Monday, March 22, 2010



MARCH 23, 2010

NUMBERS 21:4-9
They left Mount Hor by the road to the Sea of Suph, to skirt round
Edom. On the way the people lost patience. They spoke against God and
against Moses, 'Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in the
desert? For there is neither food nor water here; we are sick of this
meagre diet.' At this, God sent fiery serpents among the people; their
bite brought death to many in Israel. The people came and said to
Moses, 'We have sinned by speaking against Yahweh and against you.
Intercede for us with Yahweh to save us from these serpents.' Moses
interceded for the people, and Yahweh replied, 'Make a fiery serpent
and raise it as a standard. Anyone who is bitten and looks at it will
survive.' Moses then made a serpent out of bronze and raised it as a
standard, and anyone who was bitten by a serpent and looked at the
bronze serpent survived.

JOHN 8:21-30
Again he said to them: I am going away; you will look for me and you
will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come. So the Jews
said to one another, 'Is he going to kill himself, that he says,
"Where I am going, you cannot come?" ' Jesus went on: You are from
below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
I have told you already: You will die in your sins. Yes, if you do not
believe that I am He, you will die in your sins. So they said to him,
'Who are you?' Jesus answered: What I have told you from the outset.
About you I have much to say and much to judge; but the one who sent
me is true, and what I declare to the world I have learnt from him.
They did not recognise that he was talking to them about the Father.
So Jesus said: When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will
know that I am He and that I do nothing of my own accord. What I say
is what the Father has taught me; he who sent me is with me, and has
not left me to myself, for I always do what pleases him. As he was
saying this, many came to believe in him.

As baptized Christians we belong to God, as a son belongs to his
father. The devil is a thief, and his chief delight is to steal God's
most precious possessions-his sons and daughters. He cannot steal us
by brute force, but must convince us to renounce our birthright
willingly by committing sin. It would seem an impossible task to
convince a prince to swap his palace for a pigsty, but the devil is up
to the challenge. He is the father of lies, and we must not
underestimate his power. He is an expert deceiver and knows just how
to persuade us to exchange our priceless inheritance for a bowl of
moldy lentils. This is sin, a deception of huge proportions. If only
we saw this as clearly as Jesus did, we would never sin again.

Surely, we all want to please God but our desires are still so mixed.
We need to be purified in the crucible of suffering, so that only the
gold of our selfless desire to please God and help others remains. Let
us ask Jesus to teach us to see the world as he sees it, with a great
supernatural spirit, so that like him, we will value the things of
heaven more than the things here below. It should be our one desire to
belong to God alone. Let us totally abandon ourselves to God's holy
will. Let us never sell our heavenly birthright for the measly
pleasures of the world here below.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the personal intentions of
- Ma. Angeli
- Josheil Dapo
… In Thanksgiving: Josheil Dapo
… for the eternal repose of the soul of
- Dr. Juanito A.Vergel de Dios
Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him.
May he and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Beatrix Atienza
- Wedding Anniversary: Raul & Susan Aquino
- In Memoriam (+): Peter Ong. Sr.
… 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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