Friday, April 02, 2010
GENESIS 1:1--2:2 OR 1:1, 26-31
In the beginning God created heaven and earth. God said, 'Let us make
man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves, and let them be
masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all
the wild animals and all the creatures that creep along the ground.'
God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he
created him, male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying
to them, 'Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. Be
masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven and all the living
creatures that move on earth.' God also said, 'Look, to you I give all
the seed-bearing plants everywhere on the surface of the earth, and
all the trees with seed-bearing fruit; this will be your food. And to
all the wild animals, all the birds of heaven and all the living
creatures that creep along the ground, I give all the foliage of the
plants as their food.' And so it was. God saw all he had made, and
indeed it was very good. Evening came and morning came: the sixth day.
You cannot have forgotten that all of us, when we were baptized into
Christ Jesus, were baptized into his death. So by our baptism into his
death we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the
dead by the Father's glorious power, we too should begin living a new
life. If we have been joined to him by dying a death like his, so we
shall be by a resurrection like his; realizing that our former self
was crucified with him, so that the self which belonged to sin should
be destroyed and we should be freed from the slavery of sin. Someone
who has died, of course, no longer has to answer for sin. But we
believe that, if we died with Christ, then we shall live with him too.
We know that Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die
again. Death has no power over him any more. For by dying, he is dead
to sin once and for all, and now the life that he lives is life with
God. In the same way, you must see yourselves as being dead to sin but
alive for God in Christ Jesus.
On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, they went to
the tomb with the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone
had been rolled away from the tomb, but on entering they could not
find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled about
this, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side.
Terrified, the women bowed their heads to the ground. But the two said
to them, 'Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? He is not
here; he has risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in
Galilee: that the Son of man was destined to be handed over into the
power of sinful men and be crucified, and rise again on the third
day.' And they remembered his words. And they returned from the tomb
and told all this to the Eleven and to all the others. The women were
Mary of Magdala, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. And the other
women with them also told the apostles, but this story of theirs
seemed pure nonsense, and they did not believe them. Peter, however,
went off to the tomb, running. He bent down and looked in and saw the
linen cloths but nothing else; he then went back home, amazed at what
It was the women of Jerusalem, during the fearful Passion of the
Cross, who showed that they cared, who cried out against the injustice
of Christ's torture and suffering, who dared to cross the line and
wipe the bloody face of Christ.
And the next day, at the crack of dawn, when some kind of mist of
silence fell upon the land, it was the women again who came in a show
of love to administer to the fallen Christ.
In a time when women were considered less than men, it took a
tremendous courage to go against the grain of popular being – and
inner strength to make a show of their concern.
Thus it was, at the hush between night and dawn, that they were
favored to be the first to proclaim to the world what was to be the
greatest mystery of all time!
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Gaudencio Ogatis. 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: Veronica Rodrigo
- Birthday: Julian Paul Reyes
- Birthday: Ramon Jose S. Gregorio
- In Memoriam (+): Lorenzo Y. Co (Feb 16, 1916-Apr 3, 1996)+
… 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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