Friday, October 02, 2009
SATURDAY 26TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, FRANCIS BORGIA, PRIEST
SATURDAY 26TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
BARUCH 4:5-12, 27-29
Fear not, my people! Remember, Israel, You were sold to the nations
not for your destruction; It was because you angered God that you were
handed over to your foes. For you provoked your Maker with sacrifices
to demons, to no-gods; You forsook the Eternal God who nourished you,
and you grieved Jerusalem who fostered you. She indeed saw coming upon
you the anger of God; and she said: "Hear, you neighbors of Zion! God
has brought great mourning upon me, For I have seen the captivity that
the Eternal God has brought upon my sons and daughters. With joy I
fostered them; but with mourning and lament I let them go. Let no one
gloat over me, a widow, bereft of many: For the sins of my children I
am left desolate, because they turned from the law of God. Fear not,
my children; call out to God! He who brought this upon you will
remember you. As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God,
turn now ten times the more to seek him; For he who has brought
disaster upon you. He will, in saving you, bring you back enduring
The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, "Lord,
even the demons are subject to us because of your name." Jesus said,
"I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I
have given you the power `to tread upon serpents' and scorpions and
upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven." At that very
moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise,
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these
things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the
childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things
have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is
except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to
whom the Son wishes to reveal him." Turning to the disciples in
private he said, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I
say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but
did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."
The truth of the Gospel had been revealed to men and women in both
word and deed. Jesus' words in today's Gospel show what lies at the
heart of Christianity. Fundamentally, Christianity is a matter of
revelation by the Spirit and of citizenship in the kingdom of heaven.
Everything else is an outgrowth of these two wonderful gifts.
Do we ever stop to reflect and thank God for having invited us to be
part of his kingdom? Can we see what a wonderful privilege is
available to us, to receive the Spirit's revelation and to know God's
touch on our hearts? We are not invited just to be a servant of God,
wielding His power for the sake of His kingdom. God wants to make us
his children. He wants to shower us with His affection as any father
would care for his children. Having a personal relationship with God,
and the promise of being with Him forever, this is our heritage as
disciples of Jesus. May the realization of God's gifts make us bold in
loving and serving Him without counting the cost. Let us thank our
Father today for writing our name in the book of life.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Rita, Pam, Angelina, John C, Shelly and Larry
- Francis Torres
- Richy Ozoa
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… In Thanksgiving: Lydia Pe and family
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Angel Pe
- Mrs. Marta Manulit
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: Virginia A. Dimalanta
- In Memoriam (+): Dr. Antonio C. Martinez
- In Memoriam (+): Peter Ong
… 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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