Thursday, September 03, 2009
FRIDAY 22ND WEEK ORDINARY TIME
FRIDAY 22ND WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Brothers and sisters: Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in
heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or
dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through
him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold
together. He is the head of the Body, the Church. He is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be
preeminent. For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and
through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the Blood
of his cross through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.
The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, "The disciples of John the
Baptist fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the
Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink." Jesus answered them,
"Can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with
them? But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away
from them, then they will fast in those days." And he also told them a
parable. "No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one.
Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it will not match
the old cloak. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled,
and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into
fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires
new, for he says, `The old is good.'"
There's always something quite enticing and intriguing about something
new. It's fresh. It's the latest. It's "in". Everyone would seem to
talk about it and we would want to be a part of it.
On the other hand, we have the old practices. They may consist of the
old traditions, the usual, the routine, and the ordinary things.
Another name for the old practices may be the "comfort zone," where
things are familiar and we feel safe in doing the same things over and
Jesus challenges us to initiate ourselves with the unfamiliar. He
challenges us to get out of our comfort zones and try different ideas.
It may be something like singing a new song or simply singing an old
song with a new tune. The point is to try something different or see
it from a different point of view.
To discern, develop, and transform from the old to the new requires
commitment. It may require a review of our values and morals and
perhaps even time and effort to change. What is important is that we
are willing and dedicated to do it.
Let us pray that we will become more open, as we renew ourselves in
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Richy Ozoa
- Ely Lara
- Lydia, Keempee and Kevin
- Kurt Czyrell
- Arnold Cabatingan
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the personal intentions of Pvijay
… for the safety of San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Teresa Antoinette Bagaipo
- Cesca Aguilar
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Genoveva Mendoza. 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: Patrick Lawrence N. Sy
- Birthday: Steve Yu
- In Memoriam (+): Pastor Navarro
… 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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