Thursday, January 03, 2008



JANUARY 4, 2008

1 JOHN 3:7-10
Children, let no one deceive you. The person who acts in
righteousness is righteous, just as he is righteous. Whoever sins
belongs to the Devil, because the Devil has sinned from the
beginning. Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works
of the Devil. No one who is begotten by God commits sin, because
God's seed remains in him; he cannot sin because he is begotten by
God. In this way, the children of God and the children of the Devil
are made plain; no one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to
God, nor anyone who does not love his brother.

JOHN 1:35-42
John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus
walk by, he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God." The two disciples heard
what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following
him and said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to
him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where are you
staying?" He said to them, "Come, and you will see." So they went and
saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was
about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was
one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his
own brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah," which is
translated Christ. Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him
and said, "You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas,"
which is translated Peter.

It is quite interesting what a firm and steady conviction can do when
inspired by God's grace. Today, we look at the life of St. Elizabeth
Ann Seton, RM, the first United States citizen to be canonized. St.
Elizabeth Ann Seton is also the patron of widows, children near
death, and teachers. She belonged to the aristocracy of New York
during her time, and was a convert to Catholicism amidst censure from
her predominantly Protestant family and friends. She helped establish
the first New York City private charitable organization dedicated to
widows with young children, and later founded the first religious
community of apostolic women in the United States.

In today's Gospel, on John the Baptist's account did Andrew go with
Jesus, only to spend the rest of the day with him. Armed with the
conclusion that he had found the Messiah, Andrew takes his brother
Simon to Jesus to see for himself. As Jesus takes a good hard look at
Simon, he calls Simon "Cephas" -- meaning "Rock".

Elizabeth Seton, Andrew and his brother Simon all had one thing in
common -- they were searching for the Messiah. And when they had found
him, they spent the rest of their lives with him. In these three
erstwhile ordinary persons, we see their conviction to the truth and
their openness in finding God's will for them. They were willing to
give up every thing -- family, way of life, material possession, and
social standing -- just to follow Jesus in the path to holiness. In
what ways am I similar or different to these disciples of Jesus?

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara and Eligia Fernando
- Herminia Guiden
- E.T.
... for the personal intentions of:
- Pauline
- O'Brien Family
- Mrs. Johnson, David, Theresa, Will and Anna
... Good health: Sheila Maxwell, Margarite and Evelyn Ponce de Leon
... In Thanksgiving for blessing received: Josheil Dapo
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Grace Del Castillo Mata M.D.
- In Memoriam(+): Francisco Soc Rodrigo
- Wedding Anniversary: John & Shellane Dimen
- Wedding Anniversary: James & Gloria C. Yu
... 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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