Thursday, March 26, 2009
FRIDAY 4TH WEEK OF LENT
FRIDAY 4TH WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
WISDOM 2:1A, 12-22
The wicked said among themselves, thinking not aright: "Let us beset
the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against
our doings, Reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us
with violations of our training. He professes to have knowledge of God
and styles himself a child of the LORD. To us he is the censure of our
thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us, Because his life is
not like that of others, and different are his ways. He judges us
debased; he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure. He calls
blest the destiny of the just and boasts that God is his Father. Let
us see whether his words be true; let us find out what will happen to
him. For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him and
deliver him from the hand of his foes. With revilement and torture let
us put him to the test that we may have proof of his gentleness and
try his patience. Let us condemn him to a shameful death; for
according to his own words, God will take care of him." These were
their thoughts, but they erred; for their wickedness blinded them, and
they knew not the hidden counsels of God; neither did they count on a
recompense of holiness nor discern the innocent souls' reward.
JOHN 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea,
because the Jews were trying to kill him. But the Jewish feast of
Tabernacles was near. But when his brothers had gone up to the feast,
he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret. Some of
the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, "Is he not the one they are trying
to kill? And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him.
Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ? But we know
where he is from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is
from." So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and
said, "You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come
on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true. I
know him, because I am from him, and he sent me." So they tried to
arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not
Even if Jesus knew his life was in danger, he still ministered to the
people residing in the area. He knew of the plots to arrest him
because of his growing reputation, but he didn't let this perturb him.
He reached out regardless of the circumstances.
If faced with a similar situation, how would we react? Would we do the
still carry out our mission? Of course, we shouldn't unnecessarily put
ourselves in harm's way. But, if there was an opportunity to help the
oppressed, the less fortunate, in spite of the risks and dangers
involved, would we dare to do so?
There are no guarantees when it comes to involving ourselves in social
action movements to empower the marginalized in our communities. Often
times, it becomes frustrating and our efforts may go unnoticed and
unappreciated. But, we must keep on helping others.
Jesus continues to be that man of action. Critics come and go, but his
works of mercy will last a forever. It would have proven more
beneficial if they supported his efforts rather than form an opinion
against them. We cannot assume what selfish motivations may have
prompted these people to act the way that they did.
Let us continue to pray that everyone focuses on the greater good. May
we always find our foundation in the good that God wants to administer
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Coach Boy Afable
- Christy Chin
… for the safety of Johnson Cuiting
… Birthday: Ruperto A.
... for the eternal repose of soul of Fr. Arnel M Suzara
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Art Manuel
- Birthday: Alfredo D. Masigan
- Wedding Anniversary: Alex & Dins Macapagal
- In Memoriam (+): Alfredo Dizon Capati
- In Memoriam (+): Robert C. Yao
- In Memoriam (+): Ruben Saulog
… 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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