Sunday, March 14, 2010



MARCH 15, 2010

ISAIAH 65:17-21
For look, I am going to create new heavens and a new earth, and the
past will not be remembered and will come no more to mind. Rather be
joyful, be glad for ever at what I am creating, for look, I am
creating Jerusalem to be 'Joy' and my people to be 'Gladness'. I shall
be joyful in Jerusalem and I shall rejoice in my people. No more will
the sound of weeping be heard there, nor the sound of a shriek; never
again will there be an infant there who lives only a few days, nor an
old man who does not run his full course; for the youngest will die at
a hundred, and at a hundred the sinner will be accursed. They will
build houses and live in them, they will plant vineyards and eat their

JOHN 4:43-54
When the two days were over Jesus left for Galilee. He himself had
declared that a prophet is not honoured in his own home town. On his
arrival the Galileans received him well, having seen all that he had
done at Jerusalem during the festival which they too had attended. He
went again to Cana in Galilee, where he had changed the water into
wine. And there was a royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum;
hearing that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judaea, he went and
asked him to come and cure his son, as he was at the point of death.
Jesus said to him, 'Unless you see signs and portents you will not
believe!' 'Sir,' answered the official, 'come down before my child
dies.' 'Go home,' said Jesus, 'your son will live.' The man believed
what Jesus had said and went on his way home; and while he was still
on the way his servants met him with the news that his boy was alive.
He asked them when the boy had begun to recover. They replied, 'The
fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.' The father realised
that this was exactly the time when Jesus had said, 'Your son will
live'; and he and all his household believed. This new sign, the
second, Jesus performed on his return from Judaea to Galilee.

God called into being what did not exist. He animates creatures, in
Him we have life. There is perfect joy and contentment reflected in
the image of Paradise. Why then, in the first reading, does Isaiah
speak about a new heavens and new earth when supposedly there is
already perfect joy and contentment? What happened to the first
creation that there is a need to recreate it?

Creation observed all the natural order of nature. It was man that
destroyed this order. Man wanted to be God. In our pride we decide to
run our own lives according to our concupiscence and reason but not
according to the plan of God. Consequently we experienced division,
destruction, selfishness. Yet we know that we are supposed to be
spiritual. "I cannot understand my own behavior. I fail to carry out
the things I want to do, and I find myself doing the very things I
hate. For the will to do what is good is in me, the performance is
not." (Rom 7: 15.18) That is why we need Jesus Christ to restore the
original order in our lives and to reintroduce us again to the joy of
Eden. This interior renewal is made through the sacrament of Baptism.
We become new people now capable of obeying God our Creator and
Father. The healing of the royal official's son in the gospel is our
image. We are restored to life thanks to God and the love of Christ.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Alejandro Legaspi
- Lydia Pe
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jessy
- Jo Marcelo
- Huey
… for the personal intentions of
- Mary Wong
- Don V.
… for the personal intentions and guidance of the Atrero Family
.. Birthday:
- John Gamit
- Auds San Agustin
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Crisente Gestiada
- Birthday: Fr. Daniel Patrick L. Huang, S.J.
- Birthday: Rudy Sim
- In Memoriam (+): Gorgonia B. Lopez-Tan
… for world peace and reconciliation.

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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