Monday, September 17, 2007


Tuesday 24th Week in Ordinary Time

September 18, 2007
Tuesday 24th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

1 TIMOTHY 3:1-13
Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an
overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above
reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled,
respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not
violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must
manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with
proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family,
how can he take care of God's church?) He must not be a recent
convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment
as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so
that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not
indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must
keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them,
let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives are to be
women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and
trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be the husband of but one
wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who
have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in
their faith in Christ Jesus.

LUKE 7:11-17
Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples
and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate,
a dead person was being carried out--the only son of his mother, and
she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When
the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."
Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood
still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!" The dead man sat up
and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. They were
all filled with awe and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared
among us," they said. "God has come to help his people." This news
about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

In the bible, we read that Jesus grants miracles to those who
demonstrate faith. He cured the sick slave in yesterday's Gospel after
the centurion declared his faith in Jesus' power to heal. But in
today's Gospel passage, Jesus does not ask the widow if she has faith
in him before he raised her son. Jesus is simply moved by pity and
brings the son back from the dead.

Whereas in many of the readings we see how Jesus teaches with his
miracles, today he simply shows us human compassion. It is a reminder
that: as Jesus is the Son of God, Jesus came down as one of us, with
all the emotions that accompany with being human.

Today, let us feel the joy of having Jesus as our friend, a companion
of unconditional love ready to heal us when we feel depressed, unhappy
or hurt. All we have to do is allow him into our hearts.

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
- Ely
- Ramon Ty
... for the personal intentions of:
- Guevara family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Najla
- 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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