Wednesday, February 04, 2009
THURSDAY 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, AGATHA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR
THURSDAY 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is
burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or
to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no
further word be spoken to them. The sight was so terrifying that Moses
said, "I am trembling with fear." But you have come to Mount Zion, to
the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to
thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church
of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to
God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made
perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled
blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them
authority over evil spirits. These were his instructions: "Take
nothing for the journey except a staff--no bread, no bag, no money in
your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. Whenever you enter a
house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not
welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you
leave, as a testimony against them." They went out and preached that
people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many
sick people with oil and healed them.
Jesus involved the apostles in his works of salvation. He sent them
out in twos into the surrounding villages. That way, he shared his
divine mission with them. He gave them his own authority and power. He
knew well that they would make mistakes. Most of the apostles were
ordinary men. Yet Jesus did not hesitate to share his work with them.
Moreover, the day came when he entrusted his entire work to them.
Today many people have a fear of involving people in their work and in
their lives, especially the ordinary people. Hence many are often left
with a feeling of worthlessness, a feeling that they have nothing to
contribute. Involving people gives them the opportunity to grow, to
become more responsible and also to build community spirit.
The apostles cannot be called experts. Yet Christ did not hesitate to
involve them in his work. Our usefulness to Christ, depends not so
much on our intelligence as on our willingness and generosity. To do
the work of Christ is not a complicated thing. It means to be faithful
in little things. It means to be helpful and faithful, loyal and
constant to the end.
As Mother Teresa said: "You can do little things with great love. You
can do what I can't do and I can do what you can't do. Together we can
do something beautiful for God."
Let's do just that. Let's join hands and work together for the greater
glory of God, in the classroom, in our homes, in our communities, in
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Christy Chin
- Roger Ebora
- Lourdes Ubana
- Aida Calleja
… for the personal intentions and guidance of:
- Josheil Dapo and family
- CFC Community in KSA
… for the personal intentions of: Pauline
… Birthday: Hans Louis G. Marasigan
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Toribio Ebora, Daisy and Ruel
Pastrana, Jose Pascual, Alfred Soriano. 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: Ma. Lourdes Salvador Sy
- Prayer Intention: Albino & Emile Chua & Family
- In Memoriam (+): Jose Concepcion Sr.
- In Memoriam (+): Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.
… 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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