Wednesday, February 24, 2010
THURSDAY 1ST WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
THURSDAY 1ST WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
ESTHER C:12, 14-16, 23-25
Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, had recourse to the LORD.
She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from
morning until evening, and said: "God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and
God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help
but you, for I am taking my life in my hand. As a child I used to hear
from the books of my forefathers that you, O LORD, always free those
who are pleasing to you. Now help me, who am alone and have no one but
you, O LORD, my God. "And now, come to help me, an orphan. Put in my
mouth persuasive words in the presence of the lion and turn his heart
to hatred for our enemy, so that he and those who are in league with
him may perish. Save us from the hand of our enemies; turn our
mourning into gladness and our sorrows into wholeness."
'Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock,
and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks receives;
everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door
opened. Is there anyone among you who would hand his son a stone when
he asked for bread? Or would hand him a snake when he asked for a
fish? If you, then, evil as you are, know how to give your children
what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good
things to those who ask him! 'So always treat others as you would like
them to treat you; that is the Law and the Prophets.
When we relay to God our petitions, do we honestly trust that He will
come through for us? Maybe, we're a bit fearful of the answer we'll
get. Maybe, it's something unexpected, but it's an answer nonetheless.
But, as our faith teaches us, Father really knows what's best.
In general, we probably have no idea what we really want. In fact, we
may not be fully appreciating what we already have. Perhaps, we might
be getting too caught up in the asking for what we want, when it
possibly can be right there in front of us, but we are too distracted
or too busy to notice it. We might be getting too caught up with what
is not essential.
The important things in life cannot be computed in quantity, but more
in quality. How much time have we spent with the people who matter so
much to us: our families, our loved ones? How often have we given of
ourselves to charitable endeavors? How have we served God faithfully
in our church, in our workplace and in other areas of our lives?
In the end, maybe what we should ask is how we can better bring more
glory and honor to Our Lord. Everything else follows after that.
Because when everyone on earth realizes that we are here to look after
each other, we would have no want of anything. Our basic needs would
be tended to and we can busy ourselves in building this kingdom of
love that God asks of us. In that way, perhaps then, all of our
prayers would have truly been answered.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jo Marcelo
- Rita Cuerva
- Ely Lara
- Maripaz Ordonez Ortiz
- Arnold Cabatingan
- Walter Stamatelaky
- Lydia Pe
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
… for the eternal repose of the soul of
- Deogracias Tigno Jr., Deogracias Tigno III, Rolando Alano, Clara
Tigno, Clardeonne Tigno, Leonora Sosa, Arcadia Sosa
- April Yrigan, Marife Fajardo
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: Peter Siam Lim III
- Birthday: Cathie & Careen Jao
- In Memoriam (+): Joseph Chamsay+
- In Memoriam (+): Alfredo Co 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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