Tuesday, August 23, 2011



AUGUST 24, 2011

Rv 21: 9-14 / Ps 145: 10-11, 12-13, 17-18 / Jn 1: 45-51

Then one of the seven angels came to me, one of those with the seven
bowls full of the seven last plagues. And he said, "Come, I am going
to show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." He took me up in a
spiritual vision to a very high mountain and he showed me the holy
city Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shines with the
glory of God, like a precious jewel with the color of crystal-clear
jasper. Its wall, large and high, has twelve gates; stationed at them
are twelve angels. Over the gates are written the names of the twelve
tribes of the sons of Israel. Three gates face the east; three gates
face the north; three gates face the south and three face the west.
The city wall stands on twelve foundation stones on which are written
the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

JOHN 1:45-51
Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found the one that
Moses wrote about in the Law, and the prophets as well: he is Jesus,
son of Joseph, from Nazareth." Nathanael replied, "Can anything good
come from Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." When Jesus
saw Nathanael coming, he said of him, "Here comes an Israelite, a true
one; there is nothing false in him." Nathanael asked him, "How do you
know me?" And Jesus said to him, "Before Philip called you, you were
under the fig tree and I saw you." Nathanael answered, "Master, you
are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" But Jesus replied,
"You believe because I said: `I saw you under the fig tree.' But you
will see greater things than that. Truly, I say to you, you will see
the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon
the Son of Man."

Holding a filthy, worn-out shoebox, a 5-year old girl excitedly ran to
her mother and said, "Mom, you gotta try this! Open the box and you
will see the most beautiful thing in the entire universe!"

"My child, how can something beautiful come out from that dirty, old
box? Put it down or better yet, throw it away. You might get sick from
all its germs," said the mother. But the little girl did not budge,
"Please, Mommy. Just come and see."

The mother finally gave in. She hesitantly lifted the lid of the box
and looked inside. Suddenly, her world stood still. Tears welled up in
her eyes and she was at a loss for words. "Isn't she the most
beautiful?" asked her little girl. There in the box was the mother's
face reflected in a mirror.

"Come and see" was the invitation of the little girl to her mother.
Though she agreed to come, she had no great expectations of what she
was going to see. Yet, upon seeing her face and hearing the words of
her daughter, happiness leapt out of her heart and changed ever y
thing. Likewise with St. Bartholomew, whose feast we celebrate today,
something deep within him had been touched in his first encounter with
Jesus. His entire life changed forever when he met Jesus in faith and

If we will "come and see," we, like Nathaniel and the mother, will see
"greater things." We can come to believe that Jesus is truly the Son
of God and has opened the heavens for us so we may have life in him.

Let us open our worn-out boxes today and allow Jesus to look at us in
our full radiance and beauty.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Antonio Claudio, Priscilla Eugenio and Yolanda Caberto
- Antonio Evangelista
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Andrew Que
- Wilfredo Tadiosa
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Jonathan Salazar
- Wally Torres
- Mon Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Fr. Sergio
- Veronica Yap
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Anna Limpe McAvoy. 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: Dary B. Abad
- Birthday: Catherine Chua
- Birthday: Papal Nuncio Joseph Edward Adams
- Birthday: Ricky V. Morabe
- Birthday: Amalia Casabar
… for families who are in need of healing
… 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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