Sunday, September 23, 2007
MONDAY 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
MONDAY 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, in order to fulfill the
word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD inspired King Cyrus of
Persia to issue this proclamation throughout his kingdom, both by word
of mouth and in writing: "Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia: `All the
kingdoms of the earth the LORD, the God of heaven, has given to me,
and he has also charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem, which is
in Judah. Therefore, whoever among you belongs to any part of his
people, let him go up, and may his God be with him! Let everyone who
has survived, in whatever place he may have dwelt, be assisted by the
people of that place with silver, gold, goods, and cattle, together
with free-will offerings for the house of God in Jerusalem.'" Then
the family heads of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and Levites-
everyone, that is, whom God had inspired to do so- prepared to go up
to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem. All their neighbors gave
them help in every way, with silver, gold, goods, and cattle, and with
many precious gifts besides all their free-will offerings.
Jesus said to the crowd: "No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a
vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so
that those who enter may see the light. For there is nothing hidden
that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be
known and come to light. Take care, then, how you hear. To anyone who
has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he
seems to have will be taken away."
Jesus, in today's Gospel, implies that we are like a lamp. Obviously
a lamp is useless if it lies hidden under a basket. Its purpose is to
give light so that people may see in the darkness. Jesus does not
want us to hide our goodness. He wants us to reach out in love and
service to others.
More frightening than having a car stop dead on a busy street is to
become dead because of sin. Unable to recover or even to cry out for
assistance, we are completely helpless. But God did not pass us by.
He was not too busy or coldhearted to come to our help. He sent his
own Son to restore us to life. What God has done for us should
motivate us in our love and service of others. We know that actions
speak louder than words. We know the power of good example. Today's
Gospel tells us that we are obliged to give good example, to have the
light of our Christian lives shine brightly.
As Christians, we should not only desire but also strive to make our
lives a living Gospel that can be seen by all.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara
- Julie Manzon, Glenda Bisco, Delly David, Charlie Castro
- Marietta Climaco
- father of Karen Jones', Fr. John Weyer
- Lilian Kahn
... for Ms. Genoveva S. Sunpayco
... for the personal intentions of:
- Guevara family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Aurie Trillana
- Glenn & Julie Manzon, Ma. Fe De Castor, Joel & Glenda Bisco,
Estileta & Buds Escamilla, Churchill & Maricho Barayoga, Mary &
Charlie Castro, Nolie & Joe Caparida
- Jasmin, Pe Family
- Trinna, Chibu and Noc
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Domingo Barayoga Sr, Lourdes Barayoga, Allan Manzanilla
- Macrina Tuason Aro
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.
- Wedding Anniversary: Johnny & Anna Uy
- In Memoriam (+): Peter Lim Jr. (June 28, 1927-Sept 24, 1997)
... 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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