Monday, September 21, 2009
TUESDAY 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
TUESDAY 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
EZRA 6:7-8, 12B, 14-20
King Darius issued an order to the officials of West-of-Euphrates:
"Let the governor and the elders of the Jews continue the work on that
house of God; they are to rebuild it on its former site. I also issue
this decree concerning your dealing with these elders of the Jews in
the rebuilding of that house of God: From the royal revenue, the taxes
of West-of-Euphrates, let these men be repaid for their expenses, in
full and without delay. I, Darius, have issued this decree; let it be
carefully executed." The elders of the Jews continued to make progress
in the building, supported by the message of the prophets, Haggai and
Zechariah, son of Iddo. They finished the building according to the
command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus and Darius and
of Artaxerxes, king of Persia. They completed this house on the third
day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.
The children of Israel–priests, Levites, and the other returned
exiles- celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy. For
the dedication of this house of God, they offered one hundred bulls,
two hundred rams, and four hundred lambs, together with twelve he-
goats as a sin-offering for all Israel, in keeping with the number of
the tribes of Israel. Finally, they set up the priests in their
classes and the Levites in their divisions for the service of God in
Jerusalem, as is prescribed in the book of Moses. The exiles kept the
Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month. The Levites, every
one of whom had purified himself for the occasion, sacrificed the
Passover for the rest of the exiles, for their brethren the priests,
and for themselves.
The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him but were unable to
join him because of the crowd. He was told, "Your mother and your
brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you." He said to
them in reply, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word
of God and act on it."
Listening is fundamental if we are to be a part of Christ's family.
But listening especially to the Word of God is not only about lending
it an attentive ear but also opening one's heart to it. We are to put
it into practice, to obey to it.
But our tragedy is that we don't listen. Our ears are more at tuned to
flatteries and gossips. We shout out what contradicts our plans and
ideas. Our ears are closed because our hearts are far from God. We are
deaf to the Word of God because it is not appealing and because many
times we don't understand it or wish to understand. Yet in our prayers
we expect God to listen to us. To know the will of God, it is
necessary to listen. St. Paul says —"Faith comes through listening."
The Father declares — "This is my Son. Hear Him." Mary is blessed
because she is accustomed to keep the Words of God faithfully in her
heart. We too can become blessed, be brothers and sisters of Christ by
listening. "Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it."
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Devon Kirvin, Sandy Mardesich, Rosemarie, Jeffers, Larry Brown, Yvie
Livernois, Ramond Cippoletti, Jeannie Goodgion, Dick Ames, Virginia
Sailor, Manny Vargas, Maryellen Henderson, Nancy McCook, Joanne Van
- Francis Torres
- Richy Ozoa
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Inday Tan
… for the personal intentions of
- Sridhar Raj
- Edu and Minette
… Thanksgiving: Germain Button, Jim Surtees
… Birthday: Rosa Maria M. Condor
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Doug Jones, Br. Frank Bracchi, Elanor Faber, Gertrude Dolan, Skip
Miller, Patrick S., Debbie
- Lourdes Ignacio de David
- 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.
- Birthday: Micah M. Del Carmen
- Birthday: Regina V. Morabe
- Birthday: Vilma Magsaysay
- Birthday: Carlos Flavian Santos
- In Memoriam (+): Eugenia Lim Hsia
… for world peace and reconciliation.
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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