Friday, May 27, 2016

 

Friday, 8th Week in Ordinary Time

27 May 2016
Friday, 8th Week in Ordinary Time  
St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop    
Green.     

1 Pt 4:7 – 13 / Mk 11:11 – 26

St. Augustine of Canterbury (d. 604), a Benedictine monk, was sent by Pope St. Gregory the Great to evangelize England.  He became Primate of England in 601.

From the Gospel Reading: Mk 11:12 – 18a
The next day, when they were leaving Bethany, he felt hungry. In the distance he noticed a fig tree covered with leaves, so he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. Then Jesus said to the fig tree, "May no one ever eat your fruit!" And his disciples heard these words. 

When they reached Jerusalem, Jesus went to the Temple and began to drive away all the people he saw buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the stools of those who sold pigeons. And he would not let anyone carry anything through the Temple area.

Jesus then taught the people, "Does not God say in the Scriptures: My house will be called a House of Prayer for all the nations? But you have turned it into a den of thieves." The chief priests and the teachers of the Law heard of this, and they tried to find a way to destroy him...

Reflection
There are two kinds of temples. One is the edifice made up of wood or cement, and the other is a living one made up of flesh and blood.  

There are also two kinds of worship.  People go to the temple to offer sacrifices of animals or its equivalent in exchange for favors from the deity.  The other kind is the worship in spirit and truth.   

The Old Testament prophets spoke strongly against offering sacrifices unless they are accompanied by true conversion of the heart.  Their incense is revolting to God because they are made with an idolatrous heart.  Of course, the moneychangers and the dove sellers in the temple are equally to blame for this false worship.  That is why Jesus upset the tables of the money changers and the seats of the dove sellers.  

The Gospel also depicts the situation of our own temple, which is our hearts.  Though we do not offer burnt sacrifices anymore, still we offer religious acts to placate God and to ask for favors from the Lord.  Yet our hearts are really far from Him.  There exists in our hearts other idols, like money, fame, prestige, etc.  But these offerings can never atone for our sins.  

Christians are the new temple of God because they are the Body of Christ in the Church sacrificed in order to do the Father's will.  We are invited not to limit our worship to Sundays only, but to let our worship of God extend to our daily existence, seeking God's will in everything we do.  


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     Jeremiah Pampolina
     Lorenzo Jamora

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
     Hilarion and Lucia Uy

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     Francis S. Tong
     Nicasio Marin, Sr

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, 8th Week in Ordinary

26 May 2016
Thursday, 8th Week in Ordinary
St. Philip Neri, Priest  
Memorial.     White.     

1 Pt 2: 2 - 5, 9 – 12 / Mk 10:  46 – 52   

A Florentine, St. Philip Neri (1515 – 1595) founded the Congregation of the Oratory.

Gospel Reading: Mk 10: 46 - 52 
They came to Jericho.  As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar, Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth passing by, he began to call out. "Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!"  Many people scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he shouted all the louder, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

Jesus stopped and said, "Call him" So they called the blind man saying, "Take heart. Get up, he is calling you." He immediately threw aside his cloak, jumped up and went to Jesus.

Then Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?"  The blind man said, "Master, let me see again!"  And Jesus said to him, "Go your way, your faith has made you well." And immediately he could see. And he followed Jesus along the road.
 
Reflection
"Go your way; your faith has made you well," Jesus said to the blind man Bartimaeus.

What a beautiful thought to know that all it takes to be saved is to believe. Faith is multi-dimensional: to have faith means to believe, to do and to trust.

Through the Gospel reading we see these various dimensions come to life in the cure of the blind man Bartimaeus.  Bartimaeus believes, takes action and trusts.  To believe means to be persistent; he is persistent because he trusts in the one he believes in. 

On that day there were many people in the crowds at Jericho.  Bartimaeus knew what he wanted and so he was persistent. Though others told him to keep quiet, he continued with his pleas to Jesus.  In doing so, Jesus heard him and answered his pleas.  Jesus summons Bartimaeus and cures his blindness.

 We ask ourselves how many times have we persisted in something we believe in?  And what good has our persistence brought to us?  When we say we believe in Jesus, do we truly exhibit this faith in what we do?  We are reminded that faith is believing, doing and trusting: when we are able to have all these three dimensions of genuine faith, then we can say we have faith similar to that of the blind man Bartimaeus.
     
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BIRTHDAY
     Karina Tiu

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, 8th Week in Ordinary Time

25 May 2016
Wednesday, 8th Week in Ordinary Time 
Venerable Bede, Priest and Doctor of the Church;  
St. Gregory VII, Pope; 
St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Religious
Green.  

1 Pt 1:18 – 25 / Mk 10:32 – 45

Venerable Bede (672 – 735), a Benedictine monk, is considered the Father of English History.

Benedictine Pope St. Gregory VII (d 1085) fought against the abuse of lay investiture.

From Florence, St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi (1566 – 1607), a Carmelite nun from age 19, practiced great mortification and worked for the renewal of Church life.
 
From the Gospel Reading: Mk 10: 32b - 40
Once more Jesus took the Twelve aside to tell them what was to happen to him, "You see we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be given over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law. They will condemn him to death and hand him over to the foreigners who will make fun of him, spit on him, scourge him and finally kill him; but three days later he will rise."

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, "Master, we want you to grant us what we are going to ask of you."  And he said, "What do you want me to do for you?"  They answered, "Grant us to sit one at your right and one at your left when you come in your glory."
    
But Jesus said to them, "You don't know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized in the way I am baptized?"  They answered, "We can." And Jesus told them, "The cup that I drink you will drink, and you will be baptized in the way I am baptized.  But to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to grant. It has been prepared for others."
   
Reflection
The Gospel reading is the third prediction of Jesus' passion.  Upon entering Jerusalem, Jesus told the disciples again the inevitable, that he would suffer a great deal. But again, he also assured them of his resurrection after three days.  

We would probably also behave like the disciples of Jesus.  We would be afraid of suffering and hardships. Like James and John, we could hopefully say we can endure whatever in the name of the Lord.

Yet, we should also learn to focus on the Lord's assurance of the resurrection after the suffering and death.  When our faith is stretched and tested during challenging situations, let us focus on the light at the end of the tunnel.  We should be strong and keep focus on Jesus. Yes, we can do it. Yes, we can endure whatever in his name and wit h his help and grace because he has promised to give help, rest and peace to those who are heavily burdened.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     Suzanne Go Kaw

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     Celerino Dy Basilio
     Amelia R. Martin

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, 8th Week in Ordinary Time

24 May 2016
Tuesday, 8th Week in Ordinary Time 
Our Lady of the Wayside 
Green.

1 Pt 1:10 –16 / Mk 10: 28 – 31

Madonna della Strada (Our Lady of the Wayside) is a small shrine just outside Rome which the Society of Jesus received as its first parish.

From the 1st Reading: 1 Pt 1: 13 – 16
So, then, let your spirit be ready.  Be alert, with confident trust in the grace you will receive when Jesus Christ appears. Like obedient children, do not return to your former life given over to ignorance and passions.  Imitate the one who called you.  As he is holy so you, too, be holy in all your conduct, since Scripture says: Be holy for I am holy.'

Gospel Reading: Mk 10: 28 - 31
 Peter spoke up and said, "We have given up everything to follow you." Jesus answered, "Truly, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters, or father or mother, or children, or lands for my sake and for the Gospel, who will not receive his reward. I say to you: even in the midst of persecution he will receive a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and lands in the present time and in the world to come eternal life. Do pay attention: Many who now are first will be last, and the last, first."
   
Reflection?
"We have given up everything to follow you." What does it mean to give up everything?

For some, such as missionaries and religious, it is literally leaving home and family, and even material things, to do the work of God. 

For others, it is giving up what is held dear and familiar, whether it be wealth that one shares with those in need, or status in society by proclaiming and living by one's principles and beliefs despite losing popularity with one's peers.

There are "rewards" for such acts of love, and self-denial, and service. Jesus assures the disciples that the reward of giving up everything to follow Jesus are a hundredfold of whatever one has given up. Certainly our greatest reward is in Heaven, but the peace and joy of living a blessed life of following Christ is a reward in itself. 

Are there some things in my life that I should give up to grow deeper in my knowledge and love of Jesus?


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BIRTHDAY
     Elizabeth Go

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     Henry Choa

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

 

Monday, 8th Week in Ordinary Time

23 May 2016
Monday, 8th Week in Ordinary Time
Green.

1 Pt 1:3 – 9 / Mk 10:17 – 27

From the 1st Reading: 1 Pt 1:3 – 5
Let us praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for his great mercy. In raising Jesus Christ from the dead he has given us new life and a living hope. The inheritance which does not corrupt nor goes bad nor passes away was reserved for you in heaven, since God's power shall keep you faithful until salvation is revealed in the last days.

Gospel Reading: Mk 10:17 - 27
Just as Jesus was setting out on his journey again, a man ran up, knelt before him and asked, "Good Master, what must I do to have eternal life?" 

Jesus answered, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not cheat, honor your father and mother." The man replied, "I have obeyed all these commandments since my childhood." 

Then Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him and he said, "For you, one thing is lacking. Go, sell what you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and follow me." On hearing these words, his face fell and he went away sorrowful, for he was a man of great wealth. 

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!"  The disciples were shocked at these words, but Jesus insisted, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." 

They were more astonished than ever and wondered, "Who, then, can be saved?" Jesus looked steadily at them and said, "For human beings it is impossible, but not for God; all things are possible with God."

Reflection
In the Gospel, we can see Jesus continuing to use ordinary incidents to illustrate the values of the Kingdom. In using the example of the sad but rich young man, he pointed out to his disciples the need of his followers for detachment from what the world usually consider as success. 

However, after twenty centuries of Christianity, material wealth, power and prestige are still very much a measure of success whether in individuals or institutions. 

Reflecting on our own lives, to what degree do our lifestyles conform to the demands of the teaching of our Lord in today's gospel? For laymen, who have to work to support family members but still want to follow Jesus, how can this demand of detachment from material wealth apply, to how we live our lives? Are we still attached to various things in life which may be obstacles to a more intimate relationship with God and hindrances to follow him more closely?

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     Cynthia c. Salud
     Merry Joy Y. Tambasen
     Jeraldine K. Ching

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
     Francis & Andre Acero

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     Jose Ng Tan
     Jose Lorenzo Austria Tan

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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Saturday, May 21, 2016

 

Friday, 7th Week in Ordinary Time

20 May 2016  
Friday, 7th Week in Ordinary Time 
St. Bernardine of Siena, Priest   
Green.         

Jas 5:9 – 12 / Mk 10:1– 12          

St. Bernardine of Siena (1380 – 1444), of the Franciscan Order, spread devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus.

Gospel Reading: Mk 10:1 - 12  
Jesus then left that place and went to the province of Judea, beyond the Jordan River. Once more crowds gathered around him and once more he taught them, as he always did. Some (Pharisees came and) put him to the test with this question, "Is it right for a husband to divorce his wife?" He replied, "What law did Moses give you?" They answered, "Moses allowed us to write a certificate of dismissal in order to divorce."

Then Jesus said to them,   "Moses wrote this law for you, because you are stubborn. But in the beginning of creation God made them male and female, and because of this, man has to leave father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one body. So they are no longer two but one body. Therefore let no one separate what God has joined."

When they were indoors at home, the disciples again asked him about this and he told them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against his wife, and the woman who divorces her husband and marries another also commits adultery."

Reflection
Why is Christian marriage indissoluble?  Why can't spouses divorce?  There seems to be many justifiable grounds for couples to divorce, but why does the Catholic Church not allow it?  

Marriage is a sacrament because the union of husband and wife signifies a deeper reality.  It is not merely a human covenant between two people or a pledge of undying love for one another. The honeymoon stage is short lived when differences appear.  As time passes, terms of endearment between the couple become rare.  Human chemistry fades and so what happens when the spouse becomes an irritant, or even the enemy?  The world offers a quick remedy – separation or divorce.  

But not for the Christian couple because the sacrament is not limited to human love alone but it signifies most specially a divine love, which is the love of Jesus Christ for us.  He loves us unconditionally and this love cannot be destroyed by defects, weaknesses and even infidelities.  Forgiveness and reconciliation renew the broken relationship between spouses.  The vows exchanged by the couple is not what they can achieve with their own strength but what Christ can fulfill in them.  That is why they stay married until death separates them.  The spouses can hurdle any test if Christ is with them in their marriage.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

THANKSGIVING
     Cecilia Lim Yu

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Saturday, 7th Week in Ordinary Time

21 May 2016
Saturday, 7th Week in Ordinary Time 
Sts. Cristobal Magallanes, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs 
Green.     

Jas 5:13 – 20 / Mk 10:13 – 16

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

From the 1st Reading: Jas 5: 13 – 15
Are any among you discouraged?  They should pray.  Are any of you happy?  They should sing songs to God.  If anyone is sick, let him call on the elders of the Church. They shall pray for him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer said in faith will save the sick person; the Lord will raise him up and if he has committed an sins, he will be forgiven.
  
Gospel Reading: Mk 10: 13 – 16
People were bringing their little children to him to have him touch them, and the disciples rebuked them for this.

When Jesus noticed it, he was very angry and said, "Let the children come to me and don't stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." Then he took the children in his arms and laying his hands on them, blessed them.

Reflection
The first reading teaches us about the powerful effect of prayer, healing of the sick and necessity of helping fellow Christians to leave their sins and vices behind.  We are not Christians for ourselves alone.  We cannot say, "I am so holy.  I do everything right.  I am okay na."  No, we are Christians for the other.  We are called to be concerned for others, to pray for others, to guide the wayward, to correct the stubborn and those falling into serious sins.  We are Christians not for ourselves but for others.

In the Gospel, we are told to be like little children welcoming the kingdom of God.  This means to be always seeking God and trying to please Him as a child looks for his parents and wants always to be in their good graces.  To be a child of God, we must love God, talk to Him every day, pray to Him, ask for His advice, say thank you to Him for our blessings, etc.  

In a word, we must love Him with all our heart, all our mind and all our strength.  Then to show how much we love our Father, we must love our neighbor because this is what God wants us to do.  If we want to be like our Father, we will endeavor to be a loving person who is responsible, generous, takes care of family members, helps the poor and downtrodden, fights the arrogant with kindness and firmness, etc.  If we do all these, Jesus will surely bless all our undertakings.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     Bea Yeh Tan
     Dada M. Del Carmen
     Lofreda M. Del Carmen
     Carl Joseph Dy Siy

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
     George & Evelyn Wong
     Nam & Cecille J. Le

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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Thursday, 7th Week in Ordinary Time

19 May 2016
Thursday, 7th Week in Ordinary Time 
White.   

Jas 5:1 – 6 / Mk 9: 41 – 50

From the Gospel Reading: Mk 9:41- 49 
Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone gives you a drink of water because you belong to Christ and bear his name, truly, I say to you, he will not go without reward.

"If anyone should cause one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble and sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a great millstone around his neck.  If our hand makes you fall into sin, cut it off!  It is better for you to enter life without a hand than with two hands to go to hell, to the fire that never goes out.  And if your foot makes you fall into sin, cut if off!  It is better for you to enter life without a foot than with both feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye makes you fall into sin, tear it out!  It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than, keeping both eyes, to be thrown into hell, where the worms that eat them ever die, and the fire never goes out. The fire itself will preserve them."

Reflection
In today's modern and busy world, few people have time to sit down, be quiet and reflect. In today's Gospel reading the Lord reminds us to reflect on our lives:  which aspects of my life truly contribute to my being a good Christian, a good follower of Christ?  What are my habits and hobbies?   Do these make me a better neighbor to others and, in doing so, do they make me a better Christian?

Jesus says, "If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off."  Of course, we know that Jesus does not wish us to take his words literally.   His goal is to stress his point and emphasize the importance of living lives free of sin. His saying tells us, whatever it is in your life which causes you to sin, cut it off; get rid of it.

This is also a reflection on the true meaning of our life.   We busy ourselves with many things and at times (often?) fail to realize that many or most of our concerns do not really matter.  We are reminded that our life is be lived not only for ourselves but also for others.  And in living lives for others, we effectively live lives for God, lives filled with generosity, kindness and genuine care for others.
     

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     Gregorio A. Kaw

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     Bob Artadi

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, 7TH Week in Ordinary Time

16 May 2016
Monday, 7TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Andrew Bobola, Priest and Martyr
Memorial.   Red.     

Jas 3:13 –18 / Mk 9:14 – 29

St. Andrew Bobola (1591 – 1657), a Jesuit traveling missionary, was viciously murdered by Cossacks in Poland.

From the Gospel Reading: Mk 9: 16 - 29
Jesus asked, "What are you arguing about with them?" A man answered him from the crowd, "Master, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit, deaf and mute. 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 deaf 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 the hand and lifted him and the boy stood up.  

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
Today's Gospel account of the healing of a boy possessed by an unclean spirit teaches us two very important truths.
 
The first is that faith is not just a one-time decision or event. In the case of the boy's father, his little faith had to grow into total trust in Jesus. He must have known of the healing miracles performed by our Lord. That was the reason he brought his son to him. However, the words he used in his initial request to Jesus showed that he was not very sure that Jesus could heal his son. Acknowledging his little faith, he also asked for the grace of a deeper faith that Jesus could heal his son. 

Do we pray with full expectation that the Lord who knows and always wants to give what is best for us will surely answer our prayers? 

The second reality is that all healing has its origin in God. All of us are merely instruments of the healing love of God. When Jesus told his disciples that only prayer could drive out the unclean spirit, he was reminding them that in their ministry to the sick, they were just instruments of the healing power of God. For those of us called to the health-care profession or healing ministry, using our God-given talents and learned skills or knowledge in ministering to the sick, are we always aware of this reality?

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     Lida P. Garcia
     Wilfredo 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. 

Have a good day!

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Wednesday, 7th Week in Ordinary Time

18 May 2016     
Wednesday, 7th Week in Ordinary Time 
St. John I, Pope and Martyr
Green.        

Jas 4:1–17 / Mk 9:38– 40

St. John I (d 526), elected Pope in 523, was the first Pontiff to visit Constantinople; he worked to restore unity in the Church after the Acacian Schism (482 – 519).

From the 1st Reading: Jas 4: 11
Brothers and sisters, do not criticize one another, anyone who speaks against or condemns another, speaks against the Law and condemns the Law.  If, however, you condemn the Law, you are no longer an observer of the Law but a judge of it.  There is only one lawgiver and one judge: he has the power to save or condemn. So you, who are you to judge your neighbor?

Gospel Reading: Mk 9: 38 – 40
John said to him, "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 the Gospel reading, Jesus confirms the power of our faith in his Name.   Yes, even if there may be various standards and other ways to do it, in the end, our overall goal draws us toward Jesus and to honor his Name.   

In some sense, like preparing for a marathon or a race, an athlete has many options available and can choose his specific training plan for the race.   Today, athletes that are given this buffet of training plans must decide on a certain path. Whatever is chosen, the preparedness for that race must be pursued. 

In whatever way we discern to follow in his Name, we need to also adhere to the training plan he has given to us so that we all can finish the race set before us. We need to be prepared by his grace. Others may have their own way, but our common goal is that we all race to bring honor to his name.

Jesus, we thank you for the abundance of blessings and teachings we receive each day and we are glad everything is for the glory of your Name. Keep us strong and help us finish the mission you have planned out for our lives. May we always run and live for your greater glory, O Lord.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     Marian Araneta

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     Dionisio Chua Kang Hay (May 15, 1928 – May 18, 2011)

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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