Sunday, January 02, 2011



JANUARY 3, 2011

Readings: 1 Jn 3:22 — 4:6 / Ps 2:7-8, 10-11 / Mt 4:12-17, 23-25

1 JOHN 3:22-4:6
Then whatever we ask we shall receive, since we keep his commands and
do what pleases him. His command is that we believe in the Name of his
Son Jesus Christ and that we love one another, as he has commanded us.
Whoever keeps his commands remains in God and God in him. It is by the
Spirit God has given us that we know he lives in us. My beloved, do
not trust every inspiration. Test the spirits to see whether they come
from God, because many false prophets are now in the world. How will
you recognize the spirit of God? Any spirit recognizing Jesus as the
Christ who has taken our flesh is of God. But any spirit that does not
recognize Jesus is not from God, it is the spirit of the antichrist.
You have heard of his coming and even now he is in the world. You, my
dear children, are of God and you have already overcome these people,
because the one who is in you is more powerful than he who is in the
world. They are of the world and the world inspires them and those of
the world listen to them. We are of God and those who know God listen
to us, but those who are not of God ignore us. This is how we know the
spirit of truth and the spirit of error as well.

MATTHEW 4:12-17, 23-25
When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into
Galilee. He lef t Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum, a town by
the lake of Galilee, at the border of Zebulun and Naphtali. In this
way the word of the prophet Isaiah was fulfilled: Land of Zebulun and
land of Naphtali, crossed by the Road of the Sea, and you who live
beyond the Jordan, Galilee, land of pagans. The people who lived in
darkness have seen a great light; on those who live in the land of the
shadow of death, a light has shone. From that time on, Jesus began to
proclaim his message, "Change your ways: the kingdom of heaven is
near." Jesus went around all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing all kinds of
sickness and disease among the people. The news about him spread
through the whole of Syria, and the people brought all their sick to
him, and all those who suffered: the possessed, the deranged, the
paralyzed, and he healed them all. Large crowds followed him from
Galilee and the Ten Cities, from Jerusalem, Judea, and from across the

At the start of the New Year, we see Jesus also at the start of his
public life with the message "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is
close at hand."

At the heart of this teaching is the value of humility because without
acknowledgment of faults and failures, there is no repentance and
without repentance, there can be no forgiveness. The fundamental value
that the Lord is proclaiming is that forgiveness is available if only
people will access it.

At the very start of the year, it would be good to be forgiven for our
past faults and failures so that we can start the New Year correctly,
on the right foot… with humility and repentance of our sins and
forgiveness from the Lord. Only this way can we properly start the
year that is beginning be a New Year.

What is your response to God's invitation to repent?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Vicky Fabella
- Susan
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
… for the personal intentions of
- Margie Ponce De Leon and Evelyn Ponce De Leon
- Marge, Frank M, John C, Rita & Marge G
…In Thanksgiving: Titong V.
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Stephanie Cheng Dungca.
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.
- Wedding Anniversary: John Luther & June Sy
- Thanksgiving: Southern Sawmill
- Thanksgiving: MCGK Woodwork
- Thanksgiving: Annie Dee
- Thanksgiving: Nathalie Ong
- In Memoriam (+): Juan Fabella
… 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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