Thursday, September 15, 2011
FRIDAY 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
MEMORIAL, ST. CORNELIUS, POPE & ST. CYPRIAN, BISHOP
FRIDAY 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
1 Tm 6:2-12 / Ps 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20 / Lk 8:1-3
1 TIMOTHY 6:2-12
Those whose masters are Christians should not show less respect under
the pretext that they are members of the church. On the contrary, they
must give a better service since they are doing good works on behalf
of be lievers and dear friends. Teach and stress these things. Whoever
teaches in some other way, not following the sound teaching of our
Lord Christ Jesus and true religious instruction, is conceited and
understands nothing. This one is crazy about controversies and
discussions that result in envy, insults, blows and constant arguments
between people of depraved minds and far from the truth. For them,
religion is merely for financial gain. In reality, religion is a
treasure if we are content with what we have. We brought nothing into
the world and we will leave it with nothing. Let us then be content
with having food and clothing. Those who strive to be rich fall into
temptations and traps. A lot of foolish and harmful ambitions plunge
them into ruin and destruction. Indeed, the love of money is the root
of every evil. Because of this greed, some have wandered away from the
faith, bringing on themselves afflictions of every kind. But you, man
of God, shun all this. Strive to be holy and godly. Live in faith and
love, with endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith and
win everlasting life to which you were called when you made the good
profession of faith in the presence of so many witnesses.
Jesus walked through towns and countryside, preaching and giving the
good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve followed him, and also
some women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary
called Magdalene, who had been freed of seven demons; Joanna, wife of
Chuza, Herod's steward; Suzanna and others who provided for them out
of their own funds.
Jesus healed and freed people of evil spirits and demons. Demons are
the same as devils – which means that they are one of the evil spirits
of fallen angels. In fact Lucifer was the brightest angel until his
fall. The word "demon" is derived from "daio" which means "to divide."
Thus the role of the demon is to accuse, to remove the Holy Spirit
When we were baptized, the demons were exorcized from us and they will
stay out while we have the Holy Spirit. Once we sadden the Holy Spirit
to leave, the demons will come back, and Scripture does say that when
one demon goes out, he comes back with seven more sinister demons
wishing to return to enslave us once again.
Christ has powers over the demons that are in us. Every time we
celebrate the paschal vigil, we renew our baptismal promises and we
renounce Satan again. It is important to have this act of renouncing
Satan as a reaffirmation that we belong to Christ and not the devil.
Let us not allow the demons to return, for they make our life really
miserable and unbearable. The real enemy is not other people who are
of mortal flesh and blood but the evil one – the devil, who constantly
roams around like a lion ready to devour us when our guard is down. We
need constant prayer toward the evil one away.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of: Brian, Mary Ann, Kristen,
Debbie, Nancy, Gene, Eugene R, Frank, John C & Mrs C, Linda O
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Lucia Uy
- Birthday: Imelda Reyes (+)
- Wedding Anniversary: Vincent & Chia Sui Lim
- Prayer Intention: Anthony & Liliet Tan & Family
… 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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