Monday, September 05, 2005




Brothers and sisters: As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in
him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as
you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one
captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to the
tradition of men, according to the elemental powers of the world and
not according to Christ. For in him dwells the whole fullness of the
deity bodily, and you share in this fullness in him, who is the head of
every principality and power. In him you were also circumcised with a
circumcision not administered by hand, by stripping off the
carnal body, with the circumcision of Christ. You were buried with him
in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the
power of God, who raised him from the dead. And even when you were dead
in transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he brought you
to life along with him, having forgiven us all our transgressions;
obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims, which was
opposed to us, he also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the
cross; despoiling the principalities and the powers, he made a public
spectacle of them, leading them away in
triumph by it.

LUKE 6:12-19
Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in
prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and
from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he
named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a
Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a
traitor. And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level
ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people
from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon
came to hear him and to be healed of their
diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were
cured. Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came
forth from him and healed them all.

In today's gospel, Jesus calls the Twelve Apostles. The men he chooses
do not come with impressive credentials, rather all are ordinary men.
Just imagine if Jesus is with us today and chose individuals whom we
hardly know or have an impressive resume. We can just imagine the
reactions of many if Jesus bypassed the cardinals, bishops, and the
most generous and popular politicians, in favor of simple folks, i.e.
fishermen, farmers, vendors, and even a BIR tax collector!

But that is what Jesus does when he selected the Twelve. He chose
twelve ordinary obscure men to be the foundation of the Church. One
was an unpopular tax collector who would eventually become one of the
four evangelists. One would become the first Pope. Each (except Judas
the traitor) would travel to the far corners of the Roman Empire to
introduce the Good News to Jews and Gentiles alike. From these men,
the Church would grow into millions of faithful from all over the

We therefore cannot excuse ourselves as being unqualified or too
obscure with our own mission as Christians. The responsibilities of
Christianity may indeed be formidable. But if the Apostles can
transform themselves from being ordinary individuals to become
dedicated missionaries who changes the course of history, then so can

St. Paul in his letter to the Colossians reminds us that we "were
buried with Him in baptism, in which [we] are also raised with Him
through faith in the power of God. And even when [we] were dead ... He
brought [us] to life along with Him." Christ chose us to be His
followers. But we are not alone. He is there with us all the way.

"Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Son of God and the Savior of the world.
Inflame my heart with a burning love for you and with an expectant
faith in your saving power. Take my life and all that I have as an
offering of love for you, who are my All."

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the victims of the hurricane Katrina.
- for the speedy recovery of Pacita Ocampo.
- for all the victims of hurricane Katrina.
- healings for Judy, Rich, Pat S, Melinda, Nathan, Mary, Anne, Von &
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Jeremy Lim
- Birthday: Lily Sim
- Birthday: Rafael Aloysius Millar Dayrit
- Wedding Anniversary: Luisa & Carlos Cheng
- 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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