Sunday, February 01, 2009
FEAST, PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
FEAST, PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
MONDAY 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Brothers and sisters: Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of
witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to
us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping
our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the
sake of the joy that lay before him Jesus endured the cross, despising
its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.
Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that
you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin
you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large
crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea. One of the
synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at
his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, "My daughter is at
the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may
get well and live." He went off with him and a large crowd followed
him. There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent
all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. She had
heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his
cloak. She said, "If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured."
Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she
was healed of her affliction. Jesus, aware at once that power had gone
out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who has touched
my clothes?" But his disciples said to him, "You see how the crowd is
pressing upon you, and yet you ask, Who touched me?" And he looked
around to see who had done it. The woman, realizing what had happened
to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus
and told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith
has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction." While he
was still speaking, people from the synagogue official's house arrived
and said, "Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any
longer?" Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the
synagogue official, "Do not be afraid; just have faith." He did not
allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John,
the brother of James. When they arrived at the house of the synagogue
official, .he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing
loudly. So he went in and said to them, "Why this commotion and
weeping? The child is not dead but asleep." And they ridiculed him.
Then he put them all out. He took along the child's father and mother
and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum," which
means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!" The girl, a child of
twelve, arose immediately and walked around. At that they were utterly
astounded. He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said
that she should be given something to eat.
In our lives, the process of refining may not be an easy one. Gold is
refined by fire and we may have to pass through afflictions and
temptations if we are to be purified of sin. But we need not fear this
process because the Lord is with us. He has promised that he will not
test us beyond our strength.
Today's feast reminds us that Jesus Christ is the Light of the world
who dispels the darkness of sin and death. Jesus continues to give
hope even in the darkest hours of our lives, for he has won eternal
life for us; something we could not do for ourselves. This ancient
custom of blessing and lighting candles reminds us of Christ's
presence among us at our liturgical celebrations and of our need to
bring the light of our faith into our world into our homes and
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing of: Sophia Gonzalez
… for the personal intentions and guidance of: Josheil Dapo and family
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Lino Castelo. 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: John T. Lim
- Birthday: Justina Vallejo Garcia +
- Birthday: Stephanie Braganza
- Wedding Anniversary: Dr. Pino & Josie Abadco
- Wedding Anniversary: Helen & Victor Yao
- Wedding Anniversary: JC & Melissa Mercado
- Wedding Anniversary: Jimmy & Francoise Tee
- In Memoriam (+): Valentino Chao (Feb 14, 1957-Feb 2, 1983)+
… 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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