Tuesday, September 29, 2009



SEPTEMBER 30, 2009

In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when
wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I
had not been sad in his presence before; so the king asked me, "Why
does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing
but sadness of heart." I was very much afraid, but I said to the king,
"May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the
city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have
been destroyed by fire?" The king said to me, "What is it you want?"
Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, "If it
pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let
him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I
can rebuild it." Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him,
asked me, "How long will your journey take, and when will you get
back?" It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time. I also said to
him, "If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of
Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I
arrive in Judah? And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the
king's forest, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates
of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the
residence I will occupy?" And because the gracious hand of my God was
upon me, the king granted my requests.

LUKE 9:57-62
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow
you wherever you go." Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of
the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
He said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first
let me go and bury my father." Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury
their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Still
another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and
say good-by to my family." Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to
the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."

In today's Gospel reading, three men come to Jesus and tell him they
want to follow him. When Jesus tells them what they have to sacrifice
and leave behind to follow him, they were not ready and instead gave
excuses. These three men were not ready to leave behind their
families, their desires, and their affairs. They wanted to follow
Jesus but in their own terms and within their comfort zones.

Sad to say, many of us are like these men. We want to follow Christ
but we are not willing to give up our possessions and ambitions. We
give our conditions that suit us before we follow Christ. We are ready
to follow Christ as long as it does not interfere with our time,
family, career, etc. We give a thousand reasons why we cannot yet
follow Christ when we are called. We are still too attached with our
temporal needs. We are not ready to perform acts of sacrifice and be
totally committed in living a life like Christ. To become a true
follower of Christ, we should willingly surrender our life and our
will to him.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Lisa
- Inday Tan
- Francis Torres
- Shiappee
- Richy Ozoa
- Rita, Pam, Angelina, John C, Shelly and Larry
… for the personal intentions of
- Edu and Minette
- Pauline
- Geraldine Tan
… In Thanksgiving:
- for the answered prayers of Mike
- Lydia Pe and family
… for the victims of typhoon Ondoy
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Angel Pe. Eternal rest grant
unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all the
dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Melody W. Lim
- Birthday: Msgr. Hernando "Ding" Coronel
- Birthday: Erin Rosca
- Birthday: Ma. Cristina F. Bate
- Wedding Anniversary: Lourdes & Jose Limchutick
- Wedding Anniversary: Virginia & Angelo L. Yu
- Wedding Anniversary: Judge Demy & Sophie Macapagal
- In Memoriam (+) Teresita Dee
… 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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