Wednesday, August 25, 2010



AUGUST 26, 2010

Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and
Sosthenes, our brother, to the church of God in Corinth, to those who
have been consecrated in Christ Jesus and called to be God's holy
people, with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ, their Lord as well as ours. Grace to you and peace from
God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I am continually thanking
God about you, for the grace of God which you have been given in
Christ Jesus; in him you have been richly endowed in every kind of
utterance and knowledge; so firmly has witness to Christ taken root in
you. And so you are not lacking in any gift as you wait for our Lord
Jesus Christ to be revealed; he will continue to give you strength
till the very end, so that you will be irreproachable on the Day of
our Lord Jesus Christ. You can rely on God, who has called you to be
partners with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

MATTHEW 24:42-51
'So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is
coming. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had
known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have
stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the
wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son
of man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 'Who, then, is the wise
and trustworthy servant whom the master placed over his household to
give them their food at the proper time? Blessed that servant if his
master's arrival finds him doing exactly that. In truth I tell you, he
will put him in charge of everything he owns. But if the servant is
dishonest and says to himself, "My master is taking his time," and
sets about beating his fellow-servants and eating and drinking with
drunkards, his master will come on a day he does not expect and at an
hour he does not know. The master will cut him off and send him to the
same fate as the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and grinding
of teeth.'

You would think that with all our scientific advances and
technological know-how, people would immediately brand pursuits such
as fortune telling as irrational and foolish. There is just no way to
accurately predict the future 100%, and deep down inside, every
sensible person knows this. Despite this, countless people spend an
immeasurable amount of time and money on the latest manghuhula,
"visionary", or feng shui master. All this is driven by a need to be
forewarned – if we knew what was coming, we could prepare for it and
take the necessary measures for a favorable outcome.

We don't need a crystal ball to know this: it is guaranteed beyond
question that one day we will all die. As members of Christ's Church,
however, we believe that death is our entryway to eternal life. Given
this, a "favorable outcome" would naturally be to go to God's heavenly

While it is true that our Savior will return "like a thief in the
night", as today's Gospel describes, perhaps we should focus more on
the certainty of his return rather than the uncertainty of the exact
time. Because we know for sure that our mortal lives will one day come
to an end, we should already be preparing for what comes next. All the
steps are outlined in Sacred Scripture and in Church Doctrine, so
there's really not much mystery involved.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres, Francis Torres, Luis Torres
- See Yung Hui
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Titong V.
- Mark Mallett, Fr. Daniel Dubroy, Alexander Chung
- Vince and Cecile
- Patrick and Mary Ann
- J.E.S.
- Josheil Dapo
- Jazmine and Brenda
- Cherie Torres
… Birthday: Ramon Yap
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Avelina Sesaldo, William Guanzon, Asilda Guanzon
- Raul, Epifania, Leoncio, Josefina, Lumeng, Juan Sr.
- Rosario Cadag Malagueno & Regina Malagueno Lopez
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: Edwin C. Inocentes
- Birthday: Pierre Angeli Dee
- Wedding Anniversary: Manuel & Milagros Tagle
- In Memoriam (+): Edgardo Diama
… 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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