Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Thursday 21st Week in Ordinary Time

August 30, 2007
Thursday 21st Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

We have been reassured about you, brothers and sisters, in our every
distress and affliction, through your faith. For we now live, if you
stand firm in the Lord. What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God
for you, for all the joy we feel on your account before our God? Night
and day we pray beyond measure to see you in person and to remedy the
deficiencies of your faith. Now may God himself, our Father, and our
Lord Jesus direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase
and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for
you, so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness
before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his
holy ones. Amen.

MATTHEW 24:42-51
Jesus said to his disciples: "Stay awake! For you do not know on which
day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have
stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also
must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man
will come. "Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the
master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their
food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on
his arrival finds doing so. Amen, I say to you, he will put him in
charge of all his property. But if that wicked servant says to
himself, 'My master is long delayed,' and begins to beat his fellow
servants, and eat and drink with drunkards, the servant's master will
come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him
severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will
be wailing and grinding of teeth."

Jesus and his apostle Paul remind us that no issue or problem can be
settled independently of religion. Religion speaks most of all about
the day your Lord is coming. Paul does not want the Thessalonians to
be simply morally blameless, not even holy in appearance, but clearly
blameless and holy before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ with all his holy ones.

Today the scriptures ask us to be practical and diligent; to be men
and women of vision and moral perspective. Most of all, the scriptures
ask us to be prayerful and, personally aware of the continuous,
surprising coming of Jesus in the events of everyday life. Each new
coming of Jesus into our lives brings its own happiness and offers a
pledge of our final invitation to be one day with him in his heavenly
home. So let us always be ready and alert.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Danilo Casumpang
- Damaso Guevara
- Julie Manzon, Delly David, Charlie Castro
... for the personal intentions of:
- Guevara Family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Glenn Manzon, Jerico Ureta
- Roger Ramos, Nerissa Ramos, Jose Rigor and Ma. Fatima
- Matet Rey
- Raffy
- Nor and Malou
- Marasigan and Gonzales family
- Jasmin
... In Thanksgiving:
- Manzon Family
- Bonsol Family
... Safe travel: Jennette
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Edgardo Diama
- Domingo Barayoga Sr, Lourdes Barayoga
- Donato, Maria, Candido, Alfonso, Alfonsa, Isidora, Jovita
- Ramona Hollmann
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
... 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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