Monday, September 14, 2009
MEMORIAL, OUR LADY OF SORROWS
MEMORIAL, OUR LADY OF SORROWS
TUESDAY 24TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
1 TIMOTHY 3:1-13
Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an
overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above
reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled,
respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not
violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must
manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with
proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family,
how can he take care of God's church?) He must not be a recent
convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment
as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so
that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not
indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must
keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them,
let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives are to be
women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and
trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be the husband of but one
wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who
have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in
their faith in Christ Jesus.
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's
sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw
his mother and the disciple there whom he loved he said to his mother,
"Woman, behold, your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your
mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
Today's feast focuses on the way Mary shared in the suffering of Jesus
her Son. Our Lady of Sorrows is one of her many titles. She is also
the Queen of Martyrs because she suffered a new kind of martyrdom. As
a mother, Mary witnessed her innocent Son, the one whom she loves with
her whole being cruelly tormented and put to death. According to St.
Alphonsus, this was the 5th sword that pierced her heart. When Mary
presented the infant Christ in the temple, Simeon prophesied that a
"sword will pierce her heart." Pope John Paul II commented in
Redemptoris Mater that this was the 2nd Annunciation. "She will have
to live her obedience of faith in suffering at the side of the
suffering Savior and that her motherhood will be mysterious and
sorrowful." "Every torture inflicted on the body of Jesus", says St.
Jerome "was a wound in the heart of Mary". Under the cross Mary was
offering the life of her Son to the Father for our salvation. She was
cooperating with Christ for our redemption. By her sorrow she was
leading us to eternal salvation.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Richy Ozoa
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Inday Tan
… for the personal intentions of Dapo family
… for the safety of San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Raul and Epifania Ylaya
- Rustico Banaag
- Fausta Uson Cruz
- Lourdes Antonio
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: Mr. & Mrs. Santiago Gancayco, Sr.
… 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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