Friday, September 25, 2009
SATURDAY 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, COSMAS AND DAMIAN, MARTYRS
SATURDAY 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
ZECHARIAH 2:5-9, 14-15A
I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked: there was a man with a
measuring line in his hand. I asked, "Where are you going?" He
answered, "To measure Jerusalem, to see how great is its width and how
great its length." Then the angel who spoke with me advanced, and
another angel came out to meet him and said to him, "Run, tell this to
that young man: People will live in Jerusalem as though in open
country, because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst. But
I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the LORD, and I
will be the glory in her midst." Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD. Many nations shall
join themselves to the LORD on that day, and they shall be his people
and he will dwell among you.
While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his
disciples, "Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is
to be handed over to men." But they did not understand this saying;
its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand
it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
In today's Gospel reading, Jesus tries to convey to his disciples a
correct view of his mission, but they simply do not understand. The
notion of a suffering Messiah is just too much for them to grasp. They
even hesitate to inquire more deeply about it. They could understand
Jesus' miracles. They could understand the traditional Jewish concept
of a conquering Messiah. But the idea of a Messiah who would be killed
was totally foreign to them. It seemed like complete defeat.
After Pentecost, however, their eyes would be opened. With the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit, they would come "to understand fully
the mystery, the plan God was pleased to decree in Christ to reconcile
everything in his person both on earth and in the heavens, making
peace through the blood of his cross." With the Spirit they could see
beyond the externals of life and religion, and see into the very heart
of God. This heart is a heart of love. It is also a heart of mystery.
It lives by dying for those it loves. It is glorified in being humbled
for those it loves. It is given abundant wealth by becoming poor so
that those it loves might share in its wealth. These things are all
paradoxes. They are all mystery. Yet they all boldly and clearly
proclaim the truth of God's love. This love was most dearly revealed
in the death of God's Son, Jesus Christ.
Do we understand this mystery, or do we still seek a Messiah who will
come in worldly victory? Do we really seek the action of the Spirit in
our life so we might understand this mystery? Do we really allow
ourselves to be daily born again in his love by coming to share in a
daily death to selfishness and sin? As a Church we must not allow
ourselves to remain in ignorance. We must be born again in the true
sense of the word.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Margie R. Ponce de Leon
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Inday Tan
… for the personal intentions of
- Veronica Yap
- Dapo family
- Edu and Minette
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Raul and Epifania Ylaya.
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.
- Prayer Intention: Peace, Justice and Freedom to Myanmar
- Wedding Anniversary: Dra. Rosalind Sia & Dr. John Lim
… for the healing and peace of all families
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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