Monday, September 27, 2010



SEPTEMBER 28, 2010

JOB 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23
In the end it was Job who broke the silence and cursed the day of his
birth. This is what he said: Perish the day on which I was born and
the night that told of a boy conceived. Why was I not still-born, or
why did I not perish as I left the womb? Why were there knees to
receive me, breasts for me to suck? Now I should be lying in peace,
wrapped in a restful slumber, with the kings and high viziers of earth
who have built their dwellings in desolate places, or with princes who
have quantities of gold and silver cramming their tombs; or, put away
like an abortive child, I should not have existed, like little ones
that never see the light. Down there, the wicked bustle no more, there
the weary rest. Why give light to a man of grief? Why give life to
those bitter of heart, who long for a death that never comes, and hunt
for it more than for buried treasure? They would be glad to see the
grave-mound and shout with joy if they reached the tomb. Why give
light to one who does not see his way, whom God shuts in all alone?

LUKE 9:51-56
Now it happened that as the time drew near for him to be taken up, he
resolutely turned his face towards Jerusalem and sent messengers ahead
of him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make
preparations for him, but the people would not receive him because he
was making for Jerusalem. Seeing this, the disciples James and John
said, 'Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them
up?' But he turned and rebuked them, and they went on to another

In today's gospel Jesus sends his disciples ahead of him to announce
his coming. These are met with some opposition by people of different
religious convictions. The message of Jesus, even though he is the
Light of the World, constantly meets opposition by those who cannot
see the light.

Jesus continues to send us ahead of him to let people know of his
coming, that he is in fact already here. How do you react when people
attack or ridicule your faith? Do you play safe? Do you hide your
faith? Yet, there are many people around you who really hunger to hear
the message of Jesus. As the first reading says, "people will take you
by the sleeve and they will say `We want to go with you, since we have
learnt that God is with you.'" Is the living of your Christian faith
so obvious that it is easy for people to recognize you as one of
Jesus' disciples? The purpose is not that they should admire you but
that they should be led to know and experience Jesus through you.

How much does this truth shape your lives as Christians, Christ-
bearers? Is there any possibility that a non-Christian or a non-
practicing Catholic will grab us and beg: "Let me go with you, for I
have heard that God is with you?" There is no doubt that God wants to
be with us. This was the whole purpose of his becoming man in Christ
Jesus. When people can see Jesus in our lives, in our attitudes and
actions, they will be irresistibly drawn to him. If you shine on the
world like bright stars, you will be offering the word of life to the
people around. That is what our being Christian is all about.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Susan
- Nikki Bahrwani
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Josheil Dapo
… for the personal intentions of
- Titong V
- Aileen, Lance and Audrey
.. In Thanksgiving: Daisy M. Barilla, Haresh Mirchandani, Dennis
Mercado, Loui Oca, Tracy Lucero, Chamibie Soriano, Jona Laranang,
Annie Leonardo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Joel Dapo, Raul and Epifania Ylaya
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: Andrew Ng
- Birthday: Rolly dela Rosa
- Birthday: Ester P. Quebrado
- Birthday: Bishop Socrates "Soc" Villegas, D.D.
- Birthday: Rebecca Chua Lim Siu Cheng
- Wedding Anniversary: Benjamin & Michelle Lynette Yu Jones
… 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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