Thursday, September 06, 2007
Friday 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Friday 22nd Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Brothers and sisters: Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in
heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or
dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through
him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold
together. He is the head of the Body, the Church. He is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be
preeminent. For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and
through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the Blood
of his cross through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.
The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, "The disciples of John the
Baptist fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the
Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink." Jesus answered them,
"Can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with
them? But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away
from them, then they will fast in those days." And he also told them a
parable. "No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one.
Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it will not match
the old cloak. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled,
and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into
fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires
new, for he says, 'The old is good.'"
We send messages and influence others by how we act and what we use.
As Christians we are all called to be advertisement billboards for
Christ. Now what does it mean to be a letter of advertisement for
Unlike the employees of a company, we do not settle merely for
external patches. God's letter writing begins in the heart and spirit.
The new covenant is one in which the heart of stone becomes flesh.
This does not mean that we have no external signs and symbols. These
are important. However, to be a real letter of advertisement for
Christ means that our internal desires conform with our behavior as
new creature in Christ. Our acts of charity and prayer are done so
that our heavenly Father may be praised. We are the new wineskins into
which the new wine has been poured. We are not a letter of gloom. We
are a letter of joy and celebration. Jesus has won the ultimate
victory over sin and death. People must in joy of the outpouring of
the Spirit. It is so easy for us to forget who we are.
God knows us by name and calls us in personal love. We in turn should
be God's letters to our fellowmen telling the how much he loves them
and cares for them. Each day, by every little thing that we say and
do, we go about proclaiming God's goodness and telling of his wonders.
This is so if really believe that we are letters of Jesus Christ. We
speak a message of love and care. And no matter how many times we are
read, the message never tires or bores us. We are the new wine, and we
are meant to live in joy.
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
- Ma. Theresa Reyes-Tuliao
- Ian Reyes
- Ria Necesario
- Matet Rey
- Lance & Audrey Olona
- Milagros Reyes
- Tom Diokno
... for the personal intentions of:
- Rosemarie Reyes
- 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, Allan Miranda
... Safe travel: Jennette
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ramona Hollmann
- Domingo Barayoga Sr., Lourdes Barayoga, Allan Escamilla, Janet
- Jimmy Ngo
- Cesar Gomez
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: Jeremy Lim
- Birthday: Lily Sim
- Birthday: Vicenta Araujo de Jose
- Thanksgiving: North Park (Since 1994)
- Wedding Anniversary: Luisa & Carlos Cheng
... 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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