Saturday, March 25, 2017

 

4th SUNDAY OF LENT (Laetare Sunday)

March 26, 2017 - 4th SUNDAY OF LENT (Laetare Sunday)
Violet I Rose

1 Sm 16:1b, 6- 7, 10 -13a /I Eph 5: 8 -14 / Jn 9:1- 41

FROM THE 2ND READING:     Eph 5: 8
     You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Behave as children of light; the fruits of light are kindness, justice and truth in every form.

FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Jn 9:1-2, 6-7, 10, 13 - 14, 16, 35- 39
   As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been born blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Master, was he born blind because of a sin of his? Or of his parents? ...

     . . . he made paste with spittle and clay and rubbed it on the eyes of the blind man. Then he said, "Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam.".. So he went and washed and came back able to see ....

     The people brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made mud paste and opened his eyes... Some of the Pharisees said "That man is not from God, for he works on the Sabbath," but others wondered, "How can a sinner perform such miraculous signs?" ...

     Jesus heard that they had expelled him. He found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" He answered, "Who is he that I may believe in him?" Jesus said, "You have seen him and he is speaking to you." He said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshipped him.

     Jesus said "I came into this world to carry out a judgment. Those who do not see shall see, and those who see shall become blind."

REFLECTION
     Our Gospel reading today is about blindness, the theme of light and darkness.

     From testimonies of men who became blind or who somehow regained their sight, we see how the man born blind felt when Jesus gave him physical sight. In the Gospel story, there is a more important miracle that takes place. The blind man's miracle of physical sight was nothing compared to the second miracle Jesus worked for him, the gift of faith that John stresses in the Gospel reading.

     John implies that this gift of faith comes gradually, not all at once. John describes the miracle as taking place in three stages. The first stage comes when people ask the blind man about his cure. The blind man replies, "The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and told me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' So I went there and washed and was able to see." The blind man's first perception of Jesus was that he was a remarkable man, but just a man.
   
     The second stage in the blind man's gift of spiritual sight comes when the Pharisees interrogated him, "What do you think of this man who opened your eyes?" The man replied, "He is a prophet." The blind man's answer reveals a growth in his understanding of Jesus. His spiritual vision of Jesus takes a giant leap forward. The more he thinks of what happened, the more convinced the blind man becomes that Jesus must be more than just another man: he must be a man of God, a prophet!

     This brings us to the last stage of the blind man's perception of Jesus, when the blind man meets Jesus face-to-face. Jesus was no longer around when the man returned with his sight restored after washing in the Pool of Siloam. Now Jesus asks him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" The man answers, "Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?" Jesus replies, "You have seen him and he is speaking to you." "Lord, I believe," the man replies, and falls on his knees before
Jesus.

     The man's spiritual sight, his gift of faith in Jesus, was far more miraculous than his gift of physical sight. Let us pray for this great gift.

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY 
     REYNA ROSE P. MANON-OG

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, March 24, 2017

 

SATURDAY, ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD

March 25, 2017 - SATURDAY, ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
Solemnity
White

Is 7:10 -14; 8:10 / Heb 10:4-10 / Lk 1:26- 38

FROM THE 1ST READING:  Is 7:10 -14
     Once again Yahweh addressed Ahaz, "Ask for a sign from Yahweh your God, let it come either from the deepest depths or from the heights of heaven." But Ahaz answered, "I will not ask, I will not put Yahweh to the test." Then Isaiah said, "Now listen, descendants of David. Have you not been satisfied trying the patience of people, that you also try the patience of God? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The Virgin is with child and bears a son and calls his name Immanuel."

FROM THE 2ND READING:     Heb 10:5- 7
     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, 0 God."

FROM THE GOSPEL READING:     Lk 1:30- 35
     But the angel said, "Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you. You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call him Jesus. He will be great and shall rightly be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the kingdom of David, his ancestor; he will rule over the people of Jacob forever, and his reign shall have no end."

     Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be if I am a virgin?" And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the holy child to be born shall be called Son of God."
   
REFLECTION
     The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is easily captured in one word, "Yes." We are all familiar with the story of the incarnation of the Son of God through the generous availability of the maiden Mary. After some questioning and calming of her fears, Mary readily yields in faith and trust to the invitation through the angel Gabriel to be the Mother of the Son of God.

     To what do we believe God is inviting us now? What are our fears and reservations in responding to various urgings of God? Do we worry about fears and raise questions when we perceive God calling and inviting us to do and offer something? Such would be perfectly normal and understandable when asked for something we are not familiar with which brings about apprehensions, reservations and even fears. What we have to watch out for is that such fears and apprehensions do not paralyze us. For we know that there is always something beautiful and fulfilling for us if God asks and invites us.

     Is Jesus challenging us to a deeper faith in him? Are we being called to reconcile and make up with those who may have hurt us? Are we asked to do charity work or to be more involved in the life of the Church through our parish? Are we able to forgive ourselves for our shortcomings and weaknesses, realizing the great understanding and mercy of God? Are we being led to truly unexpected challenges or undertakings?

     It is important to see that such invitations are always in the context of our participation in the mission of salvation initiated by the Lord Jesus. It is only in this wider context that we may be able to appreciate that our positive response, our "Yes," enhances the reign of God and is thus a fulfillment of Jesus' promise that he will always be with us.
   
     God wants only one answer, our generous "Yes." Are we willing to take this risk with God as Mary did with the announcement by the angel Gabriel? It may not be easy (Mary's heart was pierced by many swords) but we could rest assured God will always be with us in any undertaking. God was always with Mary in support of her generosity and fidelity. God will be the same with us.

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     SHARLYN ROSE GO
     KAW SHIRLEY TAN

IN MEMORIAM (†)
     STEWART (1960·1993)
     & FRANCES VALERIE LIAO (1963·1993)

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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Thursday, March 23, 2017

 

FRIDAY, 3rd Week of Lent

March 24, 2017 – FRIDAY, 3rd Week of Lent
Violet

Hos 14: 2-10. I Mk 12: 28- 34

FROM THE 1ST READING:     Hos 14: 2- 3, 5
     Return to your God Yahweh, 0 Israel! Your sins have caused your downfall. Return to Yahweh with humble words. Say to him, "Oh you who show compassion to the fatherless, forgive our debt, be appeased. Instead of bulls and sacrifices, accept the praise from our lips." ... I will heal their wavering and love them with all my heart, for my anger has turned from them.

GOSPEL READING:     Mk 12: 28- 34
     A teacher of the Law had been listening to this discussion and admired how Jesus answered them. So he came up and asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?"

     Jesus answered, "The first is: Hear; Israel! The Lord, our God, is One Lord; and you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. And after this comes a second commandment: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these two."

     The teacher of the Law said to him, "Well spoken, Master; you are right when you say that he is one and there is no other. To love him with all our heart, with all our understanding and with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves is more important than any burnt offering or sacrifice."

     Jesus approved this answer and said, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." But after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

REFLECTION
     Indeed it is very difficult to love our neighbor, when so many seem unlovable. How do we follow and live out such a comprehensive commandment?

     This is exactly what God teaches us through Jesus: "to love your neighbor as yourself": to support the grumpy relative, to look after the irresponsible drugged-up brother, to be concerned for the office associate who has wronged us, to leave no one in our love, to be concerned for the very least of Christ's brethren.

     This is not easy on our own power. Let us continue to pray to learn to love and serve our neighbor as we should and could. When we are well-fed, may no one feel hunger; may the sick and advanced in years have the care they need; may those grieving and distressed be consoled.

     May we learn to be like the good Samaritan to the traveler who had fallen to robbers. And on judgment day may we receive the reward promised by Jesus: "Come, blessed of my Father! Take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world." (Mt 25:34)

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     BENJIE SENIREZ
     PACO FULE

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 
     PATRICK & BILLIE SYLING

IN MEMORIAM (†)
     CONSUELO CUNANAN (MAR 24,1914 – JAN 8, 1981)

OTHER INTENTIONS:
For the eternal repose of the soul of Go Tiao Keng.

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, March 22, 2017

 

THURSDAY, 3rd Week of Lent

March 23, 2017 – THURSDAY, 3rd Week of Lent

St. Toribio de Mogrovejo, Bishop 

Violet

 

Jer 7:23 - 28 I Lk 11: 14 - 23

 

     Born in Spain, St. Toribio of Mogrovejo (1538 -1606) established ecclesiastical discipline in Latin America as Archbishop of Lima.

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:     Jer 7:23- 24

     One thing I did command them: Listen to my voice and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in the way I command you and all will be well with you. But they did not listen and paid no attention; they followed the bad habits of their stubborn heart and turned away from me.

 

GOSPEL READING:             Lk 11: 14- 23

     One day Jesus was driving out a dumb demon. When the demon had been driven out, the mute person could speak, and the people were amazed. Yet some of them said, "He drives out demons by the power of Beelzebub, the chief of the demons!" So others wanted to put him to the test by asking him for a heavenly sign.

   

     But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every nation divided by civil war is on the road to ruin, and will fall. If Satan also is divided, his empire is coming to an end. How can you say that I drive out demons by calling upon Beelzebub? If I drive them out by Beelzebub, by whom do your fellow members drive out demons? They themselves will give you the answer.

 

     "But suppose I drive out demons by the finger of God; would this not mean that the kingdom of God has come upon you? As long as the strong and armed man guards his house, his goods are safe. But when the stronger one attacks and overcomes him, the challenger takes away all the weapons he relied on and disposes of his spoils.

 

     "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters."

 

REFLECTION

     In the first reading Yahweh reminds Israel to listen to him and to obey his commands, and all will be well with them. But, instead, they turned away from him and refused to follow his commands.

 

     In the Gospel reading Jesus restores speech to a mute man, driving out the demon which made him mute. His enemies among the leader of the Jews claim he drove out the demon by the power of Beelzebub. Jesus shows them clearly he did not do wonders by the power of Beelzebub but the finger of God and that "the kingdom of God had come upon them."

   

     God's power is clearly stronger than that of Beelzebub and his evil forces.

 

     Have I experienced the saving power of God in my life? What makes it difficult for me to see God's finger in my life? Have I been obedient to God's ways and commands? Have I become mute in speaking and spreading God's truth?

   

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     AILEEN SERRANO 

     FEDERICO CALERO 

     ROSE MARIE TIU

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     RAUL & SUSAN AQUINO

 

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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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

WEDNESDAY, 3rd Week of Lent

March 22, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 3rd Week of Lent
Violet

Dt 4:1, 5 - 9 / Mt 5:17- 19

FROM THE 1ST READING:     Dt 4:1, 6b- 8
     And now, Israel, listen to the norms and laws which I teach you that you may put them into practice. And you will live and enter and take possession of the land which Yahweh, the God of your fathers, gives you....

     When other people come to know of all these laws, they will say, "There is no people as wise and as intelligent as this great nation. For in truth, is there a nation as great as ours, whose gods are as near to it as Yahweh, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him? And is there a nation as great as ours whose norms and laws are as just as this Law which I give you today?"

GOSPEL READING:     Mt 5: 17- 19
     Jesus said to his disciples, "Do not think that I have come to remove the Law and the Prophets. I have not come to remove but to fulfill them. I tell you this: as long as heaven and earth last, not the smallest letter or stroke of the Law will change until all is fulfilled.

     "So then, whoever breaks the least important of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be the least in the kingdom of heaven. On the other hand, whoever obeys them and teaches others to do the same will be great in the kingdom of heaven."
   
REFLECTION
     Both readings speak of the value of obedience to the norms and laws given by Yahweh: those who keep these laws and teach others to obey these laws will be greatly rewarded.

     Jesus tells his disciples that he has come not "to remove the Law and the Prophets" but "to fulfill them."

      Each follower of Christ, each Christian, is called to know and understand, to follow and obey these laws and to teach others to do the same. We cannot teach others unless we also live according to these laws. This responsibility is greater for those who have the care of others like parents for their children and leaders for those under them.

     May the Lord grant us the grace, wisdom and strength to fulfill this great responsibility of living according to God's laws and norms and of teaching and leading others under our care to do the same.
   
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     DENNIS CUYEGKENG
     TIM BAUTISTA

IN MEMORIAM (†)
     WILLIAM ANG LIM (APR. 23,1949 - MAR. 22, 2014)

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, March 20, 2017

 

TUESDAY, 3rd Week of Lent

March 21, 2017 - TUESDAY, 3rd Week of Lent

Violet

 

Dn 3:25, 34- 43 / Mt 18: 21- 35

 

GOSPEL READING:     Mt 18: 21 - 35

     Then Peter asked Jesus, "Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother or sister? Seven times?" Jesus answered, "No, not seven times, but seventy-seven times."

 

     "This story throws light on the kingdom of heaven. A king decided to settle the accounts of his servants. Among the first was one who owed him ten thousand gold ingots. As the man could not repay the debt, the king commanded that he be sold as a slave with his wife, children and all his goods in payment.

 

     "The official threw himself at the feet of the king and said, 'Give me time and I will pay back everything.' The king took pity on him and not only set him free but even canceled his debt.

 

     "This official then left the king's presence and he met one of his companions who owed him a hundred pieces of silver. He grabbed him by the neck and almost strangled him, shouting, 'Pay what you owe!' His companion threw himself at his feet and asked him, 'Give me time, and I will pay everything.' The other did not agree, but sent him to prison until he had paid his debt.

 

     "His companions saw what happened. They were indignant and so they went and reported everything to their lord. Then the lord summoned his official and said, 'Wicked servant, I forgave you all that you owed when you begged me to do so. Weren't you bound to have pity on your companion as I had pity on you?' The lord was now angry, so he handed his servant over to be punished, until he had paid his whole debt."

 

     Jesus added, "So will my heavenly Father do with you unless each of you sincerely forgive your brother or sister."

 

REFLECTION

     In today's Gospel reading we hear Peter asking Jesus, "How many times must I forgive the offenses of my brother or sister? Seven times?" Jesus answers, "No, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." Jesus stresses that our forgiveness of others must have no limits.

   

     And to illustrate the forgiveness expected of us, Jesus gives the parable of the king who, when begged, canceled the huge debt of an official. This same official, though, refused to forego a much smaller debt owed him and sent the debtor to prison until the debt was re-paid. The king was enraged, "I forgave you all you owed when you begged me to do so. Weren't you bound to have pity on your companion as I had pity on you?"

 

     The lesson of the parable: "So will my heavenly Father do with you unless each of you sincerely forgive your brother or sister."

   

     We pray in the Lord's Prayer, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." We hope we really mean what we say.

   

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     LENI DE LEON

 

IN MEMORIAM (†)

     PATRICIA REYES

 

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, March 19, 2017

 

MONDAY,3rd Week of Lent

March 20, 2017 – MONDAY,3rd Week of Lent

ST. JOSEPH, Husband of Mary

Patron of the Society of Jesus

Solemnity, White, [Transferred from 79 March 2077]

 

2 Sm 7: 4- Sa, 12-14a, 16 I Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22 I Mt 1:16, 18- 1, 24a

 

     St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, patron of workers, has been honored on 19 March since the end of the tenth century. Pope Pius IX declared him Patron of the universal Church in 1870.

 

1ST READING:     2 Sm 7: 4- Sa, 12- 14a, 16

     But that very night, Yahweh's word came to Nathan, "Go and tell my servant David, this is what Yahweh says.

 

     "When the time comes for you to rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your son after you, the one born of you and I will make his reign secure. He shall build a house for my name and I will firmly establish his kingship forever. I will be a father to him and he shall be my son.... Your house and your reign shall last forever before me, and your throne shall be firm forever."

   

GOSPEL READING:     Mt 1: 16, 18- 21, 24a

     Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and from her came Jesus who is called the Christ- the Messiah....

 

     This is how Jesus Christ was born. Mary his mother had been given to Joseph in marriage but before they lived together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph, her husband, made plans to divorce her in all secrecy. He was an upright man, and in no way did he want to discredit her.

 

     While he was pondering over this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She has conceived by the Holy Spirit, and now she will bear a son. You shall call him 'Jesus' for he will save his people from their sins."

 

REFLECTION

     Our Gospel reading invites us to understand how Joseph was indeed "an

upright man" and a model husband. In our times this bears great significance in the midst of so many marriage-breakups.

 

     The husband or father is usually considered the head of the family. As head of the family, he makes major decisions for the family: In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, he urges wives "to submit to their husbands, as to the Lord" (Eph 5:22) Paul also urges husbands "to love their wives as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her." (Eph 5: 25)

   

     Finding Mary with child before they lived together, Joseph considered divorcing her secretly to protect her. An angel of the Lord assured Joseph that Mary was with child by the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph showed his true love for Mary, giving up his own will, and followed the angel's message and agreed to be husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus and head of the Holy Family.

 

     This difficult act of surrender to show true love is often lacking and causes the break-up of many families.

 

     Through the example and intercession of St. Joseph, may husbands learn true love for their wives and wives for their husbands. And may we also learn true love for God and our neighbor.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     CHAELDA M. DEL CARMEN

     EDWARD JOSEF D. CASTILLO 

     ERNEST JAMES YU

     JENNILYN L. CORNELIO

     THELMA N. FACTORAN

 

IN MEMORIAM (†)

     YU TIONG (1921·2002)

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the eternal repose of the soul of Bernardo Santiago Jr. & Amado Santiago.

 

 

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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