Friday, June 19, 2009



JUNE 20, 2009

Brothers and sisters: I must boast; not that it is profitable, but I
will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in
Christ who, fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body
I do not know, God knows), was caught up to the third heaven. And I
know that this man (whether in the body or out of the body I do not
know, God knows) was caught up into Paradise and heard ineffable
things, which no one may utter. About this man I will boast, but about
myself I will not boast, except about my weaknesses. Although if I
should wish to boast, I would not be foolish, for I would be telling
the truth. But I refrain, so that no one may think more of me than
what he sees in me or hears from me because of the abundance of the
revelations. Therefore, that I might not become too elated, a thorn in
the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me
from being too elated. Three times I begged the Lord about this, that
it might leave me, but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is made perfect in weakness." I will rather boast most
gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell
with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships,
persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am
weak, then I am strong.

LUKE 2:41-51
Each year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival
custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the
boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know
it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and
looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not
finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three
days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the
teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who
heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When
his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him,
"Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been
looking for you with great anxiety." And he said to them, "Why were
you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's
house?" But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down
with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his
mother kept all these things in her heart.

Mary and Joseph have lost the child they love, this child God had
handed into their charge. For three days fear overwhelms them and
anxiety seizes their hearts. There is relief in finding him, of
course, but hardly joy. For this boy knowingly left them, apparently
with no concern for the pain his absence would cause them.

This would be the story of Mary's life. But how would Mary, a
traditional, pious Jewess, feel as Jesus' public life played itself
out within her hearing, often within her sight? How would Mary feel,
when she would be told her son was seen in the Temple, a knot ted rope
in his hand, flailing about in a mad rage, defying the priests. Or
when she would be told that Jesus had engaged in heated arguments,
insulting the religious leaders, that he disobeyed the law and
defended his disciples when they did the same? That he told the
priests to their face, "the law is made for man, not man for the law";
that he lived openly, defiantly by this principle. What would Mary
feel as she would see her son crucified as a common criminal? How
would she survive such heartbreak, such tragedy?

Luke tells us that she stored up all these things in her heart. Both
the joy and the pain, both the ecstasy and the sorrow. How would she
survive? The only explanation is her faith, forged as it was in her

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Conchita
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Shiappee
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Lisa
- Sr. Mary Perpetua, Larry Brown, Alex Smith, Josephine, Doug, Eva
Winslow, Charisma, Ron, Betty Jean Wood, Gabriela Garber, Sharon Coe,
Maureen McInerney, Adolfo Serrano, Nestle Joy Escaro, Nicky, Tatiana,
Susan, Spence
- Ester Marcelo
… for the special intentions: San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the personal intentions of Veronica Yap
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Salud Calupitan
- Jose Francisco Figueroa, Barbara Leinonen, Monica Jackson, Edmund
and Esther Hickey, Waymon Tisdale, Chuck Daly, Greg Page, Mary McAtee
Carmen, Saizan, Dan Grosso and Marguerite Pearson
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.
- Priestly Ordination: Fr. Tom O'Gorman, S.J.
- Birthday: Bey Pacheco
- Birthday: Heidi Ver
- Birthday: Victoria Salvador Bowe
- Birthday: Maia Sevilla
… 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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