Sunday, August 29, 2010



AUGUST 30, 2010

Now when I came to you, brothers, I did not come with any brilliance
of oratory or wise argument to announce to you the mystery of God. I
was resolved that the only knowledge I would have while I was with you
was knowledge of Jesus, and of him as the crucified Christ. I came
among you in weakness, in fear and great trembling and what I spoke
and proclaimed was not meant to convince by philosophical argument,
but to demonstrate the convincing power of the Spirit, so that your
faith should depend not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

LUKE 4:16-30
He came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went into the
synagogue on the Sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read,
and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the
scroll he found the place where it is written: The spirit of the Lord
is on me, for he has anointed me to bring the good news to the
afflicted. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives, sight to
the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim a year of favour
from the Lord. He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the
assistant and sat down. And all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on
him. Then he began to speak to them, 'This text is being fulfilled
today even while you are listening.' And he won the approval of all,
and they were astonished by the gracious words that came from his
lips. They said, 'This is Joseph's son, surely?' But he replied, 'No
doubt you will quote me the saying, "Physician, heal yourself," and
tell me, "We have heard all that happened in Capernaum, do the same
here in your own country." ' And he went on, 'In truth I tell you, no
prophet is ever accepted in his own country. 'There were many widows
in Israel, I can assure you, in Elijah's day, when heaven remained
shut for three years and six months and a great famine raged
throughout the land, but Elijah was not sent to any one of these: he
was sent to a widow at Zarephath, a town in Sidonia. And in the
prophet Elisha's time there were many suffering from virulent skin-
diseases in Israel, but none of these was cured -- only Naaman the
Syrian.' When they heard this everyone in the synagogue was enraged.
They sprang to their feet and hustled him out of the town; and they
took him up to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending
to throw him off the cliff, but he passed straight through the crowd
and walked away.

It is really a mystery why some people listen to Jesus and accept his
message while others do not. Often those who do not are those who are
preoccupied with mundane tasks, jobs, hobbies, money, in short,
earthly things. On the other hand, those who have gone through
suffering or have searched for answers from God are those who listen
to Jesus. Those who feel that they do not need a savior will not
listen; they are already self-sufficient. But those who are `poor in
spirit', those who have experienced emptiness and nothingness but yet
believe that God is good and that He has a purpose for our lives are
more ready to accept his words.

In the time of Jesus, the Anawim or the `poor of Yahweh' were the
little ones, the downtrodden, the outcasts, the marginalized of
society and those oppressed by others. They received the message of
Jesus and acclaimed him as their Messiah. Others who were known public
sinners but received the grace of forgiveness also welcomed the Lord's
message. Lastly, the devout ones who waited for the Messiah with
longing, were rewarded when Jesus came and revealed to them that he
was the long-awaited Son of David.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Francisco Sandico
- Mamdouh Hanna
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Cherie Torres
- Raymund Davis
.. In Thanksgiving: Davis family, Correa family
.. Birthday: Dianne Mendoza
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Atty. Roselima Abapo
- Wedding Anniversary: Willy & Denisa Tong
… 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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