Thursday, July 02, 2009
FRIDAY 13TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
FEAST, ST THOMAS, APOSTLE
FRIDAY 13TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but
you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the
household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and
prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the
whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the
Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place
of God in the Spirit.
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when
Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the
Lord." But Thomas said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in
his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into
his side, I will not believe." Now a week later his disciples were
again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors
were locked, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and
bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving,
but believe." Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."
It's easy to be skeptical when the evidence is unavailable. If we
weren't there to witness an extraordinary event, how can we find out
what really happened? We can in some way then relate to Thomas'
situation. He wasn't around when Jesus appeared to the Apostles the
first time, so he refused to fully believe.
There's no grave fault for doubting. We shouldn't be asked to believe
anything anyone tells us. When someone testifies to a miracle, it's
usually wise to be circumspect. We would like to confirm with our own
two eyes before we make the decision to believe.
Thomas finally believed because he saw Jesus. Our faith would no doubt
have jumped if we were in Thomas' shoes. We would no doubt have the
same joyful reaction. We all would exclaim like St. Thomas that we
have indeed been fortunate to be in the presence of "My Lord and My
Jesus calls us to believe as St. Thomas did. We are the ones whom
Jesus cites: the ones who weren't fortunate enough to see Jesus, but
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Ester Marcelo
- Mary Abajon
- Fr. Peter Chuang, SJ
… for the special intentions: San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the personal intentions:
- Veronica Yap
- Hernane B. Suede
- Lina Magcamit
… for the strength and healing of
- Arnold Cabatingan
- Cory Aquino
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Ms. Lolly Chua. 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.
- 60th Wedding Anniversary: Jose & Teodora Ruivivar
- Birthday: Billie Gan
- In Memoriam (+): Douglas L. Abadco
- In Memoriam (+): Raoul J. Villaluz
- In Memoriam (+): Joanna Choa (Oct 29, 1914-July 3, 2008)
… 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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