Monday, January 19, 2009
TUESDAY 2ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
TUESDAY 2ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Brothers and sisters: God is not unjust so as to overlook your work
and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and
continuing to serve the holy ones. We earnestly desire each of you to
demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of hope until the
end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who,
through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises. When God made
the promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear,
he swore by himself, and said, I will indeed bless you and multiply
you. And so, after patient waiting, Abraham obtained the promise. Now,
men swear by someone greater than themselves; for them an oath serves
as a guarantee and puts an end to all argument. So when God wanted to
give the heirs of his promise an even clearer demonstration of the
immutability of his purpose, he intervened with an oath, so that by
two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we
who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to hold fast to the
hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure
and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil, where Jesus
has entered on our behalf as forerunner, becoming high priest forever
according to the order of Melchizedek.
As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his
disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At
this the Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is
unlawful on the sabbath?" He said to them, "Have you never read what
David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry?
How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and
ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat,
and shared it with his companions?" Then he said to them, "The sabbath
was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man
is lord even of the sabbath."
Today's Gospel reminds us that we are the "apple of the eye" of God.
Out of God's love for us, He created the world for us. The law only
condemns, the spirit frees us. That's why in another instance the Lord
said: "I have come not to abolish the law but to fulfill it".
Christ became the spirit that completes the law with the spirit of
love. In the end, God does everything in order to benefit man. The
moment we use the law for the sake of the law, we lose perspective.
God did not create man for the world, but created the world for the
welfare of man. Moreover, God created man in His own image, to share
in the joy and goodness of everything that God is.
That would have been enough, but God went one step further, by even
allowing His only begotten Son, to become man, to die for us and make
us co-heirs of the eternal life in Paradise. God's compassion
overflows with mercy and understanding for us. And many times we fail
to see or comprehend it. It is good to pause once in a while to
fathom, realize and discover the graces, blessings and signs of love
He showers upon us every day.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the safety, enlightenment and wisdom of Mary Beth Valenteros
… for the good health of the Valenteros family
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
… healings for
- Pam, Cindy R, Mrs. C, Henry D
- Sophia Gonzalez
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Mrs. Lorna C. Leonardo,
Deogracias Tigno, Jr., Deogracias Tigno III, Clara Tigno, Rolando
Alano. 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: Catherine Choa
- Birthday: Sonia Go Perez
- Birthday: Angela Macapagal
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilfred & Sally Lim
- Wedding Anniversary: Hilton & Rosana Chua Fong
- In Memoriam (+): Theresa Mak Ngo (Mar 16, 1911-Jan 20, 1996)+
- In Memoriam (+): Remedios A. Jose
… 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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