Sunday, November 01, 2009



NOVEMBER 2, 2009

WISDOM 3:1-6, 9
But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall
touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and
their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth
from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. For if before men,
indeed, they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality;
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried
them and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he
proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth, and the faithful shall
abide with him in love: Because grace and mercy are with his holy
ones, and his care is with the elect.

ROMANS 6:3-9
Brothers and sisters: Are you unaware that we who were baptized into
Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with
him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised
from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness
of life. For if we have grown into union with him through a death like
his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection. We know
that our old self was crucified with him, so that our sinful body
might be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.
For a dead person has been absolved from sin. If, then, we have died
with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. We know that
Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power
over him.

JOHN 11:17-27
When Jesus arrived in Bethany, he found that Lazarus had already been
in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about
two miles away. And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to
comfort them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was
coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to
Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you."
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise." Martha said to him, "I
know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus told
her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, even
if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will
never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have
come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who
is coming into the world."

The practice of praying for the dead, the offering of Mass intentions,
the visiting of graves, they all make sense if we believe the
foundational truth of Christianity. Because Jesus is raised into
newness of life, into fullness of life by God's glory, there is hope
for us. The song entitled "You raise me up", speaks to us of the
reason for our hope. It says: "You raise me up so I can stand on
mountains. You raise me up to walk on stormy seas. I am strong when I
am on your shoulders. You raise me up, to more than I can be."

It is that raising up that anchors the Feast of All Souls. It is that
end-time summation of all we are and hoped to be. Like a reunion with
a long lost family member or friend, the will of the Father is to have
us with him. But there is a second raising up that we celebrate today.
It is the raising up of our prayers for the deceased. Because we love
them, because they have been so much a part of our lives, we raise
them up in prayer to God. We hope that just as our love made a
difference in their living, so our love will raise them up to union
with God.

Today and the month of November are dedicated to remembering and
praying for the dead. Let us spend some time in prayer lifting up
those who have gone before us and being lifted up by their lives and

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Rita Cuerva
- Ely Lara
… Birthday: Wendy
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Jose Valera
- Go So
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: Dr. Victor N. Nañagas, Jr.
- Birthday: Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, S.J.
- Birthday: Kitay E. Español
- Birthday: John Braganza
- Birthday: Dr. Zenaida Rotea
- Prayer Intention: Philip & Lucy Ong & Family
- Birthday: Ramona Chua Hwan +
- In Memoriam (+): Li Emilio
- In Memoriam (+): Carolina Ines
… 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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