Monday, September 19, 2005



SEPTEMBER 20, 2005

EZRA 6:7-8, 12B, 14-20
King Darius issued an order to the officials of West-of-
Euphrates: "Let the governor and the elders of the Jews continue the
work on that house of God; they are to rebuild it on its former site. I
also issue this decree concerning your dealing with these elders of the
Jews in the rebuilding of that house of God: From the royal revenue,
the taxes of West-of-Euphrates, let these men be repaid for their
expenses, in full and without delay. I, Darius, have issued this
decree; let it be carefully executed." The elders of the Jews
continued to make progress in the building, supported by the message of
the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, son of Iddo. They finished the
building according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees
of Cyrus and Darius and of Artaxerxes, king of Persia. They completed
this house on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the
reign of King Darius. The children of Israel-priests, Levites, and
the other returned exiles- celebrated the dedication of this house of
God with joy. For the dedication of this house of God, they offered one
hundred bulls, two hundred rams, and four hundred lambs, together with
twelve he-goats as a sin-offering for all Israel, in keeping with the
number of the tribes of Israel. Finally, they set up the priests in
their classes and the Levites in their divisions for the service of God
in Jerusalem, as is prescribed in the book of Moses. The exiles kept
the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month. The Levites,
every one of whom had purified himself for the occasion, sacrificed the
Passover for the rest of the exiles, for their brethren the priests,
and for themselves.

LUKE 8:19-21
The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him but were unable to
join him because of the crowd. He was told, "Your mother and your
brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you." He said to
them in reply, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word
of God and act on it."

Jesus has been busy with his ministry and it's possible that His mother
and brothers have not seen Him for some time. The brothers of Jesus
mentioned in the gospel may probably not be his siblings but his
cousins or male relatives who are accompanying and taking care of his
mother. We may also speculate that his mother and brothers may have
traveled some distance to find Him.

But instead of a welcome or a positive response, Jesus replies "my
mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it."
Jesus implies that his family is not only the ones waiting to see him,
but also the ones who hear and understand his teachings.

The life led by a Christian can be difficult for some people to
understand. This can apply to all families in many regions of the
world, but perhaps most especially in Asia where parents may find it
difficult to accept their children entering the Catholic religious
life. Even the idea of a family praying together is not easy to do,
especially when there are still family members from the older
generation who are conservative atheists, believe in other religions,
or are indifferent to Christian teaching.

As Catholics, we are given the mission to spread the Good News. Perhaps
a good place to start is within our own homes and with our loved ones.
Let us pray that we will have the drive, motivation and patience to
become examples of Christian love to our families and continue to
welcome Christ in our hearts and homes.

"Heavenly Father, you are the source of all true friendship and love.
In all my relationships, may your love be my constant guide for
choosing what is good and for rejecting what is contrary to your will."

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- healings for Sr Mary David & her mother, Helena, Cindy, Angie's mom,
George & Ann.
- for the speedy recovery of Maria Alyssa Martina.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Clehenia San Juan. Eternal
rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she
rest in peace.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Wedding Anniversary: Grace & Charles Ng
- In Memoriam: Ralph & Felicidad C. Nubla
- for the speedy recovery of Reggie and his Mom, and for my personal
- for the intentions of Foil Mclaughlin and his family.
- 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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