Wednesday, August 24, 2005



AUGUST 25, 2005

We have been reassured about you, brothers and sisters, in our every
distress and affliction, through your faith. For we now live, if you
stand firm in the Lord. What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God
for you, for all the joy we feel on your account before our God? Night
and day we pray beyond measure to see you in person and to remedy the
deficiencies of your faith. Now may God himself, our Father, and our
Lord Jesus direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase
and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for
you, so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness
before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his
holy ones. Amen.

MATTHEW 24:42-51
Jesus said to his disciples: "Stay awake! For you do not know on which
day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have
stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also
must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will
come. "Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master
has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at
the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival
finds doing so. Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all
his property. But if that wicked servant says to himself, 'My master is
long delayed,' and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and
drink with drunkards, the servant's master will come on an unexpected
day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him
a place with the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding
of teeth."

Reflecting on the first reading, Paul's love for those he introduced to
the Christian Way, was one of the main factors that contributed to his
success as a preacher.

In the midst of the trials and afflictions he suffered in Corinth, Paul
confesses to the Thessalonians that he finds consolation in their
faith. So true is this, he says, that he will continue to survive and
flourish only if they remain firm in their faith. Paul's love was so
strong for these people that his happiness and life were connected
exclusively with their faith and in their love for the Lord Jesus.

Paul speaks a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the glorious joy this
recently founded Church has given him. He begs the Father to speed his
path toward them so that he may rejoice in their faith and remedy any
shortcomings that might still be there.

Some years ago there was a popular song that said, "A bell is no bell
till you ring it; a song is no song till you sing it; love in your
heart wasn't put there to stay; love isn't love till you give it away."
Faith in Jesus is not merely a matter of rational conviction. It is
also a profound response of the human heart to the extraordinary
goodness one finds in God. Faith in Jesus flows from the love for him.

Paul's experience of Jesus' love while on the road to Damascus was so
overwhelming that the rest of his life was a profound response of his
heart. He shared the love he found in Jesus with everyone he met.

"Lord, you have captured my heart for you. Make it strong in faith,
steadfast in hope, and generous in love that I may seek to please you
in all things and bring you glory. Keep me ever watchful for the coming
of your kingdom."

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the speedy recovery of Erlinda.
- for the speedy recovery and safekeeping of Martin Allen Kunz.
- for the personal intentions of Jane Figuerres-Guillermo.
- for the safe travel of Lydia and JP
- for the personal intentions of the Pe Family
- for God's healing and special intention of Donna V.
- for the special intentions of Evangelyn.
- for the personal intentions of Revilyn.
- for the speedy recovery of Alice Tan.
- for the speedy recovery of Fr. Santiago Leon, S.J.
- for the speedy recovery of Fr. Maximo Barbero, S.J.
- for the personal intentions of Charina.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Buddy Gomez, may perpetual
light shine upon him
- for strength and comfort to Dina, Allan, Gian, and Monique Gomez in
their hour of bereavement
- for the peaceful repose of the soul of Patrick McDonnell.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Gregory Thomas Chua
- 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.

Have a good day!

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