Knowing what was happening his relatives came to take charge of him: "He is out of his mind," they said.

 

Reflection:

     "He is out of his mind." Great persons who were gifted with a mindset that challenges the way the world thinks usually are criticized and on many occasions have been excluded, ostracized and even persecuted. It is only after a while and upon closer reflection and examination that the admission of wrongdoing is realized and the figure is exonerated, long after the damage has been done. The lives of the saints attest to this. This not only happens to individuals but to whole communities of believers as well.

 

     Following the 200th year anniversary of the restoration of the Jesuits in 1814, in hindsight, we find the good work of the Jesuits being interrupted because the powers that be then failed to recognize the working of the Holy Spirit and the mission of participating in God's plan of re-creation.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     GEORGE K. YOUNG

     GERVIN JON GO KAW

     HANS TIONGSON

     THELMA IDABA

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     GERVIN & ROSABEL KAW

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the eternal repose of the soul of Crisanta Leonidas Sy. Eternal rest grant unto her & may perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul rest in peace.

 

For Ee Tian Lock who had an ankle tendon operation, leading to blood poisoning, and now left leg amputation.  Please pray that he will get well and have no further complications or operations and that though he is not a Catholic but his relatives are, through his suffering he may find God.

 

For the eternal repose of the soul of Mixomino Hizon

 

Birthday Blessings for Mr. Joselito Campos

 

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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Thursday, January 22, 2015

 

FRIDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

January 23, 2015 

FRIDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

Green

 

Heb 8: 6–13 / Mk 3: 13-19

 

Reading: Heb 8: 6–13

     Now, however, Jesus enjoys a much higher ministry in being the mediator of a better covenant, founded on better promises. If all had been perfect in the first covenant, there would have been no need for another one. Yet God sees defects when he says:

     The days are coming - it is the word of the Lord - when I will draw up a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah.

     It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand and led them out of Egypt. They did not keep my covenant, and so I myself have forsaken them, says the Lord.

     But this is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel in the days to come: I will put my laws into their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people.

      None of them will have to teach one another or say to each other: Know the Lord, for they will know me from the least to the greatest. I will forgive their sins and no longer remember their wrongs.

     Here we are being told of a new covenant; which means that the first one had become obsolete, and what is obsolete and aging is soon to disappear.

 

Gospel: Mk 3:13-19

     Then Jesus went up into the hill country and called those he wanted and they came to him. So he appointed twelve to be with him; and he called them apostles. He wanted to send them out to preach, and he gave them authority to drive out demons.

     These are the Twelve: Simon, to whom he gave the name Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John his brother, to whom he gave the name Boanerges, which means "men of thunder," Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alpheus, Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

 

Reflection:

     The purpose of calling disciples was to send them to preach the Good News. What is the Good News? That there is a way out of death. There is the possibility to have a joy that comes from above. There is this possibility to remove darkness from our lives.

     Christ allows us to overcome and expose the devil's lies and deceits. The demons have only one purpose: to discourage us, to instill in us doubt of God's love for us.

     For the real tragedy is the absence of this love. This is what makes man suffer, that we experience an ontological death, the death of being, because we have cut ourselves off from the tree of life, which is the love of God. In all situations of suffering, when we fail to see the love of God in these events, we are destroyed. We are forced to cling to the idols of the world to seek happiness. The slavery that the demons force upon us are the true causes of suffering and sadness.

     The only joy that lasts is in knowing that we are really children of God, created in his image. That is why the Good News comes to free us from the lies of the demons. And Christ specifically has given the disciples the authority to drive out the demons in men's lives. Every sacrament has the grace to bring in the Holy Spirit to enter into us, so that this dwelling may be protected and kept safe from evil. Let us not doubt the strength and power of God over all the demons! Christ is victorious, Lord and Kyrios over all!

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     RUBEN CHAN HWAN (1958-2010)

     YU CHENG KHO (1916-1993)

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

 

THURSDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

January 22, 2015 THURSDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

St. Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon and Martyr

Green

 

Heb 7:25-8: 6 / Mk 3:7-12

 

[Born in Huesca, Spain, deacon St. Vincent (d. 304) was martyred in Valencia during the persecution of Diocletian.]

 

Reading: Heb 7:25-8: 6 

     Consequently he is able to save for all time those who approach God through him. He always lives to intercede on their behalf.

     It was fitting that our High Priest be holy, undefiled, set apart from sinners and exalted above the heavens; a priest who does not first need to offer sacrifice for himself before offering for the sins of the people, as high priests do. He offered himself in sacrifice once and for all. And whereas the Law elected weak men as high priests, now, after the Law, the word of God with an oath appointed the Son, made perfect forever.

     The main point of what we are saying is that we have a high priest. He is seated at the right hand of the divine majesty in heaven, where he serves as minister of the true temple and sanctuary, set up not by any mortal but by the Lord.

     A high priest is appointed to offer to God gifts and sacrifices, and Jesus also has to offer some sacrifice. Had he remained on earth, he would not be a priest, since others offer the gifts according to the Law. In fact, the ritual celebrated by those priests is only an imitation and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary. We know the word of God to Moses with regard to the construction of the holy tent. He said: You are to make everything according to the pattern shown to you on the mountain.

     Now, however, Jesus enjoys a much higher ministry in being the mediator of a better covenant, founded on better promises.

 

Gospel: Mk 3:7-12

     Jesus and his disciples withdrew to the lakeside and a large crowd from Galilee followed him. A great number of people also came from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, Transjordan and from the region of Tyre and Sidon, for they had heard of all that he was doing.

     Because of the crowd, Jesus told his disciples to have a boat ready for him, to prevent the people from crushing him. He healed so many that all who had diseases kept pressing towards him to touch him. Even the people who had evil spirits, whenever they saw him, would fall down before him and cry out, "You are the Son of God." But he warned them sternly not to tell anyone who he was.

 

Reflection:

     Jesus is the perfect high priest who intercedes for us at the right hand of God the Father. Men have seen his face and he has lived among us. He suffered and died, sinless as he was, for our salvation, and now with his ascension into heaven, our humanity has also been raised. We have indeed a perfect mediator who does not need to offer sacrifices again to appease God. He has once and for all done this when he offered his body on the cross. The Father has accepted his sacrifice and has given him power to save anyone who cries to him for help.

     Why do you follow Jesus? Is it because of the miracles he has done for you? In the Gospel, great crowds followed Jesus because they have seen him doing many miracles – healing the sick, multiplying the loaves of bread, etc. Yet when things went wrong, only a handful remained.

     To follow Jesus even if he does not cure our ailments and solve our problems is the mark of a mature Christian. This requires a lot of faith and we are called to be faithful to him. Why? Because Jesus has always been faithful to us. His death on the cross should provoke us to believe this and to desire to follow him. Then when we have gotten to know him intimately, we will truly love him because his love for us is very deep and personal.No one loves us as Jesus does. Once we have experienced this, we will want not only want to love him back but also want to imitate him.

   

   

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

   

BIRTHDAY

     DARYL C. SIMAN

     ROXANNE A. AZUR

     TOTI P. VENTURA

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     LAWRENCE & CRICKET LESACA

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

 

WEDNESDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

January 21, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

Memorial, Red

 

Heb 7: 1-3, 15–17 / Mk 3: 1-6

 

[St. Agnes, from a noble Roman family, was martyred by beheading at age 13 in 304.]

 

Reading: Heb 7: 1-3, 15–17

     Scripture says that Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, came out to meet Abraham who returned from defeating the kings. He blessed Abraham and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything.

     Let us note that the name Melchizedek means King of Justice, and that king of Salem means king of Peace. There is no mention of father, mother or genealogy; nothing is said about the beginning or the end of his life. In this he is the figure of the Son of God, the priest who remains forever.

     All this, however, becomes clear if this priest after the likeness of Melchizedek has in fact received his mission, not on the basis of any human law, but by the power of an immortal life.  Because Scripture says: You are a priest forever in the priestly order of Melchizedek.

 

Gospel: Mk 3: 1-6

     Again Jesus entered the synagogue. A man who had a paralyzed hand was there and some people watched Jesus: Would he heal the man on the sabbath? If he did they could accuse him.

     Jesus said to the man with the paralyzed hand, "Stand here in the center." Then he asked them, "What does the Law allow us to do on the sabbath? To do good or to do harm? To save life or to kill?" But they were silent.

     Then Jesus looked around at them with anger and deep sadness because they had closed their minds. And he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out and his hand was healed. But as soon as the Pharisees left, they met with the Herod's supporters, looking for a way to destroy Jesus.

 

Reflection:

     Jesus is the God of mercy; he wants to make us whole by his healing and forgiving power. When he healed a man with a paralyzed hand in today's Gospel reading, he set the man free from his bodily disability. This was another act of pity and love of Jesus.

     But the healing was done on the sabbath in the presence of Pharisees and others who cared more about the letter of the Law than about the Law's true spirit. They took it against Jesus that he healed on the Sabbath and thus broke the sanctity of the Sabbath. In their teaching they could not understand that the Law was made for the good of man and not man for the Law. They cared for the letter and the strict observance of the Law in the way they interpreted it but failed to appreciate its core values and true rationale. They loved the Law and forgot about the Giver and intent of the Law.

     The man with the paralyzed hand was cured when, at one sabbath, he encountered the Lord, the Giver of the Law. This man left Jesus healed and restored.

     Jesus was filled "with anger and deep sadness because they [the Pharisees] had closed their minds." They did not care about the man with the paralyzed hand; they could not be joyful and thankful that this afflicted man was cured by the power of Jesus. Afraid and silent, unable to reply to Jesus questions, "What does the Law allow us to do on the sabbath? To do good or do harm? To save life or to kill," all the Pharisees could do was to go away with their "closed minds" to immediately conspire with the followers of Herod, "looking for a way to destroy Jesus."

     Let us pray that we follow and live God's Law with joy and true understanding.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     PATRICIA ANNE C. INOCENCIO

 

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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