Saturday, October 03, 2009



OCTOBER 4, 2009

Reading 1 - Gn 2:18-24
The LORD God said: "It is not good for the man to be alone.
I will make a suitable partner for him."
So the LORD God formed out of the ground
various wild animals and various birds of the air,
and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;
whatever the man called each of them would be its name.
The man gave names to all the cattle,
all the birds of the air, and all wild animals;
but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.
So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man,
and while he was asleep,
he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.
The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib
that he had taken from the man.
When he brought her to the man, the man said:
"This one, at last, is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one shall be called 'woman, '
for out of 'her man' this one has been taken."
That is why a man leaves his father and mother
and clings to his wife,
and the two of them become one flesh.

Reading II - Heb 2:9-11
Brothers and sisters:
He "for a little while" was made "lower than the angels, "
that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
For it was fitting that he,
for whom and through whom all things exist,
in bringing many children to glory,
should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated
all have one origin.
Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them "brothers."

Gospel - Mk 10:2-16 or 10:2-12
The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked,
"Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?"
They were testing him.
He said to them in reply, "What did Moses command you?"
They replied,
"Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce
and dismiss her."
But Jesus told them,
"Because of the hardness of your hearts
he wrote you this commandment.
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.
So they are no longer two but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate."
In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.
He said to them,
"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another,
she commits adultery."
And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
"Let the children come to me;
do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to
such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it."
Then he embraced them and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.

In our times today, there are people who do not believe in marriage.
They claim "Why get tied down when live-in is a possibility?"
Commitment seemingly becomes a hindrance to true freedom. Yet, we know
that it is only when we commit ourselves, we truly become free. We are
freer to love the other person and think of their welfare. Some would
say that it is just a document that would attest to the state of these
persons. Why go for an extra step of marriage when love is already
present? Exactly, it is borne out of love that people would want to
share and announce it to all. Hence, we say about premarital
practices: just because many people do it does not make it right.

In the light of the seeming lack of appreciation and understanding of
the Sacrament of Marriage particularly with the popularity of divorce,
Jesus invites us then to ponder on the original plan of God, that is,
when a man leaves his father and mother and stays with his wife, and
the two of them become one flesh. Such union of man and woman is
destined forever. It then becomes a response to live in fidelity to
the call of God.

The Good News is an invitation to a better appreciation and
understanding of the Sacrament of Matrimony as originally envisioned
by God. For those who have stayed together, we pray that the Lord will
continue to bless your union. For those who have parted ways, one has
to seek the necessary steps to give the marriage another chance. And
for those who are thinking of marriage, please think not only twice
but many times of the commitment you are seriously considering. If you
are truly ready because of the love and respect you have for one
another, then you can be assured that God will provide whatever is
necessary in order to keep that marriage. In doing so, you truly
become sacraments of God, an actual witnessing of God's presence in
our midst.

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
- Shiappee
- Richy Ozoa
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Lisa
… In Thanksgiving: Lydia Pe and family
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Angel Pe
- Dominador F. Rodriguez
- 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!

Parish Priests' e-mail:
Fr. J. Cesar R. Marin, S. J.

Assistant Parish Priests' e-mails:
Fr. R. Hart, S. J.
Fr. Thomas O'Gorman, S. J.

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