Thursday, January 01, 2009
MEMORIAL, BASIL THE GREAT & GREGORY NAZIANZEN
MEMORIAL, BASIL THE GREAT & GREGORY NAZIANZEN, BISHOPS
FRIDAY BEFORE EPIPHANY – YEAR I
1 JOHN 2:22-28
Beloved: Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ.
Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist. Anyone
who denies the Son does not have the Father, but whoever confesses the
Son has the Father as well. Let what you heard from the beginning
remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you,
then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the
promise that he made us: eternal life. I write you these things about
those who would deceive you. As for you, the anointing that you
received from him remains in you, so that you do not need anyone to
teach you. But his anointing teaches you about everything and is true
and not false; just as it taught you, remain in him. And now,
children, remain in him, so that when he appears we may have
confidence and not be put to shame by him at his coming.
This is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent
priests and Levites to him to ask him, "Who are you?" He admitted and
did not deny it, but admitted, "I am not the Christ." So they asked
him, "What are you then? Are you Elijah?" And he said, "I am not."
"Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No." So they said to him, "Who
are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you
have to say for yourself?" He said: "I am the voice of one crying out
in the desert, `Make straight the way of the Lord,' as Isaiah the
prophet said." Some Pharisees were also sent. They asked him, "Why
then do you baptize if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the
Prophet?" John answered them, "I baptize with water; but there is one
among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me,
whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie." This happened in Bethany
across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
When was the last time we committed sin? Was it worth doing? Have we
ever thought of anyone whom we may have violated doing such an act?
Were we ever satisfied after violating God's commandments?
Committing a sin is an act that takes us away from God's grace and
blessings. Life spent committing sin is a life not lived well; in like
manner with money not well spent or even worse. There are many
temptations that will entice us to commit sin. However; it is still
our prerogative that prevails.
Each one of us is prone to committing sin; in fact, even before we are
born, each one of us already inherits one sin — original sin. No
matter what kind of sin we commit, we should ask for God's forgiveness
and accept what His judgment will be. That is why every Roman Catholic
should receive the Sacrament of Baptism shortly after birth.
Let us keep in mind that our Father has given us His only Son to be
our salvation. Jesus has been very generous to us while he was here on
earth. Don't allow temptations and emotions control us. Let us think
before we act.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Chato Dizon
- Sophia Gonzalez
… In Thanksgiving: Gascon-Lomuntad families
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
… for the priests, laity and friends of San Jose Manggawa Parish and
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Remberto, Estrella, Florence,
Danilo, Alfredo, Gloria, Beatriz, Filomena, Rosario.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. Veronica Nañagas-Devon
- Birthday: Caridad B. Yang
- Birthday: Emmanuel G. Hio Jr.
- Birthday: Anna N. Morabe
- Thanksgiving: Teacher League - Good Health
- Thanksgiving: Pasig Teachers Good Health for all Teachers
- Wedding Anniversary: Dennis & Cornelia Tan Ang
… 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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