Wednesday, January 09, 2008
THURSDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
THURSDAY AFTER EPIPHANY - YEAR II
1 JOHN 4:19-5:4
Beloved, we love God because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I
love God," but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not
love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not
seen. This is the commandment we have from him: Whoever loves God
must also love his brother. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the
Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves
also the one begotten by him. In this way we know that we love the
children of God when we love God and obey his commandments. For the
love of God is this, that we keep his commandments. And his
commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God
conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him
spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and
was praised by all. He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and
went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to
bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to
captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go
free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. Rolling up the
scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes
of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to
them, "Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."
And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words
that came from his mouth.
Have you ever at tended a talk, lecture or sermon where you were
inspired and felt admiration towards the speaker? Well, this is what
happens to the people who are listening to Jesus in the synagogue of
Nazareth. Sometimes we at tend talks by politicians, corporate
experts, etc., and we receive a lot of input. But what Jesus offers
when he speaks to us is the Good News of salvation. He gives us hope
of new life, he offers himself to the poor and downtrodden. He is the
Good News personified.
We must turn to Jesus because he alone can fill our spirits with true
happiness. When we are sad or confused, we must learn to listen to
what God in Jesus can tell us about our situation. We can pray in our
rooms, read the Bible especially the gospels, or go to a priest or
fellow Christian to ask for enlightenment.
The people in the synagogue were there for the Sabbath service. This
tells us that we must always have time for the Lord in church. As we
eat material food every day, we also need spiritual food for our
souls and Jesus is the only One who can give it. Let us listen to
Jesus as of ten as we can. Let us always make time for the Lord who
gives success to our endeavors and gives us enlightenment when we
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
- Mil Baui, Shnice Baui Uy and Jehovah Rapha
- Rosario Gomez
- Ofelia Reyes Catral
- Eric Lagumbay
... for the personal intentions of:
- Dadette Malaki
- Eric Lagumbay
- Jourgini Marie B. Cagulada
- Jess J.
- Dumauas families
... for the safety of: Henzel Desiderio
... Good health:
- Fred, Nel and Sean Emmanuel de Leon
- Margie, Evelyn and the members of the Ponce de Leon Family
... for the eternal repose of the souls of Anthony Inac. Eternal rest
grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Marco J. Del Carmen
... 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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