Thursday, October 11, 2007



OCTOBER 12, 2007

JOEL 1:13-15; 2:1-2
Gird yourselves and weep, O priests! wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God! The house
of your God is deprived of offering and libation. Proclaim a fast,
call an assembly; Gather the elders, all who dwell in the land, into
the house of the LORD, your God, and cry to the LORD! Alas, the day!
for near is the day of the LORD, and it comes as ruin from the
Almighty. Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy
mountain! Let all who dwell in the land tremble, for the day of the
LORD is coming; Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and of gloom, a
day of clouds and somberness! Like dawn spreading over the mountains,
a people numerous and mighty! Their like has not been from of old,
nor will it be after them, even to the years of distant generations.

LUKE 11:15-26
When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: "By the
power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons."
Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew
their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against
itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if
Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you
say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then,
drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them
out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger
of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon
you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions
are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he
takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils.
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather
with me scatters. "When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it
roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it
says, `I shall return to my home from which I came.' But upon
returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and
brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in
and dwell there, and the last condition of that man is worse than the

Jesus tells us in today's Gospel, "He who is not with me is against
me, and he who does not gather with me scatters." Jesus might have
added in explanation: "He who does not help me carry the cross,
actually makes it heavier; he who does not walk with me and talk with
me and work with me and live with me, he surely is following someone
else not me."

Are we for Christ or against Christ? Perhaps we can easily find out
by asking ourselves: "Am I helping Christ to carry his cross?" Am I
denying myself to be of help to others when they are in need?
Remember Christ gave his life for all of us. Are we willing to carry
the cross out of love for the poor, the needy, the lonely? Can we
sacrifice a little of our precious time, energy or money so that
others may live more decently and more happily? Are we with Christ in
our thoughts, words and actions? Is our prayer life such that Christ
is often with us and we with him?"

Jesus is the way, the only way to eternal happiness. Only if we live
with him and die with him, can we be with him in his heavenly kingdom.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Eligia G. Fernando
- Lisa Lo
- Hermelito Bancaso
... for the personal intentions of:
- Linda B.
- Fred and Nel de Leon and family
- Lanne Mulat
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Dr. Jose Lim
- Lilian D Kahn
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: Marie Angeline (Angie) Ong
... 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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