Tuesday, May 22, 2018

 

WEDNESDAY, 7TH Week in Ordinary Time

May 23, 2018 – WEDNESDAY, 7TH Week in Ordinary Time

Green.

Jas 4: 1 - 17 / Mk 9: 38- 40

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Jas 4: 2- 8

Consider yourselves fortunate, my brothers and sisters, when you meet with every kind of trial, for you know that the testing of your faith makes you steadfast. Let your steadfastness become perfect with deeds, that you yourselves may be perfect and blameless, without any defect.

 

If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God who gives to all easily and unconditionally. But ask with faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave driven and tossed on the sea by the wind. Such a person should not expect anything from the Lord, since the doubter has two minds and his conduct will always be insecure.

 

GOSPEL READING:           Mk 9: 38- 40

John said to Jesus, "Master, we saw someone who drove out demons by calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him because he does not belong to our group. " Jesus answered, "Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in my name can soon after speak evil of me. For whoever is not against us is for us."

 

REFLECTION

In tfie first reading James reminds us that trials and difficulties are good to

test us and strengthen us in our faith. He also reminds us to pray with complete trust and confidence in God.

 

In the Gospel reading, the apostle John complains to Jesus about one not in their group who drove out demons in the name of Jesus. Jesus answers John, "Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in my name can soon after speak evil of me. For whoever is not against us is for us."

 

John's complaint is similar to today's racism, intolerance and discrimination: if you are different or are not with us, why should we tolerate you? Should you not be outlawed?

 

Apparently even then these present-day issues already existed: these issues must be part of our human condition.

 

Let us learn to allow and not forbid, to speak good rather than evil of others, to be for rather than against the universal good of all humanity, no matter the color of their skin or their nationality or their sexual orientation or their religious beliefs.

 

Jesus came for all of us and he loves every single one of us.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     Sr. Erlinda T. Lico RVM

     Cynthia C. Salud

     Merry Joy Y. Tambasen

     Caesar D. Wongchuking 

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

    Jose Ng Tan

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the repose of the souls of Bromeo A. Ang, Angelito de Leon and Merlinda Jayloni.

 

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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Monday, May 21, 2018

 

TUESDAY, 7TH Week in Ordinary Time

May 22, 2018 – TUESDAY, 7TH Week in Ordinary Time

St. Rita of Cascia, Religious

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Jas 4: 1- 10 / Mk 9: 30 – 37

 

Born in Umbria, St. Rita of Cascia (1381 - 1457), after being widowed, spent long years in prayer, penance and service to the Lord and the sick.

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Jas 4: 5- 10

Surely, Scripture is not wrong when it says that our spirit tends towards excess. But God has something better to give, and Scripture also says, God opposes the proud but gives his favor to the humble. Give in, then, to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw close to God and he will come close to you. Clean your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you doubters. Recognize your distress, be miserable and weep. Turn your laughter into tears and your joy to sadness. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will raise you up.

 

FROM THE GOSPEL READING:     Mk 9: 33- 37

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, Jesus asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?" But they did not answer because they had been arguing about who was the greatest.

 

Then he sat down, called the Twelve and said to them, "If someone wants to be first, let him be last of all and servant of all." Then he took a little child, placed it in their midst and, putting his arms around it, he said to them, "Whoever welcomes a child such as this in my name, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes not me but the One who sent me."

 

REFLECTION

In tfl'f;irst reading St. James, knowing well our frail human condition, reminds us to choose God over the desires of the flesh and worldly allurements. He encourages us, "Draw close to God and he will come close to you."

 

God wants to give us true happiness but we must be humble enough to give up our sinful behavior.

 

Nowadays in our society, at home and in the work-place, everyone wants to be first. People jockey for promotions and the best assignments, to be given the most recognition. Everyone wants to be the best and the greatest.

 

On the other hand God wants his followers to be the smallest, the kindest, the simplest, the most child-like. This was the example lived by Jesus, his only begotten Son. So if we wish to be like God's Son Jesus, we must choose the path of the lowly, the abject, the poor.

In similar fashion, in the Gospel reading, Jesus surprises his disciples when he says that to be first one must make himself the servant of all. Jesus himself taught and lived this path of humility and selflessness.

 

We pray that this could also be our path. Are we ready to walk and live this path, of being small, least and last? Jesus tells us this is the path to being first in God's eyes.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     Gemma Rita R. Marin

     Lesley Castillo Meoli

     Marita Wilson

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 

     Luis & Susana de Jesus

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     Elaine Marie Cuaso (28 Aug 1983 - 22 May 1997)

     Harris Javier T. Ngo (1909 - 2017)

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For all the intentions of Med Villanueva.

 

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, May 20, 2018

 

MONDAY, 7th Week in Ordinary Time I

May 21, 2018 – MONDAY, 7th Week in Ordinary Time I

Sts. Cristobal Magallanes, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

Green.

 

Jas 3: 13- 18 / Mk 9: 14- 29

 

St. Cristobal Magallanes (1869 - 1927), a Mexican priest, was martyred together with 21 diocesan priests and three lay people during the anti-Catholic years in Mexico in the 1920s-1930s..

 

FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mk 9: 16b- 29

A man answered Jesus from the crowd, "Master, I brought my son to you for he has a dumb spirit. Whenever the spirit seizes him, it throws him down and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth and becomes stiff all over. I asked your disciples to drive the spirit out, but they could not."

 

Jesus replied, "You faithless people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him.

 

As soon as the spirit saw Jesus, it shook and convulsed the boy who fell on the ground and began rolling about, foaming at the mouth. Then Jesus asked the father, "How long has this been happening to him?" He replied, "From childhood. And it has often thrown him into the fire and into the water to destroy him. If you can do anything, have pity on us and help us."

 

Jesus said to him, "Why do you say, 'If you can?' All things are possible for one who believes." Immediately the father of the boy cried out, "I do believe, but help the little faith I have."

 

Jesus saw that the crowd was increasing rapidly, so he ordered the evil spirit, "Dumb and evil spirit, I command you. Leave the boy and never enter him again." The evil spirit shook and convulsed the boy and with a terrible shriek came out. The boy lay like a corpse and people said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by his hand and lifted him and the boy stood up.

 

And after Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive out the spirit?" And he answered, "Only prayer can drive out this kind, nothing else."

 

REFLECTION

In the Gospel reading the father of a boy possessed by an evil spirit brings his son to Jesus: however, Jesus' disciples could not cure him; they could not expel the evil spirit from him. The father brings his problem to Jesus; he presses Jesus: "If you can do anything, have pity on us and help us."

 

Jesus tests the faith of the father and replies to him, "Why do you say, 'If you can?' All things are possible for one who believes." The father of the boy cries out, "I do believe, but help the little faith I have." Jesus commands the evil spirit to leave the boy; the boy is cured and restored to his father.

 

The cure of the possessed boy teaches us about the importance of faith in Jesus and the power of prayer. With faith in God and prayer, "all things are possible."

 

Do we believe and do we pray enough?

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     Dada M. del Carmen

     Carl Joseph Dy Siy

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 

     Nam & Cecille J. Le

     George & Evelyn Wong

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     Go Kun Ong

 

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, May 19, 2018

 

SUNDAY, PENTECOST

May 20, 2018 – SUNDAY, PENTECOST

Solemnity. Red.

 

Vigil: Gn 11: 1 - 9 / Rom 8: 22-27 / Jn 7: 37- 39

Day: Acts 2: 1 - 11 / 1 Cor 12: 3b- 7, 12- 13 / Jn 20: 19 – 23

 

1ST READING:    Acts 2: 1 - 11

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place, And suddenly out of the sky came a sound like a strong rushing wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. There appeared tongues as if of fire which parted and came to rest upon each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.

 

Staying in Jerusalem were religious Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd gathered, all excited because each heard them speaking in his own language. Full of amazement and wonder, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? How is it that we hear them in our own native language? Here are Parthians, Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and foreigners who accept Jewish beliefs, Cretians and Arabians; and all of us hear them proclaiming in our own language what God, the Savior, does."

 

FROM THE 2ND READING:            1 Cor 12: 4- 5

There is a diversity of gifts, but the Spirit is the same. There is a diversity of ministries, but the Lord is the same. There is a diversity of works, but the same God works in all.

 

REFLECTION

The first reading for today's liturgy gives us a very dramatic narration of an event that shook not only the disciples and people in Jerusalem at that first Pentecost but one that continues to shake the Church for all time. So today we celebrate not only what happened that day in Jerusalem but also the gift of God's Spirit which continues to guide the Church today and will guide the Church forever And just as "religious Jews from every nation" gathered that day in Jerusalem were shaken by the Spirit, so all of us and the whole Church continue to be shaken by the same Spirit.

 

In our lifetime there have been remarkable examples of the Spirit's guiding presence in the Church. In 1943 Pope Pius Xll's encyclical, Divino Afflante Spiritu, on the study of the Bible marked the beginning of a modern appreciation of the Scriptures. Considered by some as revolutionary at that time, the Pope's encyclical helped us to move from an overly simplistic and na'lve understanding of the Bible to one that speaks more clearly to men and women of today. The same renewal of biblical studies resulted in a burst of energy in ecumenical efforts to build bridges between Catholics and other Christians, replacing walls of crude hostility with mutual respect despite real differences.

 

As the 20th century moved on, year after year, these sparks of the Spirit's fire prepared the world for significant bursts of energy. The ecumenical movement which had begun in 1908 was celebrated with annual days of prayer for Christian unity. Biblical seminars opened the pages of the Scriptures for a greater number of the faithful for the development of a mature faith life. Historians acknowledge that, together, the development of Scripture studies and the growth of efforts of ecumenical dialogue were indeed a new Pentecost in the life of Christian churches.

 

The Second Vatican Council, convened by Pope St. John XXIII in 1962, and guided to its conclusion in 1965 by his successor, Bl. Paul VI, was a massive effort to open the Church to the modern world.. The fire of the Spirit of Vatican Council II is still being fanned today as new efforts grow and flourish, like at Pentecost, still bringing men and women of different cultures, races and languages together in our own days.

 

Celebrating Pentecost today we are grateful that the Spirit, promised by Jesus to be sent for us, is still at work: the Spirit is at work in you and me, in our families, and in our world. As we thank almighty God for sending the Holy Spirit, we recognize our need for the Spirit. Our world is a deeply divided world, in great need of the Spirit's gift of union. We pray for that today.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

THANKSGIVING 

     Cecilia Lim Yu and Family

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     Ngo Tay Siao Cheng Hoc

 

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, May 18, 2018

 

SATURDAY, 7th Week of Easter

May 19, 2018 – SATURDAY, 7th Week of Easter

White.

 

Acts 28: 16 - 20, 30 - 31 / Jn 21: 20 – 25

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Acts 28: 30- 31

Paul stayed for two whole years in a house he himself rented, where he received without any hindrance all those who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught the truth about Jesus Christ, the Lord, quite openly and without any hindrance.

 

GOSPEL READING:           Jn 21: 20 - 25

Peter looked back and saw that the disciple Jesus loved was following as well, the one who had reclined close to Jesus at the supper and asked him, "Lord, who is to betray you?" On seeing him Peter asked, "Lord, what about him?" Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain until I come, does that concern you? Follow me."

 

Because of this, rumor spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus had not said to Peter, "he will not die," but "suppose I want him to remain until I come."

 

It is this disciple who testifies about the things he has recorded here and we know that his testimony is true. But Jesus did many other things; if all were written down, the world itself would not hold the books recording them.

 

REFLECTION

Discipleship has many faces. Each disciple is called to journey a different

path toward the same goal, with the same purpose.

 

The first reading talks about Paul's ministry in Rome. A stranger and prisoner in Rome, Paul preached about Jesus to Gentile friends and converts. He was forbidden to speak in large gatherings in public places. Paul showed great trust in the Lord in his many trials and persecutions: the Lord who brought him to Rome will guide and watch over him.

 

The Gospel reading speaks of Peter asking about the "fate" of the disciple Jesus loved. In Jesus' answer Peter was told to mind his own mission, not John's, not another's. Peter's mission was to follow Jesus in his own way.

 

Similarly each one of us is called to follow Christ in our particular and unique way. We can learn from the lives and example of many generous and dedicated followers of Christ. But bottom-line we follow and serve the Lord Jesus in the unique circumstances of our talents and opportunities. What really matters is that we follow and love and serve Jesus the best way we can.

 

Discipleship is a total offering of self, though wounded and torn, yet willingly offered to be made whole again for Christ's mission.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     Pedro Bias

     Gregorio A. Kaw

 

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, May 15, 2018

 

WEDNESDAY, 7TH Week of Easter

May 16, 2018 – WEDNESDAY, 7TH Week of Easter

St. Andrew Bobola, Priest and Martyr

Memorial.. Red.

 

Acts 20: 28- 38 / Jn 17: 11b- 19

 

St. Andrew Bobola (1591 -1657), a Jesuit travelling missionary, was viciously martyred by the Cossacks in Poland.

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Acts 20: 31 - 32

Paul said, "Be on the watch, therefore, remembering that for three years, night and day, I did not cease to warn everyone even with tears. Now I commend you to God and to his grace-filled word, which is able to make you grow and gain the inheritance that you shall share with all the saints."

 

GOSPEL READING:           Jn 17: 11b- 19

Jesus said, "I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world whereas I am going to you. Holy Father, keep them in your Name (that you have given me) so that they may be one, just as we are.

 

"When I was with them, I kept them safe in your Name, and not one was lost except the one who was already lost, and in this the Scripture was fulfilled. But now I am going to you and I leave these my words in the world that my joy may be complete in them

 

"I have given them your word and the world has hated them because they are not of the world; just as I am not of the world. I do not ask you to remove them from the world but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world; consecrate them in the truth -your word is truth.

 

"I have sent them into the world as you sent me into the world, and for their sake I go to the sacrifice by which I am consecrated, so that they too may be consecrated in truth."

 

REFLECTION

In the first reading Paul, encouraging the believers in Ephesus to be over­watchful and commending them to God, bids farewell to them.

 

In the Gospel reading, Jesus asks his Father to watch over the apostles and his followers.

 

The apostles must have been fearful imagining a world without the Lord Jesus. Jesus' teaching was not received by the Pharisees and the leaders of the Jewish people: neither would they listen to his followers.

 

Jesus reminds the Apostles that, like Jesus himself, though they are in the world, they are not "of the world": their values and priorities are different, their actions should also be different. It takes a lot of courage to be in this world and not be "of this world": it needs a lot of help from the all powerful God.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     Ada Macaso

     Wilfreda E. Rodriguez Jr. 

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     Franklin Roger L. Sun

 

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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Monday, May 14, 2018

 

TUESDAY 7th Week of Easter

May 15, 2018 – TUESDAY 7th Week of Easter

St. Isidore, Farmer

Memorial. White.

 

Acts 20: 17 - 27 / Jn 17: 1 – 11a

 

St. Isidore (1070 - 1130), patron of farmers, was a Spanish laborer near

Madrid. His wife, Maria de Ia Cabeza, is also a saint.

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Acts 20: 22- 24

Paul said to the Church elders at Ephesus, "But now I am going to Jerusalem, chained by the Spirit, without knowing what will happen to me there. Yet in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that imprisonment and troubles await me. Indeed I put no value on my life, if only I can finish my race and complete the service to which I have been assigned by the Lord Jesus, to announce the good news of God's grace."

 

GOSPEL READING:           Jn 17: 1 - 11a

After saying this, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; give glory to your Son, that the Son may give glory to you. You have given him power over all mortals, and you want him to bring eternal life to all you have entrusted to him. For this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the One you sent, Jesus Christ.

 

"I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do. Now, Father, give me in your presence the same Glory I had with you before the world began.

 

"I have made your name known to those you gave me in the world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they kept your word. And now they know that all you have given me comes indeed from you. I have given them the teaching received from you, and they received it and know in truth that I came from you and they believe that you have sent me.

 

"I pray for them; I do not pray for the world but for those who belong to you and whom you have given to me - indeed all I have is yours and all you have is mine- and now they are my glory. I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world whereas I am going to you. Holy Father, keep them in your Name (that you have given me) so that they may be one, just as we are."

 

REFLECTION

In ttie first reading Paul, calmly and courageously, bids farewell to his beloved

Christian community in Ephesus, telling them that he was ready for persecution and imprisonment.

 

In the Gospel reading, Jesus asks his Father to glorify him just as he glorified the Father. The obedient Son, he has glorified the Father by his obedience to the Father's will.

 

He also prays for his followers, that they may remain faithful to his word and that they may be united to the Father. We pray that this same prayer of Jesus at the night before he died is also his prayer for us who follow him and his word.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     Amiel R. Amurao

     Juanita Lim Dy

     Fr. Eric Anthony S. Escandor S.J.

     Elvie O. Garces

     Christian L. Lopez

     Dominic Hosea Ng Masigan

     Atty. Ed San Juan 

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 

     Arnold & Sheila Tan

     Fermin & Theresita Tan

     Celestina & Dionisio L. Yu 

 

PRAYER INTENTION 

     Eleanor Mimi Lam Tan

     Dionisio Lim Yu

 

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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