Tuesday, August 30, 2005



AUGUST 31, 2005

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our
brother, to the holy ones and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ
in Colossae: grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always
give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray
for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love
that you have for all the holy ones because of the hope reserved for
you in heaven. Of this you have already heard through the word of
truth, the Gospel, that has come to you. Just as in the whole world it
is bearing fruit and growing, so also among you, from the day you heard
it and came to know the grace of God in truth, as you learned it from
Epaphras our beloved fellow slave, who is a trustworthy minister of
Christ on your behalf and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

LUKE 4:38-44
After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon's mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they
interceded with him about her. He stood over her, rebuked the fever,
and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them. At sunset,
all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He
laid his hands on each of them and cured them. And demons also came out
from many, shouting, "You are the Son of God." But he rebuked them and
did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.
At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went
looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, "To
the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of
God, because for this purpose I have been sent." And he was preaching
in the synagogues of Judea.

"The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried
to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, "To the other
towns also I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because
for this purpose I have been sent."

The reaction of the people to Jesus healing their neighbors and fellow
villagers was expected. If a very holy man, who is also a great healer
appears in our neighborhood and heals many of our friends from their
physical, psychological and spiritual illnesses, what would be our
reaction be if find out that he had left for an unknown place? Perhaps
like most people, we would go out and look for him. It's like looking
for a lost treasure, which we recently discovered and found. Finding
this treasure, are we willing to hare it with others?

During Luke's time, getting sick was a sign of God's displeasure. Those
who are sick and afflicted are considered to have sinned. Aside from
suffering physical discomfort, sick people also suffered
psychologically because of their perception of being unloved and
punished by God. Jesus came down on earth for the sake of the poor and
the suffering. Remembering his proclamation at the synagogue in
Nazareth at the book of Isaiah: ... the blind see, the lame walk,
freedom to captives ... perhaps it helps us to understand the reason
Luke narrated this incident in today's gospel. Surely, Jesus'
presence among the people made them feel that in Jesus, God's favor was
with them. Who then would like this favor to cease?

Jesus came to proclaim the good news. Luke would like all of us to
realize that our treasure - Jesus through the gospel - should not be
kept for our own personal consolation. Rather, it should be shared
with others. As we continue to reflect on today's readings, let us ask
ourselves: in our daily lives, do we share the good news through our
words and deeds with those who may need them?

Our Father in heaven, we praise you for your glory, as seen in the
splendor of your continuing creation. We thank you for your gift.
Forgive us for our failure to share Jesus with others. Give us the
grace to have courage and strength to share Jesus with those we
encounter in all that we do and say. We ask this in Jesus Name. Amen.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the personal intentions of Jane Figuerres-Guillermo.
- for the good health & special intentions of Elsa & Paolo.
- for the special intentions of Donna.
- for the personal intentions of Twink Beldia Palacio.
- for the personal intentions of Wayne, Nadine and Noah.
- for the prayer intentions of Julie D., Precy C., John C., Susie C.,
Tessie T., Jackie C.and Tita C.
- for the personal intentions of Carol Yap and Heidi.
- for guidance and enlightenment of Willy Q. Tee Ten.
- for the speedy recovery of Kristina.
- for the special intentions of Karlo Eliezer and Krisha.
- for the personal intentions of Maria Karen and Louie.
- for the special intentions of Leiko, Josie and Beth.
- for guidance of Andrew and Bryan Noah.
- for financial & job stability & personal intentions of Richie & Joain
- for Alex and Reggie to have a stable job.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Didi Villegas
- 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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