Thursday, October 08, 2009
FRIDAY 27TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, DENIS AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS, JOHN LEONARDI, PRIEST
FRIDAY 27TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
JOEL 1:13-15; 2:1-2
Gird yourselves and weep, O priests! wail, ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God! The house
of your God is deprived of offering and libation. Proclaim a fast,
call an assembly; Gather the elders, all who dwell in the land, into
the house of the LORD, your God, and cry to the LORD! Alas, the day!
for near is the day of the LORD, and it comes as ruin from the
Almighty. Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy
mountain! Let all who dwell in the land tremble, for the day of the
LORD is coming; Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and of gloom, a day
of clouds and somberness! Like dawn spreading over the mountains, a
people numerous and mighty! Their like has not been from of old, nor
will it be after them, even to the years of distant generations.
When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: "By the
power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons."
Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew
their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself
will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is
divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that
it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out
demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out?
Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God
that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are
safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he
takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils.
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with
me scatters. "When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams
through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, `I
shall return to my home from which I came.' But upon returning, it
finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back
seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell
there, and the last condition of that man is worse than the first."
Divide and conquer is a tactic used to overcome an adversary. When the
forces have been split up, the opponent defeats each force due to
their separately diminished numbers. When we refuse to stand fast with
Christ, we allow ourselves to become easy targets for the enemy. The
strongest bond is a unified front with Our Lord. When we are alone
when we come face to face with challenges — doubt, anxiety,
insincerity, insecurity — and allow these to affect us, we are easily
We have to keep our guard and our strength. If we slowly become
complacent with our faith we easily become targets for those who wish
to harm us.
For Christians, prayer is our training. As long we continuously keep
in touch with God, our source of strength, we will endure. There's
absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help. Fighting to stay pure
and true is made easier with the support of others. Staying rooted in
the truth of Jesus' teachings, shall help us not to waver.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Stephen Francis Shaughnessy
- Sergio delos Santos
- Dwight Rosario Quiaoit
- Veronica de Castro
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Albert de Guzman
… Thanksgiving: Elizabeth Castro-Gosioco
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Raul and Epifania Ylaya
- Edith Nakpil Rabat
- Mrs. Inday Tan
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: Ellery S. Lim
- Birthday: Elvira Sy-Kaw (Oct 10)
- Birthday: Willy O. Sy
- Birthday: Irene Dee
- Birthday: Kelly Lim Bate
- Birthday: Cora Chiong
… 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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