Sunday, January 11, 2009
MONDAY 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
MONDAY 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Brothers and sisters: In times past, God spoke in partial and various
ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he
spoke to us through the Son, whom he made heir of all things and
through whom he created the universe, who is the refulgence of his
glory, the very imprint of his being, and who sustains all things by
his mighty word. When he had accomplished purification from sins, he
took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high, as far
superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent
than theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say: You are my
Son; this day I have begotten you? Or again: I will be a father to
him, and he shall be a Son to me? And again, when he leads the first
born into the world, he says: Let all the angels of God worship him.
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the
Gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is
at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel."As he passed by the Sea of
Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into
the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and
I will make you fishers of men." Then they left their nets and
followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son
of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending
their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in
the boat along with the hired men and followed him.
Christ's call to conversion exempts no one. All of us stand in need of
turning more and more away from selfishness and laziness, from pride
and stubbornness, or from greed and possessiveness. Who of us can say
that we have no sins of omission to repent of? Sins like neglecting
hospitality and courtesy, failing to return something borrowed, to say
thanks for a favor, or avoiding responsibility and prayer. But turning
away from sin is only half the conversion process. The other half is
to turn towards something better to bring us closer to God.
The easiest way to root out a bad habit is to replace it with a good
one, like developing discipline to displace our irresponsibility,
sharing more to stem our selfishness, or taking time to pray to cut
down on our television viewing. To believe in the good news challenges
us to get involved in a good cause, like the war on poverty, or
fighting injustice and corruption in all its forms.
It certainly does take courage to change, whether personally in our
battle with something like alcohol, or socially in our struggle with
something like injustice. But change is possible. For some of us,
change is a must if we are ever going to hear the good news and walk
the path that leads to goodness. Moreover, according to our Lord, the
time is now, not later. The kingdom is here, not some place else. Like
the four disciples called in the Gospel, we need to have the urgency
to act at once, before it is too late.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Christy Chin
- Boy Afable
… for the personal intentions of
- Nitz Carvajal and family
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Pete Tioseco. 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: Francisco Tong
… 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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