Sunday, September 02, 2007




We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those
who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who
have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will
God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are
alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not
precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself, with a
word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet
of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise
first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together
with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall
always be with the Lord. Therefore, console one another with these

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.

The harsh reality of Jesus' Nazareth experience seems a world away
from St. Paul's description of love. "Love is always patient and
kind; it is never jealous, love is never boastful or conceited, it is
never rude or selfish, it does not take offense, and is not resentful.
Love takes no pleasure in other people's sins but delights in the
truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure
whatever comes."

The quality of love "to endure whatever comes" can be seen in Jesus'
whole ministry. Love has a tough program. We know this from
experience. But nothing else can meet rejection with such endurance
and greatness except love. When rejection comes our way, let us do
what Jesus did. Let us meet rejection with love.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Julie Manzon, Delly David, Charlie Castro
- Enrique De Leon Navarro, Eufrocina Mendoza Navarro, Mary Michelline
... for the personal intentions of:
- Glenn & Julie Manzon, Jerico Ureta, Mary Ann Castro, Ma Fe Castro,
Churchill Barayoga, Buddy and Estillita Escamilla, Glenda, Joel Bisco
& family, Pat and Linda Manzon.
- Matet Rey
- Rafael
- Rosemarie Reyes
... In Thanksgiving:
- Manzon family, Barayoga family, Ureta family
- Gascon family
... Safe travel: Jennette
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ramona Hollmann
- Domingo Barayoga Sr, Lourdes Barayoga, Allan Escamilla, Janet
- Remberto, Estrella, Danilo and Florence
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.
- Birthday: Bernadette C. de Jesus
- Birthday: Patricia Ysabelle Villegas
- Wedding Anniversary: Louie & Liza Bate
- In Memoriam (+): Andres Son Keng Po
... 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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