Thursday, January 08, 2009
FRIDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
FRIDAY AFTER EPIPHANY – YEAR I
1 JOHN 5:5-13
Beloved: Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who
believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came
through water and Blood, Jesus Christ, not by water alone, but by
water and Blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies, and the Spirit
is truth. So there are three who testify, the Spirit, the water, and
the Blood, and the three are of one accord. If we accept human
testimony, the testimony of God is surely greater. Now the testimony
of God is this, that he has testified on behalf of his Son. Whoever
believes in the Son of God has this testimony within himself. Whoever
does not believe God has made him a liar by not believing the
testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God
gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever possesses
the Son has life; whoever does not possess the Son of God does not
have life. I write these things to you so that you may know that you
have eternal life, you who believe in the name of the Son of God.
It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns
where Jesus was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded
with him, and said, "Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean." Jesus
stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, "I do will it. Be made
clean." And the leprosy left him immediately. Then he ordered him not
to tell anyone, but "Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for
your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them."
The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled
to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments, but he would
withdraw to deserted places to pray.
Have we ever been shunned or ostracized? Ever been excluded because of
our accent, skin color, gender, poverty, religion, politics, caste or
family? Try to connect with that experience for a few minutes, try to
understand what it meant to be a leper in Jesus' day. Try to observe
how Jesus treated this remarkable leper.
Are we the type of person who is fond of discriminating against
others? It is about time that we should be critical towards our own
actions because what we do to others will eventually be done unto us.
As the golden rule goes "Don't do unto others what you do not want
others to do unto you." Just think about the simplicity exemplified by
the life of Jesus. He chose to live in a plain environment than to
have a luxurious life. He chose to suffer from hardships and pain than
be the one causing it for others. Jesus wants us to be simple and
remain humble in everything that we do. We do not have the right to
judge others because of the way they look, act, or speak.
Let us always remember that each of us is unique in our own ways. Each
person created by God has strengths and weaknesses. We should learn to
accept and respect these qualities we possess and if possible, let our
strengths be used for the betterment of others especially the needy
and the poor just as Jesus did to the leper in his day.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Fr Pat Umberger
- Christy Chin
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Lilia Serrano. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: James Chua Lim
- Wedding Anniversary: Harris & Ever Ngo
- Wedding Anniversary: Tony and Lina Buenafe
… 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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