Monday, September 12, 2005



SEPTEMBER 13, 2005

1 TIMOTHY 3:1-13
Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an
overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above
reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled,
respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not
violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must
manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with
proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family,
how can he take care of God's church?) He must not be a recent convert,
or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the
devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he
will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap. Deacons,
likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in
much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the
deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be
tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as
deacons. In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of
respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in
everything. A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must
manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well
gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ

LUKE 7:11-17
Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and
a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a
dead person was being carried out--the only son of his mother, and she
was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the
Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry." Then
he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still.
He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!" The dead man sat up and
began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. They were all
filled with awe and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among
us," they said. "God has come to help his people." This news about
Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

In the bible, we read that Jesus grants miracles to those who
demonstrate faith. He cures the sick slave in yesterday's Gospel after
the centurion declared his faith in Jesus' power to heal. But in
today's Gospel passage, Jesus does not ask the widow if she has faith
in Him before he raised her son. Jesus is simply moved by pity and
brings the son back from the dead.

Whereas in many of the readings we see how Jesus teaches with his
miracles, today He simply shows us human compassion. It is a reminder
that: as Jesus is the Son of God, Jesus came down as one of us, with
all the emotions that accompany with being human.

We can only imagine what the widow must have felt when she saw her son
alive and well again. It must have been indeed a joyous scene.

Today, let us feel the joy of having Jesus as our friend, a companion
of unconditional love ready to heal us when we feel depressed, unhappy
or hurt. All we have to do is allow Him into our hearts.

"Lord, your presence brings life and restores us to wholeness of mind,
body, and spirit. Speak your word to me and give me renewed hope,
strength and courage to follow you in all things and to eagerly serve
others with a glad and generous heart."

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the special intentions of George & Carolina Wee & Family.
- for the special intentions of Miko Peña.
- for the enlightenment of Patrick Batallones.
- in thanksgiving and for the personal intentions of Soter Pobari
- for the speedy recovery of Annika Nadine Uy.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of the mother of Sr. Annal and
Father Amalan. Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light
shine upon her. May she rest in peace.
- for the speedy recovery of Theresa
- for the speedy recovery and well-being of John.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Jun Ambas. Eternal rest grant
unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Tom Balagot Eternal rest grant
unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of father of John Lesaca. Eternal
rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest
in peace.
- In Memoriam: Eladio Ch. Rubio
- for the speedy recovery of Marife.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Analyne Cu Acero
- Birthday: Bing Courtney
- In Memoriam: Charlie Chongson Jr. (1954 - 1975)
- 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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