Tuesday, January 03, 2006



JANUARY 4, 2006

1 JOHN 3:7-10
Children, let no one deceive you. The person who acts in
righteousness is righteous, just as he is righteous. Whoever sins
belongs to the Devil, because the Devil has sinned from the
beginning. Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works
of the Devil. No one who is begotten by God commits sin, because
God's seed remains in him; he cannot sin because he is begotten by
God. In this way, the children of God and the children of the Devil
are made plain; no one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to
God, nor anyone who does not love his brother.

JOHN 1:35-42
John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus
walk by, he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God." The two disciples heard
what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following
him and said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to
him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where are you
staying?" He said to them, "Come, and you will see." So they went
and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It
was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found
his own brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah,"
which is translated Christ. Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus
looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John; you will be
called Cephas," which is translated Peter.

We all have a vocation, a call to become more than what we are. As
Christians, God calls us to become his disciples and to spread the
Good News.

A calling may not be the same from one person to the next. St. John
the Baptist, for example, was called to prepare the way for the
Lord's coming. And we read in today's reading, that even as he
accomplished his calling, he also points the way for others to
follow Jesus. Andrew and Peter are among the first disciples of
Jesus who answer God's calling with John's help. Jesus guides them
as disciples, and later in their own lives, Sts. Andrew and Peter
become great missionaries of Christ.

Some of us may think that a vocation is a calling for one to become
priests or nuns. Rather, a vocation is a calling for us to fulfill
the talents and skills God has given us not only for His glory but
also to bring the rest of humanity closer to Him. When we do not
take our vocation seriously, it is akin to not taking our own gifts

Perhaps some of us may find it difficult to define our vocation or
to develop our skills and talents in pursuit of our vocation.
Usually this happens because perhaps we have forgotten that the
fulfillment of our calling requires us to working side by side with
Jesus. Jesus is our superior, coach, mentor, and pillar of

Let us work with our Lord Jesus in making our vocations a reality
and an achievement that will benefit not just ourselves but also
those around us.

"Lord Jesus Christ, fill me with the power of your Holy Spirit and
let me grow in the knowledge of your love and truth. Let your Spirit
be aflame in my heart that I may know and love you more fervently
and strive to do your will in all things."

We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the enlightenment and conversion of Armando.
- In Thanksgiving: Lydia
- for blessings, protection and good health of the Pe Family
- for the speedy recovery and well-being of Agripina Franco
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Betty Roxas-Chua Yao.
Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her.
May she and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Lorenza Averilla Montesines.
Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her.
May she and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- In thanksgiving: Balingit's family.
- In Thanksgiving for Rikit Navarro's recovery and personal prayers
- for the continued speedy recovery of Mike Torres.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Joel Felipe Davis. Eternal
rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon her. May he
and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- In Thanksgiving for Raymund and Cris answered personal prayers.
- In Thanksgiving for Parke, Tracy, Jade, and Donna's safe travel
back to the Philippines.
- In Thanksgiving for Raymund Davis' recovery and personal prayers
- for the early recovery of Felipe Davis.
- for the personal intentions of Marlon Llamas.
- for the speedy recovery and well-being of Annika.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Ashley Nicole Q. Sia
- Wedding Anniversary: James & Gloria Yu
- 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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