Tuesday, March 16, 2010



MARCH 17, 2010

ISAIAH 49:8-15
Thus says Yahweh: At the time of my favour I have answered you, on the
day of salvation I have helped you. I have formed you and have
appointed you to be the covenant for a people, to restore the land, to
return ravaged properties, to say to prisoners, 'Come out,' to those
who are in darkness, 'Show yourselves.' Along the roadway they will
graze, and any bare height will be their pasture. They will never
hunger or thirst, scorching wind and sun will never plague them; for
he who pities them will lead them, will guide them to springs of
water. I shall turn all my mountains into a road and my highways will
be raised aloft. Look! Here they come from far away, look, these from
the north and the west, those from the land of Sinim. Shout for joy,
you heavens; earth, exult! Mountains, break into joyful cries! For
Yahweh has consoled his people, is taking pity on his afflicted ones.
Zion was saying, 'Yahweh has abandoned me, the Lord has forgotten me.'
Can a woman forget her baby at the breast, feel no pity for the child
she has borne? Even if these were to forget, I shall not forget you.

JOHN 5:17-30
His answer to them was, 'My Father still goes on working, and I am at
work, too.' But that only made the Jews even more intent on killing
him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he spoke of God
as his own Father and so made himself God's equal. To this Jesus
replied: In all truth I tell you, by himself the Son can do nothing;
he can do only what he sees the Father doing: and whatever the Father
does the Son does too. For the Father loves the Son and shows him
everything he himself does, and he will show him even greater things
than these, works that will astonish you. Thus, as the Father raises
the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to anyone he
chooses; for the Father judges no one; he has entrusted all judgement
to the Son, so that all may honour the Son as they honour the Father.
Whoever refuses honour to the Son refuses honour to the Father who
sent him. In all truth I tell you, whoever listens to my words, and
believes in the one who sent me, has eternal life; without being
brought to judgement such a person has passed from death to life. In
all truth I tell you, the hour is coming -- indeed it is already here
-- when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and all who
hear it will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has
granted the Son also to have life in himself; and, because he is the
Son of man, has granted him power to give judgement. Do not be
surprised at this, for the hour is coming when the dead will leave
their graves at the sound of his voice: those who did good will come
forth to life; and those who did evil will come forth to judgement. By
myself I can do nothing; I can judge only as I am told to judge, and
my judging is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will
of him who sent me.

The reading for today tells us of Jesus' affirmation of his equality
with God the Father who sent him – he never stops working as the
Father goes on working, even on the Sabbath; he performs miracles, not
only healing the sick but raising the dead and bringing them back to
life; and he is one with the Father in his power to give spiritual
life for all eternity to those who listen to him. Jesus tells us that
"the hour is coming – indeed it is already here – when the dead will
hear the voice of the Son of God, and all who hear it will live." In
other words, even in this life ("indeed it is already here"), through
the merits of Jesus' redeeming death on the cross, we already share
spiritual union with God. Have we listened to and accepted Christ, so
that we are, here and now, already sharing in his eternal life? Or did
we reject him?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Lydia Pe
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jessy
- Jo Marcelo
- Huey
- Ely Lara
- Rita Cuerva
… for the personal intentions of
- Don V.
- Pauline
.. Birthday:
- Hernane B. Suede
- Elsbeth Llama
- Nelson Olitoguit
- Karen Lim
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Patricia Y. Ong
- Birthday: Karlo P. Sy
- Birthday: EJ E. Rivera
- Birthday: Arturo Dee
- Birthday: PJ Capati
- Birthday: Kendrick Furukawa ( lst Birthday)
- Thanksgiving: Buting Women's Club & Puericulture Center (Club
- Wedding Anniversary: Tama & Christina Ng
- In Memoriam (+): Miguel Gaw Te
- In Memoriam (+): Caridad Ongkee Tansengco
- In Memoriam (+): Paul Sim Sr. (Jan 4, 1914 - Mar 17, 1987)
… 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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