Monday, September 24, 2007
TUESDAY 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
TUESDAY 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
EZRA 6:7-8, 12B, 14-20
King Darius issued an order to the officials of West-of-
Euphrates: "Let the governor and the elders of the Jews continue the
work on that house of God; they are to rebuild it on its former site.
I also issue this decree concerning your dealing with these elders of
the Jews in the rebuilding of that house of God: From the royal
revenue, the taxes of West-of-Euphrates, let these men be repaid for
their expenses, in full and without delay. I, Darius, have issued
this decree; let it be carefully executed." The elders of the Jews
continued to make progress in the building, supported by the message
of the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, son of Iddo. They finished the
building according to the command of the God of Israel and the
decrees of Cyrus and Darius and of Artaxerxes, king of Persia. They
completed this house on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth
year of the reign of King Darius. The children of Israel-priests,
Levites, and the other returned exiles- celebrated the dedication of
this house of God with joy. For the dedication of this house of God,
they offered one hundred bulls, two hundred rams, and four hundred
lambs, together with twelve he-goats as a sin-offering for all
Israel, in keeping with the number of the tribes of Israel. Finally,
they set up the priests in their classes and the Levites in their
divisions for the service of God in Jerusalem, as is prescribed in
the book of Moses. The exiles kept the Passover on the fourteenth
day of the first month. The Levites, every one of whom had purified
himself for the occasion, sacrificed the Passover for the rest of the
exiles, for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.
The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him but were unable to
join him because of the crowd. He was told, "Your mother and your
brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you." He said to
them in reply, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the
word of God and act on it."
The deepest relationship of life is not merely a blood relationship.
It is the relationship of mind to mind and heart to heart. It is
when people have common aims, common principles, common-interests, a
common goal in life that they become really and truly related to each
Now let us remember the definition of the kingdom of God. The
kingdom of God is a society upon earth where God's will is as
perfectly done as it is in heaven. It was Jesus' supreme quality
that He, of all people, alone succeeded in fully achieving that
identity of His will and the will of God. Therefore, all those whose
one aim in life is to make God's will their will, are the ones who
are truly related to Christ.
We speak of all men and women as being sons and daughters of God. In
one very real and very precious sense that is true, because God loves
both saint and sinner. But it is when a person puts his will, in
line with God's will, that a real relationship with God exists.
Everything that happens to us happens for a reason. Perhaps it is
difficult for us to do God's will for certain things, but when we do
so we have entered into the family of God which includes all the
saints on earth and in heaven.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara
- Marietta Climaco
- Lilian Kahn
... for the personal intentions of:
- Guevara family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Jasmin, Pe Family
- Trinna, Chibu and Noc
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- 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.
- Birthday: Estrella de Leon
- Birthday: Grace Ty
- Birthday: John Michael R. Opelanio
- In Memoriam (+): Judy Que
... 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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