Tuesday, July 21, 2009



JULY 22, 2009

For the love of Christ impels us, once we have come to the conviction
that one died for all; therefore, all have died. He indeed died for
all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but
for him who for their sake died and was raised. Consequently, from now
on we regard no one according to the flesh; even if we once knew
Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him so no longer. So
whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed
away; behold, new things have come.

JOHN 20:1-2, 11-18
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in
the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from
the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple
whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They have taken the Lord from the
tomb, and we don't know where they put him." Mary stayed outside the
tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two
angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, "Woman, why
are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken my Lord, and I
don't know where they laid him." When she had said this, she turned
around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said
to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" She
thought it was the gardener and said to him, "Sir, if you carried him
away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him." Jesus said to
her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni," which
means Teacher. Jesus said to her, "Stop holding on to me, for I have
not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them,
`I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"
Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the
Lord," and then reported what he told her.

Today's first reading reads that "the love of Christ holds us" and
that "He died for all" and so we live "for him who died and rose again
for [us]" as new creatures.

In our weakness we keep returning to our old selves, excusing our
faults with "we are only human." This first reading should serve to
strengthen us, affirm us and encourage us to live our faith as a
people transformed from an attitude of life only for ourselves. The
resurrected Jesus lives on in us only if we live as new creatures,
with others seeing Jesus alive in us by the way we live in kindness,
truth and justice.

How much of this new self do people see in us?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the special intentions:
- Jennette
- Marlon Llamas
- Dapo family
- Net
… for the healing of:
- Shaider Ilagan
- Monica Oral
- Gillian Ponce de Leon
- Benjamin Abarado
- Melba Dayata
- Cory Aquino
… for the speedy recovery and healing of:
- Rolando Antonio
… for the safety of the people of Sri Lanka, those affected by unrest
and terrorism
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Sr. Pilar Santos, OP
- Ernie Rodriguez
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.
- In Memoriam (+): Jose C. Maristela (Feb 4, 1916-Jul 22, 1978)+
- In Memoriam (+): Julian Uy Jr. (Oct 5, 1945-Jul 22, 2002)+
… 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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