Friday, September 30, 2005



OCTOBER 1, 2005

BARUCH 4:5-12, 27-29
Fear not, my people! Remember, Israel, You were sold to the nations not
for your destruction; It was because you angered God that you were
handed over to your foes. For you provoked your Maker with sacrifices
to demons, to no-gods; You forsook the Eternal God who nourished you,
and you grieved Jerusalem who fostered you. She indeed saw coming upon
you the anger of God; and she said: "Hear, you neighbors of Zion! God
has brought great mourning upon me, For I have seen the captivity that
the Eternal God has brought upon my sons and daughters. With joy I
fostered them; but with mourning and lament I let them go. Let no one
gloat over me, a widow, bereft of many: For the sins of my children I
am left desolate, because they turned from the law of God. Fear not,
my children; call out to God! He who brought this upon you will
remember you. As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God, turn
now ten times the more to seek him; For he who has brought disaster
upon you will, in saving you, bring you back enduring joy."

LUKE 10:17-24
The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, "Lord,
even the demons are subject to us because of your name." Jesus said, "I
have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have
given you the power `to tread upon serpents' and scorpions and upon the
full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not
rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because
your names are written in heaven." At that very moment he rejoiced in
the Holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven
and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and
the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such
has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by
my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the
Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal
him." Turning to the disciples in private he said, "Blessed are the
eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings
desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you
hear, but did not hear it."

Study and scholarship will accomplish little without the gift of the
Spirit, who supernaturally teaches the truths of God. God the Father
actually hides his truth from the proud scholar, while he chooses to
reveal mystical secrets of heaven to humble children. And this is the
difference: "Knowledge inflates, love builds."

Because of this humble and childlike faith, the disciples did great
things in Jesus' name. They exclaim: "Master, even the demons are
subject to us in your name." Jesus told them to cure the sick and to
preach, and they took him at his word. Jesus said it, they believed it,
and that settled it. Because of this simple acceptance of Jesus' words,
great miracles were worked through simple men of humble upbringing.

But Jesus warns them not to rejoice that they worked miracles, but to
rejoice because their names were written in heaven. It is not enough to
work miracles in Jesus' name. We must know him intimately that we
develop a personal relationship with him. Because he is in heaven, so
will we now go to be with whom we love and our friend. "In my Father's
house are many dwelling places. I am going to prepare a place for you,
and then I shall come back to take you with me, that where I am you
also may be."

Do we really know Jesus? Is our knowledge of Jesus just lot of
religious information, or is it personal and loving, bringing
salvation to the dark corners of our lives? Do we take Jesus at his
word or do we muddy the clear waters of the gospel with our human
rationalizations and idolatrous pride? If we want to evangelize for
Jesus, we must first know Jesus. If we want to work miracles in his
name, we must receive him with childlike faiths.

"Lord, give me the child-like simplicity and purity of faith to gaze
upon your face with joy and confidence in your all-merciful love.
Remove every doubt, fear, and proud thought which would hinder me from
receiving your word with trust and humble submission."

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the speedy recovery of Annika Nadine Uy.
- for the speedy recovery and well-being of Vanessa Nicole Lee Lim.
- for the special intentions of Bro. Nanding.
- for the speedy recovery of Mike Torres.
- for the speedy recovery of Jose L. Carpio.
- for the speedy recovery of Oca Oblefias.
- for the special intentions of Liza Carpio & family.
- for the special intentions of Beny Chua.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- 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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