Wednesday, September 30, 2009
MEMORIAL, THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX, VIRGIN, DOCTOR
MEMORIAL, THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX, VIRGIN, DOCTOR
THURSDAY 26TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
All the people assembled as one man in the square before the Water
Gate. They told Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of
Moses, which the LORD had commanded for Israel. So on the first day of
the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly,
which was made up of men and women and all who were able to
understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the
square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and
others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively
to the Book of the Law. Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden
platform built for the occasion. Beside him on his right stood
Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah and Maaseiah; and on his
left were Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah
and Meshullam. Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him
because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people
all stood up. Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; and all the people
lifted their hands and responded, "Amen! Amen!" Then they bowed down
and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. The Levites--
Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah,
Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan and Pelaiah--instructed the people in
the Law while the people were standing there. They read from the Book
of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the
people could understand what was being read. Then Nehemiah the
governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were
instructing the people said to them all, "This day is sacred to the
LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep." For all the people had been
weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. Nehemiah said, "Go
and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who
have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve,
for the joy of the LORD is your strength." The Levites calmed all the
people, saying, "Be still, for this is a sacred day. Do not grieve."
Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of
food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the
words that had been made known to them.
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by
two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He
told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the
Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest
field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a
purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. "When
you enter a house, first say, `Peace to this house.' If a man of peace
is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.
Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for
the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
"When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you.
Heal the sick who are there and tell them, `The kingdom of God is near
you.' But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its
streets and say, `Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet
we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is
near.' I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than
for that town.
As Christians, we are to bring the Good News of Christ's peace to
others. Like the 72 disciples, we must be aware of our surroundings.
In a world that often seems increasingly hostile to Christian values,
we are to be persistent in our efforts to tell others of God's love
for all people. Though some may not believe that the Kingdom of God is
at hand, that is precisely what we are to proclaim. It is precisely
what we are to build up in our world. This is no easy assignment, but
as Christians we promise to do no less.
We support with our prayers and financial gifts the work of the Church
in spreading Jesus' message throughout the world. We encourage the
efforts of our parish community to teach God's word to all who seek to
grow in knowledge and love for God. We live our faith at home, in the
workplace, and in the wider community in such a way that our Christian
values are evident. We welcome each opportunity to express our beliefs
to those who show interest. We do all of this with trust and reliance
on Jesus who has called us, who has loved us and has sent us on our
mission. We have received the commission. Now let us be on our way to
carry it out.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Richy Ozoa
- Rita, Pam, Angelina, John C, Shelly and Larry
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the personal intentions of
- Geraldine Tan
… In Thanksgiving: 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: Joan Diane S. Suerte Felipe
- Birthday: Marissa R. Narciso
- Birthday: Rev. Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD
… 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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