Thursday, September 15, 2005



SEPTEMBER 16, 2005

1 TIMOTHY 6:2C-12
Beloved: Teach and urge these things. Whoever teaches something
different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus
Christ and the religious teaching is conceited, understanding nothing,
and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From
these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction
among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth,
supposing religion to be a means of gain. Indeed, religion with
contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world,
just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it. If we have
food and clothing, we shall be content with that. Those who want to be
rich are falling into temptation and into a trap and into many foolish
and harmful desires, which plunge them into ruin and destruction. For
the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their
desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves
with many pains. But you, man of God, avoid all this. Instead, pursue
righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete
well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called
when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses.

LUKE 8:1-3
Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and
proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were
the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and
infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone
out, Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and many
others who provided for them out of their resources.

St. Paul is wrapping up his letter to Timothy by advising him to avoid
the temptation of material things and using religion as "a means of
gain," but instead "pursue righteousness, devotion faith, love,
patience, and gentleness."

The women who follow Jesus in today's Gospel passage illustrate this
advice from St. Paul. They were devoted, faithful and "provided for
Jesus and the Twelve out of their resources." We can read between the
lines that they journeyed in love for Christ through towns and
villages, obviously with patience and likely with gentleness to those
they met.

It is a pleasant surprise that Jesus not only welcomed women but also
placed them in the forefront of proclaiming the Good News to all.
Women have been instrumental in gaining converts for the early
Christian Church, have suffered just as much as men as martyrs, and
have been just as responsive to religious vocation. We have all these
to thank in Jesus who accepted women as equals among men in His
mystical Body, the Church.

But as women have struggled probably much harder than men throughout
history to demonstrate their equal potential, let us pray that the
Church will not only sustain but also continue to find ways to improve
the role of women in our Christian communities.

"Lord, set my heart on fire for you that I may give freely of the
gifts, talents, and resources you give me, for your sake and for the
work of the gospel."

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.
- for the speedy recovery of Marife.
- In Thanksgiving: Bro. Nanding.
- for the intentions of Foil Mclaughlin and his family
- for the healing of my sister Jacqueline who is having a delicate
- for the continued good growth of our son Ethan Jedd, healing of his
asthma and respiratory problems..
- for my wife and our little angle in her for a good health
- Birthday: Al Brian F. Yap
- for the speedy recovery of Annika Nadine Uy.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Lucia Uy
- Wedding Anniversary: Vincent & Chia Sui Lim
- 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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