Thursday, November 01, 2007
COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
FRIDAY 30TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
2 MACCABEES 12:43-46
He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two
thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for
an expiatory sacrifice. In doing this he acted in a very excellent
and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in
view; for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would
have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death. But if he
did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had
gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Thus he
made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin.
ROMANS 8:31-35, 37-39
What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against
us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Who will
bring a charge against God's chosen ones? It is God who acquits us.
Who will condemn? It is Christ (Jesus) who died, rather, was raised,
who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or
distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have
faith also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling
places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to
prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I
will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you
also may be. Where (I) am going you know the way." Thomas said to
him, "Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the
way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No
one comes to the Father except through me.
The day a loved one dies is among the most difficult and painful
times we will ever experience. On that day, however, the loved one
awakens on the other side of death. He awakens to a day of exultant
joy. The loved one celebrates the joy of which Isaiah sings in the
first reading: God has lifted all mourning veils from all peoples; he
has destroyed death and wiped away all tears. He is the God whose
love seeks to save us.
Life has not ended for those whom we have loved and have lost to
death; their lives have changed. We have not really lost these
people we love to death. We have placed them in the loving, merciful
hands of God where they will rest in joy until we too die to death in
this world only to awaken to the same joy that sustains them. For us
too, life will not end, it will be changed.
After reflecting on today's Gospel, let us ask ourselves: have we
ever lost a loved one that made us feel depressed, sad and lonely,
but found comfort in today's Gospel? Did the Gospel help us love and
trust Jesus' more?
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Emely Chua
- Boy Revatoris
- Charlie Castro, Glenda Bisco, Julie Manzon, Mystica Besana,
- Erlinda Bonoan
- Lydia and Marina
... for the personal intentions of:
- Julie and Glenn Manzon, Pat and Linda Manzon, Mary Castro,
Ma. Fe De Castro, Churchill Barayoga, Alfred Quinio and Mabel
Pierera, Estileta Escamilla, Glenda Bisco, Domingo Barayoga Jr.
- Julie and Trinna
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... Birthday: Jinky Bajala-Policarpio
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Domingo and Lourdes Barayoga, Allan Escamilla, Tony Campus
- Roberto D. Tuazon
- Francisco Cagulada, Sr, Zenon Cagulada, and all the departed
friends and relatives of Alice.
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: Dr. Victor N. Nañagas, Jr
- Birthday: Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, S.J.
- Birthday: John Braganza
- Birthday: Ramona Chua Hwan (Nov 2, 1955 - Jun 3, 2005)
- Prayer Intention: Philip & Lucy Ong & Family
- In Memoriam (+): Li, Emilio Ang
- In Memoriam (+): Visitacion, Urbano, Gerry
... 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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