Friday, September 14, 2007
MEMORIAL, OUR LADY OF SORROWS
MEMORIAL, OUR LADY OF SORROWS
SATURDAY 23RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
1 TIMOTHY 1:15-17
Brothers and sisters, this saying is trustworthy and deserves full
acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of
these I am the foremost. But for that reason I was mercifully
treated, so that in me, as the foremost, Christ Jesus might display
all his patience as an example for those who would come to believe in
him for everlasting life. To the king of ages, incorruptible,
invisible, the only God, honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this
child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be
a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will
pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
In the modern world of mass media, we get a lot of messages competing
with Jesus' words in the Gospel. Easy, instant gratification as
opposed to self-denial and carrying one's cross. If we buy into the
values promoted by the world, then we are laying the foundation of
our lives on unstable sand. Eventually our indulgence in sensual
kicks will leave us empty; our material things will become boring;
and having our own way will only make us more restless.
But if we believe in and live by the Gospel values of Jesus, then we
are setting our lives on solid rock. No adversity will be able to
destroy the fulfillment we find in Christ. No loss will be able to
deprive us of the joy we experience through Jesus; no disappointment
will be able to shatter the solidarity we have with him.
If we truly make Jesus our rock of safety, then we will indeed be
stouthearted and take courage when the storms of temptation and
difficulties come our way. None of us can be spared from some kind
of setbacks and sufferings in this life. To survive the worst, we
need the solid bedrock of faith in Christ. With the sure anchor of
the hope Jesus holds out for us and with the steadfast support of his
love, he will always be our bridge over troubled waters and he will
always lead us on.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara
- Jose Lim
- Tom Diokno
... for the personal intentions of:
- Guevara family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
... Birthday: Al Brian Yap
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Bobby Pilar
- Macario C. Yu
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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