Thursday, September 27, 2007
Memorial, St. Lorenzo Ruiz & Companions, martyrs
Memorial, St. Lorenzo Ruiz & Companions, martyrs
Friday 25th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
On the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month. In the second year of
King Darius, on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of
the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: Tell this to the governor of
Judah, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, and to the high priest Joshua,
son of Jehozadak, and to the remnant of the people: Who is left among
you that saw this house in its former glory? And how do you see it
now? Does it not seem like nothing in your eyes? But now take courage,
Zerubbabel, says the LORD, and take courage, Joshua, high priest, son
of Jehozadak, And take courage, all you people of the land, says the
LORD, and work! For I am with you, says the LORD of hosts. This is the
pact that I made with you when you came out of Egypt, And my spirit
continues in your midst; do not fear! For thus says the LORD of hosts:
One moment yet, a little while, and I will shake the heavens and the
earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all the nations, and the
treasures of all the nations will come in, And I will fill this house
with glory, says the LORD of hosts. Mine is the silver and mine the
gold, says the LORD of hosts.Greater will be the future glory of this
house than the former, says the LORD of hosts; And in this place I
will give you peace, says the LORD of hosts.
Once when Jesus was praying in solitude and the disciples were with
him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?" They said in
reply, "John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, 'One of the
ancient prophets has arisen.'" Then he said to them, "But who do you
say that I am?" Peter said in reply, "The Christ of God." He rebuked
them and directed them not to tell this to anyone. He said, "The Son
of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief
priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be
No doubt few Christians will have to proclaim the words-"You are the
Christ" unto death on a cross like Peter. But all Christians must
carry a cross every day of their lives and be ready to die on it.
Concretely this means that we cannot be the disciples of a crucified
man without accepting to be like our Master in everyday life. When
Peter tells Jesus that he is the Christ, Peter is also stating in
other words that apart from Jesus no other Messiah is to be expected.
The Messiah has already come; we must not expect another one. This
Messiah did not want to transform the world in a moment, like a
magician, letting us play the role of passive spectators looking on
with wonder and awe. Jesus wanted to enter completely in the
sufferings of the world, bear our sickness, our sorrows, our crimes.
And he invites us to actively become other Messiahs like him by giving
our lives for our brothers and sisters, day after day. This is for us
the only way by which, through the strength of the Spirit who renews
the face of the earth, we can transform the world around us. We must
then have the courage of repeating Peter's confession: "You are the
Christ. I want that, concretely for me, in my life, you really be the
Anointed One of God, the One whose disciple I will forever be."
This faith in Christ and this participation in his cross mysteriously
transform the whole life of the believer as well as the life of
Christian communities. A new light brightens their life, a new warmth
gladdens their heart Like their Master, the Christians in turn become
a cause of wonder to the world. The way we live should make the non-
Catholic or the lukewarm Catholics stop and ask with astonishment
where we have thus learned to live in love and to suffer in joy.
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
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Macrina Tuason Aro
- Damaso R. Aguilar
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: Charito Nañagas
- Birthday: Dra. Bubut
- Wedding Anniversary: Baby & Ben Dizon
- Wedding Anniversary: Cristino/Elizabeth Lim
... 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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