Sunday, September 16, 2007
MONDAY 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
MONDAY 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-8
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and
thanksgiving be made for everyone-- for kings and all those in
authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness
and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all
men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is
one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
who gave himself as a ransom for all men--the testimony given in its
proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an
apostle--I am telling the truth, I am not lying--and a teacher of the
true faith to the Gentiles. I want men everywhere to lift up holy
hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people,
he entered Capernaum. There a centurion's servant, whom his master
valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus
and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal
his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him,
"This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation
and has built our synagogue." So Jesus went with them. He was not far
from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord,
don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my
roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to
you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am
a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, `Go,'
and he goes; and that one, `Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant,
`Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at
him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I
have not found such great faith even in Israel." Then the men who had
been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
Today's Gospel tells a story of extraordinary faith. Jesus, amazed at
the centurion's faith, praises him in front of the crowd, and cures
his servant instantly from a distance. This was a significant story
for the early Church because it signaled that non-Jews were worthy to
enter the kingdom of God, and because it showed that Jesus could
exercise his power without being physically present. In a sense, that
is the essence of our Christian faith - to believe in Jesus without
seeing him, to affirm his power without feeling his physical presence.
We have our own opportunities to practice this kind of faith. Maybe
we have been in good health and suddenly find ourselves facing a
deadly disease. Perhaps our family which had been happy until now,
is being torn apart by alcohol or drug problems. Where is God now, we
With faith we can face any future, however gloomy it may appear to us.
The centurion came to Jesus with that perfect confidence which looks
up and say: "Lord, I know you can do this". If we only had a faith
like his, for us also miracle would begin to happen and life would
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara
- Lilian Kahn and Ginny S
- Catalina de Leon
- Tom Diokno
- Ramon Ty
... for the personal intentions of:
- Guevara family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Marge, Ken, Ann, Pam, Ray and BE
- Bebot and Raffy
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Florentino S. Solon
- Prayer Intention: Brion Valdellon Family
- In Memoriam (+): Fr. Juan Andechaga, S.J.
... 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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