Friday, October 05, 2007
Saturday 26th Week in Ordinary Time
Saturday 26th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
BARUCH 4:5-12, 27-29
Fear not, my people! Remember, Israel, You were sold to the nations
not for your destruction; It was because you angered God that you were
handed over to your foes. For you provoked your Maker with sacrifices
to demons, to no-gods; You forsook the Eternal God who nourished you,
and you grieved Jerusalem who fostered you. She indeed saw coming upon
you the anger of God; and she said: "Hear, you neighbors of Zion! God
has brought great mourning upon me, For I have seen the captivity that
the Eternal God has brought upon my sons and daughters. With joy I
fostered them; but with mourning and lament I let them go. Let no one
gloat over me, a widow, bereft of many: For the sins of my children I
am left desolate, because they turned from the law of God. Fear not,
my children; call out to God! He who brought this upon you will
remember you. As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God,
turn now ten times the more to seek him; For he who has brought
disaster upon you will, in saving you, bring you back enduring joy."
The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, "Lord,
even the demons are subject to us because of your name." Jesus said,
"I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I
have given you the power 'to tread upon serpents' and scorpions and
upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven." At that very
moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise,
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these
things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the
childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things
have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is
except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to
whom the Son wishes to reveal him." Turning to the disciples in
private he said, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I
say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but
did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."
Our study and scholarship will accomplish very little without the gift
of the Spirit who enlightens us about the truths of God. God the
Father actually hides the truth from the proud scholar, while he
chooses to reveal mystical secrets of heaven to the humble. And this
is the difference: knowledge inflates, love builds. Because of this
humble and childlike faith the disciples did great things in Jesus'
name. They exclaim: "Master, even the demons are subject to us in your
He told them to cure the sick and to preach and they took him at his
word. Jesus said it, they believed it. Because of this simple
acceptance of Jesus' words, great miracles were worked through simple
men of humble upbringing. But Jesus warns them not to rejoice that
they worked miracles, but to rejoice because their names were written
in heaven. It is not enough to work miracles in Jesus' name. We must
know him so well that we develop a personal relationship with him.
Do we really know Jesus? Is our knowledge of Jesus from various
religious information, or is it personal and loving, bringing rest and
respite to the dark corners of our lives? If we want to work for
Jesus, we must first know Jesus. If we want to do miracles in his
name, we must first receive him with the simplicity of a child.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara
- Eligia G. Fernando
- Marietta Climaco
- Carlos Alfred Gascon
- Nicolas Bautista
... for the personal intentions of:
- Guevara family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Arnold Abarquez & family
- Pe family
- Trinna and Noc
- Marie Charisse Gascon
... Good health: Mary Therese, Jesus Anthony and Joseph Emmanuel
... In Thanksgiving and safe travel: Jasmin
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Celia de Leon
- Remberto, Estrella, Florence & Danilo
- Fred del Rosario
- Col Samuel Dumaliang, Sr.
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: Patricia Dano Carolino
- Birthday: Teresita P. Cuevas
... 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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