Wednesday, September 01, 2010




There is no room for self-delusion. Any one of you who thinks he is
wise by worldly standards must learn to be a fool in order to be
really wise. For the wisdom of the world is folly to God. As scripture
says: He traps the crafty in the snare of their own cunning and again:
The Lord knows the plans of the wise and how insipid they are. So
there is to be no boasting about human beings: everything belongs to
you, whether it is Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, the world, life or
death, the present or the future -- all belong to you; but you belong
to Christ and Christ belongs to God.

LUKE 5:1-11
Now it happened that he was standing one day by the Lake of
Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of
God, when he caught sight of two boats at the water's edge. The
fishermen had got out of them and were washing their nets. He got into
one of the boats -- it was Simon's -- and asked him to put out a
little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the
boat. When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, 'Put out into
deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.' Simon replied, 'Master,
we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I
will pay out the nets.' And when they had done this they netted such a
huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signaled to
their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these
came, they filled both boats to sinking point. When Simon Peter saw
this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, 'Leave me, Lord; I am a
sinful man.' For he and all his companions were completely awestruck
at the catch they had made; so also were James and John, sons of
Zebedee, who were Simon's partners. But Jesus said to Simon, 'Do not
be afraid; from now on it is people you will be catching.' Then,
bringing their boats back to land they left everything and followed

As we reflect on the experience of Simon Peter, we notice that Jesus
gets involved in the situation before he commits to the mission he
presents. Our Lord helped these fishermen get a good catch so that
they could provide a good meal for their families. They are astounded
by the bounty of fish in their nets. Yet, being simple fisher folk,
they recognize their inadequacies in the presence of the Master.
Still, Jesus invites them to build his kingdom here on earth because
He knows the bigger fish to catch are the souls, searching for meaning
in their lives.

As we go about our daily concerns, Jesus asks us if we'll allow him to
assist us in attaining what we need. Jesus answers our petitions in
spite of our lack of faith and belief in his power.

The invitation to the same mission remains – to bring more souls into
his embrace. We might look into ourselves and discover shortcomings.
Jesus only looks into our hearts. If we have the capacity to love our
neighbor, that fish is as good as caught. Let us pray to be always
"fishing" for those who seek his consoling love and Divine Providence.
May we always stay true to this mission.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Mamdouh Hanna
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres, Luis Torres
- See Yung Hui
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Raymund Davis
- JES and Vic
- Veronica Yap
- Josheil Dapo
.. In Thanksgiving: Davis family, Correa family
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Avelina Sesaldo, William Guanzon and Asilda Guanzon
- Ng Yia
- Raul, Epifania, Leoncio, Lumeng, Josefina, Juan Sr.
- Col. Jose R. Villarico
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: Paulo Serrano
- Birthday: Elizabeth P. Tupaz
- Birthday: Micco I. Pesuena
- Birthday: Uy Kim
- Wedding Anniversary: Prudencio & Filomena Ng Lim
… 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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