Sunday, September 03, 2006




When I came to you, brothers and sisters, proclaiming the mystery of
God, I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom. For I
resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ,
and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear and much
trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with
persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and
power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the
power of God.

LUKE 4:16-30
Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to
his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to
read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the
scroll and found the passage where it was written: The Spirit of
the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad
tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. Rolling up the
scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the
eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to
them, "Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."
And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words
that came from his mouth. They also asked, "Is this not the son of
Joseph?" He said to them, "Surely you will quote me this
proverb, `Physician, cure yourself,' and say, `Do here in your
native place the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.'" And
he said, "Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own
native place. Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel
in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three and a half
years and a severe famine spread over the entire land. It was to
none of these that Elijah was sent, but only to a widow in Zarephath
in the land of Sidon. Again, there were many lepers in Israel during
the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed,
but only Naaman the Syrian." When the people in the synagogue heard
this, they were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of
the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town
had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But he passed through the
midst of them and went away.

Someone once asked Dom Helder Camara, Archbishop of Reciffe in
Brazil, "Is it hard being a prophet and being a prophet in one's own
country?" Dom Helder replied that the word "prophet" is used in too
narrow a sense, as though "the Lord only charged a small number of
people with the responsibility of being one. Whereas we all as
members of the Church have a prophetic mission." It's true isn't

Every person baptized in the baptismal ceremony is anointed a
prophet, as was Christ. Each of us is anointed, as Dom Helder puts
it, "to lend the Lord's voice to those who have no voice, to do
exactly what Christ, when reading from Isaiah, declared his own
personal mission to be, `the Lord God has sent me to bring good news
to the poor, to open their eyes and set them free.' This," he
said, "has always been the Church's mission."

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Rollie Estrada. Eternal
rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he
and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- Birthday: Cesca Aguilar
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Patrick Lawrence Sy
- Birthday: Rosalia C. Kwong
- Wedding Anniversary: Dondi & Aileen Narciso
- 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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