Monday, January 04, 2010



JANUARY 5, 2010

1 JOHN 4:7-10
My dear friends, let us love one another, since love is from God and
everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever fails to
love does not know God, because God is love. This is the revelation of
God's love for us, that God sent his only Son into the world that we
might have life through him. Love consists in this: it is not we who
loved God, but God loved us and sent his Son to expiate our sins.

MARK 6:34-44
So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them
because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to
teach them at some length. By now it was getting very late, his
disciples came up to him and said, 'This is a lonely place and it is
getting very late, so send them away, and they can go to the farms and
villages round about, to buy themselves something to eat.' He replied,
'Give them something to eat yourselves.' They answered, 'Are we to go
and spend two hundred denarii on bread for them to eat?' He asked,
'How many loaves have you? Go and see.' And when they had found out
they said, 'Five, and two fish.' Then he ordered them to get all the
people to sit down in groups on the green grass, and they sat down on
the ground in squares of hundreds and fifties. Then he took the five
loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the
blessing; then he broke the loaves and began handing them to his
disciples to distribute among the people. He also shared out the two
fish among them all. They all ate as much as they wanted. They
collected twelve basketfuls of scraps of bread and pieces of fish.
Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.

In today's first reading, St. John emphasizes that the initiative for
love that comes from God and not from us. God does not love us just
because we love or obey him. So, what, then, do we mean by "love" in
our reading today?

C.S. Lewis, the Christian writer, once wrote a book called "The Four
Loves". One of these is "agape", the form of love that John is talking
about. "Agape" is: "a passionate desire for the well-being of the
other". This is the love that God unconditionally extends to all his
creatures without exception. It is the love that each of us must also
extend to every one of our brothers and sisters again and again,
without a single exception. It is an outreaching love; an
unconditional love; it does not depend on mood, liking or disliking.
It is based purely and simply on the need and on the good of the

Today, let us go and pass on his love for us to everyone we meet.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Brenda
- Don
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jessy
- Fe
… for the personal intentions of:
- Med Villanueva
- Enrique and Eufrocina Navarro and family
- Mary Anne Atencio
- Esther Sompud (
- Jazmine
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Gloria Diaz Maralit
- Antonio Lorete
- Pablo David
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: Andrea S. Lim
- Birthday: Anthony C. Pineda
- Birthday: Letty C. Escamillan
- Birthday: Macario Te
- Birthday: Martina L. Suyosa
- Birthday: Philip S. Del Carmen
- Birthday: Sabino Yao Bate
- Wedding Anniversary: Crispin & Evelyn Balingit
- In Memoriam (+) Emiliano Villegas (Jan 5 1923- July 31, 1995)
… 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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