Friday, January 11, 2008
Saturday after Epiphany
Saturday after Epiphany
1 JOHN 5:14-21
Beloved: We have this confidence in him that if we ask anything
according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in
regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him for is
ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, he
should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those
whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin, about
which I do not say that you should pray. All wrongdoing is sin, but
there is sin that is not deadly. We know that anyone begotten by God
does not sin; but the one begotten by God he protects, and the Evil
One cannot touch him. We know that we belong to God, and the whole
world is under the power of the Evil One. We also know that the Son of
God has come and has given us discernment to know the one who is true.
And we are in the one who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the
true God and eternal life. Children, be on your guard against idols.
Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent
some time with them baptizing. John was also baptizing in Aenon near
Salim, because there was an abundance of water there, and people came
to be baptized, for John had not yet been imprisoned. Now a dispute
arose between the disciples of John and a Jew about ceremonial
washings. So they came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, the one who
was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is
baptizing and everyone is coming to him." John answered and said, "No
one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You
yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Christ, but that
I was sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom;
the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the
bridegroom's voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He
must increase; I must decrease."
St. John the Baptist acknowledges that his role to proclaim the coming
of the Messiah has finally been fulfilled in Jesus and his ministry.
Hence, he tells his followers to rejoice with him in Jesus' arrival as
We rejoice in St. John the Baptist's act of humility but we note that
his followers questioned the authenticity and authority of Jesus as
the Messiah. In this regard, perhaps we too can ask ourselves how much
we really believe that Jesus is our Savior and the Son of God. In the
present day where skepticism is part and parcel of everyday life, it
is not difficult to imagine many of us entertaining doubts about
Perhaps we should remind ourselves that Jesus did not come to assert
the glory of God on everyone of us but instead he came to sacrifice
himself on the cross for our sake. His Resurrection demonstrated what
really is the true manifestation of Christ: God's gift of Redemption
for all humanity.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- Damaso Guevara and Eligia Fernando
- Herminia Guiden
- Ofelia Reyes Catral
- Eric Lagumbay
- Guillermo Samaniego, Jr.
... 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
all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Genevieve Marie Son
- Birthday: Bettina M. Cordon
- Birthday: Dr. & Dra. Servando & Tita De Los Angeles
- In Memoriam(+): Leslie Jelyn Tan 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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