Sunday, March 22, 2009
MONDAY 4TH WEEK OF LENT
MEMORIAL, TORIBIO DE MOGROVEJO, BISHOP
MONDAY 4TH WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
Thus says the LORD: Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new
earth; The things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind.
Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I
create; For I create Jerusalem to be a joy and its people to be a
delight; I will rejoice in Jerusalem and exult in my people. No longer
shall the sound of weeping be heard there, or the sound of crying; No
longer shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an
old man who does not round out his full lifetime; He dies a mere youth
who reaches but a hundred years, and he who fails of a hundred shall
be thought accursed. They shall live in the houses they build, and eat
the fruit of the vineyards they plant.
At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee. For Jesus himself
testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place. When he
came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all
he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves had gone to
the feast. Then he returned to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the
water wine. Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in
Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea,
he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, who was
near death. Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and
wonders, you will not believe." The royal official said to him, "Sir,
come down before my child dies." Jesus said to him, "You may go; your
son will live." The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.
While the man was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him
that his boy would live. He asked them when he began to recover. They
told him, "The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon."
The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him,
"Your son will live," and he and his whole household came to believe.
Now this was the second sign Jesus did when he came to Galilee from
As Christians, we find healing in Jesus' words, for they bring us
comfort and consolation. In Jesus' words we find guidance in how we
are to live compassionately, forgivingly, and lovingly. It may be
difficult to follow all that Jesus has taught us, but we must continue
on our journey through life to follow his way, not our way. It is in
such efforts that we will find that we too shall live.
As faithful Christians, we are called to imitate Jesus. We do not need
signs and wonders of miracles in order to believe for our faith in
Jesus is held in his words of truth and life. Each of us is to keep
Jesus present in our hearts and extend the hand of Jesus' healing and
love to all those around us.
Through the example of our daily Christian living, we teach the world
that believing in the words of Jesus and following his way leads to
everlasting life. With deeper faith, we can see God all around us.
That beautiful sunset — isn't it a masterpiece of God's creative power
on display? That helping hand stretched out to us just when we needed
it — wasn't that Christ in our midst? The person whose faith doesn't
need "signs and wonders" is precisely the person who sees so many more
signs and wonders — the everyday, loving presence of the Lord.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Ester Marcelo
… for the safety of Johnson Cuiting
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Remedios Ho. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Beatrix Atienza
- Wedding Anniversary: Raul & Susan Aquino
- In Memoriam (+): Peter Ong, Sr,
… 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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