Tuesday, July 22, 2014

 

Wednesday 16th Week in Ordinary Time

July 23, 2014
Wednesday 16th Week in Ordinary Time
[St. Bridget of Sweden]

Jer 1: 1, 4-10 / Ps 71: 1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15 and 17/ Mt 13: 1-9

Reading: Jer 1: 1, 4-10
These are the words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. A word of Yahweh came to me, "Even before I formed you in the womb I have known you; even before you were born I had set you apart, and appointed you a prophet to the nations!" I said, "Ah, Lord Yahweh! I do not know how to speak; I am still young!" But Yahweh replied, "Do not say; 'I am still young', for now you will go whatever be the mission I am entrusting to you, and you will speak of whatever I command you to say. Do not be afraid of them, for I will be with you to protect you - it is Yahweh who speaks!" Then Yahweh stretched out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth. See! Today I give you authority over nations and over kingdoms to uproot and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant."

Gospel: Matthew 13: 1-9
That same day Jesus left the house and sat down by the lakeside. As many people gathered around him, he got in a boat. There he sat while the whole crowd stood on the shore, and he spoke to them in parables about many things. Jesus said, "The sower went out to sow and, as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground where there was little soil, and the seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was not deep. But as soon the sun rose the plants were scorched and withered because they had no roots. Again other seeds fell among thistles; and the thistles grew and choked the plants. Still other seeds fell on good soil and produced a crop; some produced a hundredfold, others sixty and others thirty. If you have ears, then hear!"

Reflection:
A seed is intended to be planted and is expected to produce. Small, yet it has a tremendous internal life. If it is tended well, its yield is abundant. Christ compares the Word of God to a seed. When it is welcomed its fruit is the works of Christ because the Word is Christ Himself. Although this seed is powerful, it is also precarious. If neglected it may wither or die. The soil, which refers to us, can welcome or reject the Word of God. Some of us may welcome it but the trials and difficulties of life make us incredulous of God's love, thus doubt swallows the hope and life of this seed. Some may also welcome it but the concerns of life, the search for security, money and comfort stifles the Word of God. This chase becomes our main preoccupation. The real treasure offered to us is stifled and forgotten. The Lord promises a huge harvest to those who welcome his Word and believe in it. Certainly there will be struggles, difficulties and temptation, but the Lord invites us to have our ears open because the Word of God can sustain, strengthen, encourage and enlighten.

Prayer Requests:
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation
... for birthday intentions - Badette Gancayco

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, July 21, 2014

 

Tuesday 16th Week in Ordinary Time

July 22, 2014
Tuesday 16th Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, St. Mary Magdalene]
 
Mi 7: 14-15, 18-20   / Ps 85:2-4, 5-6, 7-8 / Jn 20: 1-2, 11-18

Reading: Mi 7: 14-15, 18-20  
Shepherd your people with your staff, shepherd the flock of your inheritance that dwells alone in the scrub, in the midst of a fertile land. Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old, in the days when you went out of Egypt. Show us your wonders. Who is a god like you, who takes away guilt and pardons crime for the remnant of his inheritance? Who is like you whose anger does not last? For you delight in merciful forgiveness. Once again you will show us your loving kindness and trample on our wrongs, casting all our sins into the depths of the sea. Show faithfulness to Jacob, mercy to Abraham, as you have sworn to our ancestors from the days of old.   

Gospel: John 20: 1-2, 11-18
Now, on the first day after the Sabbath, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark and she saw that the stone blocking the tomb had been moved away. She ran to Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved. And she said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don't know where they have laid him." Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she bent down to look inside; she saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, and the other at the feet. They said, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She answered, "Because they have taken my Lord and I don't know where they have put him." As she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not recognize him. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?" She thought it was the gardener and answered him, "Lord, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and remove him." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him, "Rabboni" - which means, Master. Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to me; you see I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them: I am ascending to my Father, who is your Father, to my God, who is your God." So Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord, and this is what he said to me."

Reflection:
     St. Mary Magdalene was one of the early disciples of Jesus. After Jesus cast out seven demons from her, she became one of his most ardent followers. She was present with Mary and John under the cross when Jesus died. Her persevering love for Jesus allowed her to be the first witness of the Risen Christ. According to Church tradition, she eventually went to southern France where she continued Jesus' mission of evangelization. 
     What can we learn from Mary Magdalene? First, once she was cured by Jesus of her demons, she changed her life radically. Are we like her?  Some of us have experienced the forgiveness of Jesus but do we totally appreciate his love and kindness as Mary did?  Do we follow Jesus and serve him?  Second lesson we learn from Mary is her perseverance.  In today's Gospel reading, she did not see Jesus in the tomb, but she remained by the tomb looking for him. Then Jesus appeared to her and her longing for him was satisfied.  When we look for Jesus in our lives, do we persevere as Mary did?  Are we ready to wait day and night for our Bridegroom to come?  How much do we really love Jesus?  Are we ready to stay under the cross as Mary did. This is the third lesson we receive from Mary - to love God, the most important thing to do in life. Our relationship with Jesus must be a personal relationship. We must talk to him with love because that is how he talks to us. We must also be ready to stay by his side in times of difficulties and bear the crosses we experience and not give up. Then Jesus will reward us with an experience of his resurrection.

Prayer Requests:
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation
... for the wedding anniversary intentions of Ben & Net Ong, birthday intentions of Net 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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Sunday, July 20, 2014

 

Monday 16th Week in Ordinary Time

July 21, 2014
Monday 16th Week in Ordinary Time
[St. Lawrence of Brindisi]

Mi 6: 1-4, 6-8 / Ps 50: 5-6, 8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23/ Mt 12: 38-42

Reading: Mi 6: 1-4, 6-8
Listen to what Yahweh said to me, "Stand up, let the mountains hear your claim, and the hills listen to your plea." Hear, O mountains, Yahweh's complaint! Foundations of the earth, pay attention! For Yahweh has a case against his people, and will argue it with Israel. "O my people, what have I done to you? In what way have I been a burden to you? Answer me. I brought you out of Egypt; I rescued you from the land of bondage; I sent Moses, Aaron and Miriam to lead you. "What shall I bring when I come to Yahweh and bow down before God the most high? Shall I come with burnt offerings, with sacrifices of yearling calves? Will Yahweh be pleased with thousands of rams, with an overabundance of oil libations? Should I offer my firstborn for my sins, the fruit of my body for my wrongdoing?" "You have been told, O man, what is good and what Yahweh requires of you: to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.   

Gospel: Matthew 12: 38-42
Then some teachers of the Law and some Pharisees spoke up, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from you." Jesus answered them, "An evil and unfaithful people want a sign, but no sign will be given them except the sign of the prophet Jonah. In the same way that Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of the monster fish, so will the Son of Man spend three days and three nights in the depths of the earth. At the judgment, the people of Niniveh will rise with this generation and condemn it, because they reformed their lives at the preaching of Jonah, and here there is greater than Jonah. At the judgment, the Queen of the South will stand up and condemn you. She came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and here there is greater than Solomon.

Reflection:
     In the first reading (Micah 6:1-4), the Lord questions: "What have I done to you? Why the questioning? Why the unbelief?"  Only one thing, Yahweh requires: " To do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God." This has been the subject of the readings this past week.
     In the gospel reading, some Pharisees and those knowledgeable in the Law wanted to test Jesus.  Instead of listening to him they demanded a miracle. But Jesus knew their thoughts and did not perform any miracle for them.  Instead, he reprimanded them saying that evil and unfaithful people want a sign, so he did not give them any.  He refers to them as unfaithful believers because they actually had other gods but pretended to search for the truth.  So he gave them the sign of Jonah, the prophet, which refers to the resurrection of Jesus.  As Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of the monster fish, so will the son of man spend three days and three nights buried in the depths of the earth.  After three days, he is risen from the dead, changing death to life.  His resurrection is the foundation of our faith.
     Let us pray the prayer of the foundation of our faith - The Apostles' Creed:  I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth;  and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,  who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary,  suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.  Amen.

Prayer Requests:
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
... for families who are in need of healing.
... for world peace and reconciliation.
... for birthday intentions
    * Atty. Estanislao Granados Jr.
    * Carmen Go
    * Fr. Bernard Collera SVD

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, July 19, 2014

 

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 20, 2014
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wis 12: 13, 16-19 / Ps 86: 5-6, 9-10, 15-16 (5a) / Rom 8: 26-27 / Mt 13: 24-43 or 13:24-30

First Reading: Wisdom 12: 13, 16-19
For there is no other god besides you, one who cares for everyone, who could ask you to justify your judgments; your strength is the source of your justice and because you are the Lord of all, you can be merciful to everyone. To those who doubt your sovereign power you show your strength and you confound the insolence of those who ignore it. But you, the Lord of strength, judge with prudence and govern us with great patience, because you are able to do anything at the time you want. In this way you have taught your people that a righteous person must love his human fellows; you have also given your people cause for hope by prompting them to repent of their sin.

Second Reading: Romans 8: 26-27
We are weak, but the Spirit comes to help us. How to ask? And what shall we ask for? We do not know, but the spirit intercedes for us without words, as if with groans. And He who sees inner secrets knows the desires of the Spirit, for he asks for the holy ones what is pleasing to God.

Gospel: Matthew 13: 24-43 or 13:24-30
Jesus told them another parable, "The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and left. When the plants sprouted and produced grain, the weeds also appeared. Then the servants of the owner came to him and said: 'Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? Where did the weeds come from?' He answered them: 'This is the work of an enemy.' They asked him: 'Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?' He told them: 'No, when you pull up the weeds, you might uproot the wheat with them. Let them just grow together until harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the workers: Pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them; then gather the wheat into my barn." Jesus put another parable before them, "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, that a man took and sowed in his field. It is smaller than all other seeds, but once it has fully grown, it is bigger than any garden plant; like a tree, the birds come and rest in its branches." He told them another parable, "The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast that a woman took and buried in three measures of flour until the whole mass of dough began to rise." Jesus taught all this to the crowds by means of parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So what the Prophet had said was fulfilled: I will speak in parables. I will proclaim things kept secret since the beginning of the world. Then he sent the crowds away and went into the house. And his disciples came to him saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field." Jesus answered them, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world; the good seed are the people of the Kingdom; the weeds are those who follow the evil one. The enemy who sows them is the devil; the harvest is the end of time and the workers are the angels. Just as the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so will it be at the end of time. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom all that is scandalous and all who do evil. And these will be thrown in the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the just will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. If you have ears, then hear.

Reflection:
     When was the last time we were gentle? When was the last time we made a hasty decision? These are the questions we see today in the Gospel on the parable of the weeds. Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed but an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat. When it grew the weeds started to bother the grains. The servants asked the master if they should pull the weeds but the master said no because the wheat might be damaged. He said to just let them be and wait for harvest time. 
     The sower was gentle in his approach but the servants made hasty decisions without thinking of the outcome. This is the way we solve our problems sometimes. Because of our eagerness to have results, some of our decisions are not well thought of. The parable is teaching us to be more careful, more mature and more calculating. We cannot solve problems by using force and destruction. We are to be more caring lest we hurt others. Be more patient and be more loving. We are not saying we become pacifist but we have to do everything at the proper time. And the proper time is the harvest time when we can separate the weeds from the wheat - the weeds to be thrown and burned and the wheat to the barn.
     As we reflect on the gospel reading, let us be more appreciative of the way Jesus has taught us. We know our life here on earth is a time to build the kingdom of God. We try our very best to follow the teachings of Jesus so that we can merit eternal life. We know that Jesus Christ will come again to judge us according to how we lived our life. The second coming is the harvest time when people will be judged according to how they lived. Some will go to the right together with the sheep and some will go to the left together with the goats. Now is the time to ask ourselves: Where do we want to go? If we want to be with the sheep then we should start now to care for the poor, the sick, the hungry. Did we show concern or compassion? Have I been faithful to my duties as mother, father, son or daughter. If we can say yes to these questions, then we are not far from the kingdom of heaven.

Prayer Requests:
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
... for families who are in need of healing.
... for world peace and reconciliation.
... for birthday intentions - Michael Uy

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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Friday, July 18, 2014

 

Saturday 15th Week in Ordinary Time

July 19, 2014
Saturday 15th Week in Ordinary Time

Mi 2: 1-5 / Ps 10: 1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 14 / Mt 12: 14-21 

Reading: Mi 2: 1-5
Woe to those who plot wickedness and plan evil even on their beds! When morning comes they do it, as soon as it is within their reach. If they covet fields, they seize them. Do they like houses? They take them. They seize the owner and his household, both the man and his property. This is why Yahweh speaks, "I am plotting evil against this whole brood, from which your necks cannot escape. No more shall you walk with head held high for it will be an evil time." On that day they will sing a taunting song against you and a bitter lamentation will be heard, "We have been stripped of our property in our homeland. Who will free us from the wicked who allots our fields." Truly, no one will be found in the assembly of Yahweh to keep a field for you.    

Gospel: Matthew 12: 14-21
Then the Pharisees went out and made plans to get rid of him.  As Jesus was aware of the plot, he went away from that place. Many people followed him and he cured all who were sick. Then he gave them strict orders not to make him known. In this way Isaiah's prophecy was fulfilled: Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, and with whom I am pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him and he will announce my judgment to the nations. He will not argue or shout, nor will his voice be heard in the streets. The bruised reed he will not crush, nor snuff out the smoldering wick. He will persist until justice is made victorious and in him all the nations will put their hope."

Reflection:
     Men of conviction often have enemies, and Jesus was no exception. A man of controversy from the start, he was often hounded and sabotaged by people who were either afraid or threatened by his teachings. After all, he came to challenge perspectives, and to remind people about what truly matters. Needless to say, this approach raised a few eyebrows and made more than a few Pharisees squirm in their seats-and even plot against him. 
     Have we ever shunned controversy to the point of rejecting anyone who presents new ideas or perspectives? Have we closed our hearts to words we do not wish to hear? Or, worse, have we closed our hearts to Jesus when his teachings trouble us and make us uncomfortable? Perhaps it is time for us to accept him, for it is our freedom and not our demise that he desires.
     Jesus stood by his convictions and teachings of mercy and compassion as he does with us now. He continues to work in our midst, whispering his truths and revealing to us his Father's love whether or not we choose to hear or see it. And he patiently waits for us to come to him, for he hopes in us, as we hope in him.

Prayer Requests:
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
    * Marcos Marcos Morales
... for world peace and reconciliation
... for good physical & spiritual health 
    * Hortensia Morales, Marissa, Alysia, Jesse Verdin
... for special intentions of Yolanda Verdin & Family

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, July 17, 2014

 

Friday 15th Week in Ordinary Time

July 18, 2014
Friday 15th Week in Ordinary Time

Is 38: 1-6, 21-22, 7-8 / Is 38: 10, 11, 12abcd, 16 / Mt 12: 1-8 

Reading: Is 38: 1-6, 21-22, 7-8
In those days Hezekiah fell mortally ill and the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, went to him with a message from Yahweh, "Put your house in order for you shall die; you shall not live." Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to Yahweh, "Ah Yahweh! Remember how I have walked before you in truth and wholeheartedly, and done what is good in your sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Then the word of Yahweh came to Isaiah, "Go and tell Hezekiah what Yahweh, the God of his father David, says: I have heard your prayer and I have seen your tears. See! I am adding fifteen years to your life and I will save you and this city from the power of the king of Assyria. I will defend it for my sake and for the sake of David my servant. Isaiah then said, "Bring a fig cake to rub on the ulcer and let Hezekiah be cured!" Hezekiah asked, "What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the Lord?" Isaiah answered, "This shall be for you a sign from Yahweh, that he will do what he has promised. See! I shall make the shadow descending on the stairway of Ahaz go back ten steps." So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had covered on the stairway.    

Gospel: Matthew 12: 1-8
It happened that Jesus walked through the wheat fields on Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and began to pick some heads of wheat and crush them to eat the grain. When the Pharisees noticed this, they said to Jesus, " Look at your disciples they are doing what is prohibited on the Sabbath!" Jesus answered, "Have you not read what David did when he and his men were hungry? He went into the house of God and they ate the bread offered to God, although neither he nor his men had the right to eat it; but only the priests. And have you not read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath rest, yet they are not guilty? I tell you, there is greater than the Temple here. If you really knew the meaning of the words: it is mercy I want, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent. Besides the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath." 

Reflections: 
     The Gospel reading today tells us what the essence of Christianity is. Many people think it is a matter of just fulfilling certain obligations like going to mass on Sunday, being honest at work and providing for our families. Still others who are moralists, think of Christianity as a list of do's and don'ts. Still others think that to be Christian means to suffer a lot and to be generous to the poor. The truth is, it is all that and more.
     Basically, to be a Christian is to be merciful as our heavenly Father is merciful.  What is mercy? For the Jews, mercy means to have compassion on others, especially the weak, the oppressed and the downtrodden. For them, another aspect of mercy is the tenderness that God feels for his children, for us. God's mercy has been shown to sinners time and time again. His love is always meant to lift us up from our failures, our faults and our betrayal and put us into the kingdom of His beloved Son. Only God can love like this. Only He can show this kind of mercy.
     Yet we are called to be merciful like God. We can do this if we understand and experience God's immense love for men. We must be connected to Him as branches are to a vine. We must pray often and receive the sacraments worthily. Lastly we must truly believe that our mission on earth is to be loving and merciful as God is. It is possible to be merciful, even to those who hurt or persecute us. For this, we have Jesus as our example and model.

Prayer Requests:
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn. 
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
... for families who are in need of healing.
... for world peace and reconciliation.

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, July 16, 2014

 

Thursday 15th Week in Ordinary Time

July 17, 2014
Thursday 15th Week in Ordinary Time

Is 26: 7-9, 11, 16-19 / Ps 102: 13-14ab and 15, 16-18, 19-21 / Mt 11: 28-30

Reading: Is 26: 7-9, 11, 16-19
Let the righteous walk in righteousness. You make smooth the path of the just, and we only seek the way of your laws, O Yahweh. Your name and your memory are the desire of our hearts. My soul yearns for you in the night; for you my spirit keeps vigil. When your judgments come to earth, the world's inhabitants learn to be upright. Yahweh, your hand is lifted up, but they fail to see that. Let them see your zeal for your people, that they may be put to shame. Let your enemies be burned in the fire of your anger. For they sought you in distress, they cried out to you in the time of their punishment. As a woman in travail moans and writhes in pain, so are we now in your presence. We conceived, we had labor pains, but we gave birth to the wind. We have not brought salvation to the land; the inhabitants of a new world have not been born. Your dead will live! Their corpses will rise! Awake and sing, you who lie in the dust! Let your dew fall, O Lord, like a dew of light, and the earth will throw out her dead.

Gospel: Matthew 11: 28-30
[Jesus said to the crowds,] "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

Reflection:
Coffee break with Jesus: I am very fond of the title for this passage from Matthew, "The Gentle Mastery of Christ." It captures the very essence of how I regard my Lord for he knows you and me. He takes the initiative to seek us and reveal himself to us. He waits for us. He understands us. He always invites you and me to have coffee breaks with him. This is the message that enfolds in the Gospel today - "Come, my dear friend, let's have coffee." Although coffee is just the excuse for the break, it is the break that allows us to pause from our being overwhelmed by the pressures of work and the problems of daily living. What makes me love coffee breaks is the notion that I am in the company of a loved one or a friend as I choose to step out from my frenzy and hectic routine or worse from an experience of hurt and burden. Prayer time can be our YES to Jesus' invitation to have a break. We know that we cope better with all the worries and problems of life whenever we choose to spend time with him. Over "cups of coffee", we talk about solutions and strategies. But more than these, the mere presence of our dear Friend journeying with us and telling us that, "My yoke is easy and my burden light," comforts and consoles and brings peace and yes, salvation. Let us enjoy and look forward to our "coffee breaks" with our Lord because he always treats us to "unlimited coffee" - "the coffee" of hope, peace and love.

Prayer Requests:
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation
... for birthday intentions - OP Reyes

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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