Thursday, October 28, 2010



OCTOBER 29, 2010

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all God's holy people
in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with their presiding elders and
the deacons. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord
Jesus Christ. I thank my God whenever I think of you, and every time I
pray for you all, I always pray with joy for your partnership in the
gospel from the very first day up to the present. I am quite confident
that the One who began a good work in you will go on completing it
until the Day of Jesus Christ comes. It is only right that I should
feel like this towards you all, because you have a place in my heart,
since you have all shared together in the grace that has been mine,
both my chains and my work defending and establishing the gospel. For
God will testify for me how much I long for you all with the warm
longing of Christ Jesus; it is my prayer that your love for one
another may grow more and more with the knowledge and complete
understanding that will help you to come to true discernment, so that
you will be innocent and free of any trace of guilt when the Day of
Christ comes, entirely filled with the fruits of uprightness through
Jesus Christ, for the glory and praise of God.

LUKE 14:1-6
Now it happened that on a Sabbath day he had gone to share a meal in
the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him
closely. Now there in front of him was a man with dropsy, and Jesus
addressed the lawyers and Pharisees with the words, 'Is it against the
law to cure someone on the Sabbath, or not?' But they remained silent,
so he took the man and cured him and sent him away. Then he said to
them, 'Which of you here, if his son falls into a well, or his ox,
will not pull him out on a Sabbath day without any hesitation?' And to
this they could find no answer.

In the gospel of Luke, Jesus Christ made a choice of what he believed
was right. He healed the man even if it was not in accordance with the
law and teaching for Sabbath day. Would we do the same of helping a
person who was suffering even if authority would be unhappy with our
decision and consequent actions? Every day of our life at home,
school, parish, workplace and other places we go to, we are faced with
similar challenges though in varying forms. We have time, talents and
treasure and others seek for our help. Do we respond right away to the
plea of others? Do we respond with the heart and mind of Jesus Christ?

Our response is a result of our decision. Some of us find it easy to
make a decision and some of us find it hard. Whether it is a difficult
process or not, we could tell if we make the right decision when we
experienced spiritual consolation in the end. It is when our decision
moves us closer to God and at the same time is life-giving. Paul's
letter to the Philippians reminds us that our growing love and deep
union with Christ will help us have true knowledge and perfect
judgment to choose what is best. We should have no ifs and buts. We
should have a spontaneous response. Are we like Jesus with clear
priorities in making a decision? Jesus Christ was clear to prioritize
the will of the Father and not the law of man.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jaime Cabanilla
- Mila
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Donna
- Orpha Balilla-Tadiosa
- Margie Ponce De Leon
- Josheil Dapo
- Pauline
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Anthony Yang
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: Gilbert J. Bulan
- Birthday: Cosmeding So
- Presbyterial Ordination: Eduardo Ulloa
- Presbyterial Ordination: Felipe Santos
- In Memoriam (+): Ruperto T. Del Carmen
- In Memoriam (+): Alice Sy Tan (1923-2005)+
- In Memoriam (+): Corazon S. Aquino
- In Memoriam (+): Charles Lee Go (Nov 25, 1925-Oct 29, 2003)
… 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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