Monday, January 12, 2009
TUESDAY 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
TUESDAY 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
It was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we
are speaking. Instead, someone has testified somewhere: What is man
that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you crowned him
with glory and honor, subjecting all things under his feet. In
"subjecting" all things to him, he left nothing not "subject to him."
Yet at present we do not see "all things subject to him," but we do
see Jesus "crowned with glory and honor" because he suffered death, he
who "for a little while" was made "lower than the angels", that by the
grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting
that he, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many
children to glory, should make the leader to their salvation perfect
through suffering. He who consecrates and those who are being
consecrated all have one origin. Therefore, he is not ashamed to call
them "brothers" saying: I will proclaim your name to my brethren, in
the midst of the assembly I will praise you.
Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers, and on the sabbath he
entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his
teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the
scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried
out, What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to
destroy us? I know who you are the Holy One of God! Jesus rebuked him
and said, Quiet! Come out of him! The unclean spirit convulsed him and
with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed and asked one
another, What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even
the unclean spirits and they obey him. His fame spread everywhere
throughout the whole region of Galilee.
The evil spirits that reside in people are more serious than those we
watch in horror movies. These evil spirits are more subtle, enticing
and manipulative and disguise themselves with good intentions.
Remember that Lucifer was once an angel of light, before falling into
The devil is the master of deceit and lies. Evil spirits attempt to
separate us from the love of God. They are always linked to the idols
of the world, to make us become slaves of these idols, which seek to
take the place of God. They make us dialogue with the Devil, and cheat
us into believing that in the end, God does not love us, so we think
that it's better to take matters into our own hands and conduct
ourselves as God in our own lives.
However, the good news is that man has a strong ally in the Holy
Spirit. The Holy Spirit has the power to dispel and cast off these
evil spirits. Jesus Christ easily ordered the evil spirits to come
out. He can do so with us but only if we allow him. A prayer to the
Lord, even just for the plea to cast off these evil spirits in our
lives will suffice for the Holy Spirit to start acting. There is no
doubt that God will triumph over evil. The outcome is clear, but we
have to consciously choose God over the idols!
Let us reflect on our own lives today, and consider what kind of
idolatry enslaves us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Sophia Gonzalez
- 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: Nelia Padua
- Birthday: Vicente Muñoz
- In Memoriam (+): Tang, Yee
- In Memoriam (+): Ignacio Yang
… 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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