Friday, January 06, 2006



JANUARY 7, 2006

1 JOHN 5:14-21
And we have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything
according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us
in regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him
for is ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not
deadly, he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is
only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as
deadly sin, about which I do not say that you should pray. All
wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly. We know that
no one begotten by God sins; but the one begotten by God he
protects, and the evil one cannot touch him. We know that we belong
to God, and the whole world is under the power of the evil one. We
also know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment
to know the one who is true. And we are in the one who is true, in
his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Children,
be on your guard against idols.

JOHN 2:1-12
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the
mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited
to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to
him, "They have no wine." (And) Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does
your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said
to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you." Now there were six stone
water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty
to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, "Fill the jars with water." So
they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Draw some out now
and take it to the headwaiter." So they took it. And when the
headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing
where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water
knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to
him, "Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have
drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until
now." Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in
Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to
believe in him. After this, he and his mother, (his) brothers, and
his disciples went down to Capernaum and stayed there only a few

Cana has become a shrine for wedding celebrations thanks to Jesus'
miracle. On another perspective, we can say that the miracle at
Cana symbolizes more of Jesus' value of family. The changing of
water to wine at the wedding at Cana was Jesus' first miracle of his
public ministry. But perhaps the real importance is Jesus' going
out of his way to visit his mother and reuniting with relatives to
share in the wedding celebration.

We've all heard about how the family is under attack. We appreciate
how the Church and her many supporting organizations are trying to
provide families counseling to save broken marriages or resolve

When was the last time did we have an enjoyable and complete reunion
with members of our own family? Because of migration or the
constant lack of time, it seems that the past traditional practice
of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, lolos and lolas coming
together, celebrating together, and even praying together in one
happy annual reunion is now fast becoming a thing of the past.

Let us consider how we can rekindle the ties with the relatives
especially those we have lost contact with. It can start with a
simple e-mail, a nice greeting card, or even a text message of
hello. We know that even a fleeting moment of going out of one's
own way to share even just a little bit of time with those we have
not seen or heard for a long while can reap large benefits of
goodwill and renewed friendship.

"Father, you have revealed your glory in our Lord Jesus Christ. Fill
me with your Holy Spirit that I may bring you glory in all that I do
and say."

We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- In Thanksgiving: Lydia
- for blessings, protection and good health of the Pe Family
- 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.
- for the eternal repose of the souls of Christopher Marrero and
Crispin Sanchez Sr.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Rosario Bautista, Florentina
Sariola and Remegio Sariola Jr. and for healing for the family they had
left behind
- 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 personal intentions of Mary Wong.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Prayer Intention: Prime Spots Inc.
- Wedding Anniversary: Tyrone & Letty Tang
- 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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