Thursday, December 30, 2010
MEMORIAL, ST. SYLVESTER I, POPE
MEMORIAL, ST. SYLVESTER I, POPE
FIRST JOHN 2:18-21
Children, this is the final hour; you have heard that the Antichrist
is coming, and now many Antichrists have already come; from this we
know that it is the final hour. They have gone from among us, but they
never really belonged to us; if they had belonged to us, they would
have stayed with us. But this was to prove that not one of them
belonged to us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and have
all received knowledge. I have written to you not because you are
ignorant of the truth, but because you are well aware of it, and
because no lie can come from the truth.
In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with God and the Word was
God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came
into being, not one thing came into being except through him. What has
come into being in him was life, life that was the light of men; and
light shines in darkness, and darkness could not overpower it. A man
came, sent by God. His name was John. He came as a witness, to bear
witness to the light, so that everyone might believe through him. He
was not the light, he was to bear witness to the light. The Word was
the real light that gives light to everyone; he was coming into the
world. He was in the world that had come into being through him, and
the world did not recognise him. He came to his own and his own people
did not accept him. But to those who did accept him he gave power to
become children of God, to those who believed in his name who were
born not from human stock or human desire or human will but from God
himself. The Word became flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his
glory, the glory that he has from the Father as only Son of the
Father, full of grace and truth. John witnesses to him. He proclaims:
'This is the one of whom I said: He who comes after me has passed
ahead of me because he existed before me.' Indeed, from his fullness
we have, all of us, received -- one gift replacing another, for the
Law was given through Moses, grace and truth have come through Jesus
Christ. No one has ever seen God; it is the only Son, who is close to
the Father's heart, who has made him known.
This magnificent passage provides a powerful opening to John's gospel.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen the
glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and
The Light that is Christ shines in the darkness of our world. It is a
light that cannot be overcome because it represents the ultimate
values of Truth, Peace, Justice Hope, and Love. The coming of the
Light was prepared for by John the Baptist. He had been sent by God,
just as Jesus himself is sent by his Father. John himself was not the
Light but gave witness to the Light. And now, "from his fullness we
have all received". That is the fullness of Grace and Truth, of which
we are given a share, a share which we hope will grow with time.
As we are about to start the new year, let us reflect on Jesus being
born in a manger radiating the full glory of God. We are now given a
choice. We can choose to keep the Light to ourselves, or we can choose
to reflect that glory through our words and actions.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Vicky Fabella
- Nel de Leon
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, John Lawrence
- Fabio Dapo
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Haidee and Concepcion Gaw
- Margie Ponce De Leon and Evelyn Ponce De Leon
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Net Alburquerque
- Prayer Intention: Castillo Family
- Prayer Intention: Baboorankey
- In Memoriam (+): Ong Huay Kia
- In Memoriam (+): Felipe Que Chua, M.D.
… 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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