Sunday, July 02, 2006
Memorial, St. Thomas, apostle
July 3, 2006
Memorial, St. Thomas, apostle
Monday 13th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but
you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household
of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with
Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure
is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you
also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus
came. So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord." But
Thomas said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I
will not believe." Now a week later his disciples were again inside and
Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and
stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to
Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and
put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe." Thomas
answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him,
"Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those
who have not seen and have believed."
We tend to look at things in our own personal point of view. In the
letter of Paul to the Ephesians, we are reminded to appreciate the
greatest gift that God had given us - God accepted us, we of whom were
not part of his initially chosen people, into his family. What can we
do to build a dwelling place within ourselves for God's spirit to grow
Just like Thomas, all of us have our personal spiritual doubts. Some of
us may be searching for some kind of spiritual "proof." But what kind
of "proof" are we looking for? Is it a belief "that if it works - then
it must be true" especially if it was experienced firsthand? Or is it a
"leap of faith" or "leap in the dark"? Or is our belief on the point
that "since there was past evidence, then it makes sense"?
The Gospel today reminds us to pause and reflect on the evidences in
our daily lives that come from our belief and trust in Jesus Christ.
Could these evidences have been shown within us as a result of
experiencing and reflecting on God's Words, finding it easier to show
love and concern to others and the need to share our faith with them?
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the continued recovery of Aida.
- for the speedy recovery of Cadio.
- for the speedy recovery of Ben de Jesus.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Hermelinda Dizon. 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 Nelia Acosta. 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 speedy and full recovery of the Mom of Gay.
- for the personal intentions of RR.
- for the continued recovery of Tito Cale.
- for the personal intentions of Fely,
- for the personal intentions of JR.
- for the early recovery of Deng de Leon and Elen.
- for the speedy recovery of Felicitas Simeon.
- for guidance and discernment of Nitz.
- for the speedy recovery of Ding Vidanes.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam (+): Ramon Yu
- In Memoriam (+): Co King Peng
- 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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