Tuesday, September 22, 2009



SEPTEMBER 23, 2009

EZRA 9:5-9
At the time of the evening sacrifice, I, Ezra, rose in my
wretchedness, and with cloak and mantle torn I fell on my knees,
stretching out my hands to the LORD, my God. I said: "My God, I am too
ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you, O my God, for our
wicked deeds are heaped up above our heads and our guilt reaches up to
heaven. From the time of our fathers even to this day great has been
our guilt, and for our wicked deeds we have been delivered up, we and
our kings and our priests, to the will of the kings of foreign lands,
to the sword, to captivity, to pillage, and to disgrace, as is the
case today. "And now, but a short time ago, mercy came to us from the
LORD, our God, who left us a remnant and gave us a stake in his holy
place; thus our God has brightened our eyes and given us relief in our
servitude. For slaves we are, but in our servitude our God has not
abandoned us; rather, he has turned the good will of the kings of
Persia toward us. Thus he has given us new life to raise again the
house of our God and restore its ruins, and has granted us a fence in
Judah and Jerusalem."

LUKE 9:1-6
Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all
demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom
of God and to heal the sick. He said to them, "Take nothing for the
journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let
no one take a second tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there and
leave from there. And as for those who do not welcome you, when you
leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against
them." Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming
the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

As Jesus sent his disciples to continue his mission of preaching and
healing, he asked them to bring nothing. He told them not to be
worried about material things as they went on their mission because
God will provide what they would need. Material things and attachments
will only slow them down in bringing the good news to others. The
disciples, in preaching the Gospel, are to fully and completely rely
and trust in God. Bringing nothing as they carried their message to
others was indeed a great challenge for them.

Can we take the same challenge of letting go of our attachments as we
embark on our journey in life? Our lives are often cluttered with
temporal and worldly affairs. We are surrounded by our possessions,
ambitions, vanities and prejudices. All these impede and stop us from
following Christ. If we truly want to follow the path Christ leads us,
then we should let go and be free of these worldly attachments. By
doing so, we can all the better love and serve God.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Shiappee
- Richy Ozoa
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Lisa
- Inday Tan
… for the personal intentions of
- Sridhar Raj
- Veronica Yap
- Edu and Minette
… for the eternal repose of the souls of 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: Irene Nacilla King
- Birthday: Toby N. Morabe
… 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!

Parish Priests' e-mail:
Fr. J. Cesar R. Marin, S. J. parishpriest@marythequeen.org

Assistant Parish Priests' e-mails:
Fr. R. Hart, S. J. rodneyhart@marythequeen.org
Fr. Thomas O'Gorman, S. J. thogorman@marythequeen.org

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