Monday, October 22, 2007



OCTOBER 23, 2007

ROMANS 5:12, 15B, 17-19, 20B-21
Brothers and sisters: Through one man sin entered the world, and
through sin, death, and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all
sinned. If by that one person's transgression the many died, how
much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one man
Jesus Christ overflow for the many. For if, by the transgression of
the one, death came to reign through that one, how much more will
those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of
justification come to reign in life through the one Jesus Christ. In
conclusion, just as through one transgression condemnation came upon
all, so, through one righteous act acquittal and life came to all.
For just as through the disobedience of one man the many were made
sinners, so, through the obedience of the one the many will be made
righteous. Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more, so
that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through
justification for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

LUKE 12:35-38
Jesus said to his disciples: "Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those
servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say
to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed
to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and
find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants."

Today's Gospel has two senses. In its narrower sense it refers to
the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. In its wider sense it refers to
the time when God's summons enters a person's life. It is at its
widest a call to prepare to meet our God. The whole praise is for
the servant who is ready.

How then would we like God to find us at the moment of death? We
would surely like God to find us with our work completed. Perhaps
for some of us life is filled with loose ends. There are the things
undone and the things half-done, the things we have put off and the
things we have not even attempted. Great men and women have always
had the sense of a task that must be finished. It was Jesus himself
who said, "I have finished the work which you gave me to do."

We would also like God to find us at peace with our fellowmen. We
would also like God to find us at peace with him. It will make all
the difference at the moment of death whether we feel that we are
going out to a stranger or to an enemy, or whether we are going to
fall asleep in the arms of a loving God.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Eligia G. Fernando
- Conchita Tan
- Lisa Loh
- Marie Charisse Gascon
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Danet
- Sister Maria Yonson, DC
- Isidora, Alfonso, Jovita, Alfonsa, Alipio, Maria, Candido, Louie
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: Mr. & Mrs. Cervando de los Angeles, Sr.
- In Memoriam (+): Mercedes Lee Sy
... 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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