Monday, September 19, 2011



SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

Ezr 6:7-8, 12, 14-20 / Ps 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5 / Lk 8:19-21

EZRA 6:7-8, 12, 14-20
Let the governor of the Jews together with their leaders build the
House of God on its former site. This is the command I give as to what
you should do to help those Jewish leaders rebuild the House of God:
pay the expenses in full and without delay, with the income from taxes
of the province at the other side of the River which is allotted to
the king. And may the God who makes his Name dwell there crush every
rebel, king or people, who goes against this and tries to destroy the
House of God in Jerusalem. I, Darius, give this command. Let it be
carried out at once." And the leaders of the Jews continued to make
progress in building, encouraged by what Haggai, the prophet, and
Zechariah, the son of Iddo, had said; and they finished the work
according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus
and Darius. The House was finished on the third day of the month of
Adar in the sixth year of the reign of Darius. The children of Israel,
the priests and the Levites, and the rest of those who had returned
from exile celebrated the consecration of this House of God with
rejoicing, offering on this solemnity one hundred young bulls, two
hundred rams and four hundred lambs; and twelve hegoats as a sin-
offering for all Israel, according to the number of the tribes of
Israel. Then they installed the priests according to their ranks, and
the Levites according to their classes, for the service of the house
of God in Jerusalem, as it is written in the book of Moses. Those who
had returned from exile celebrated the Passover on the fourteenth day
of the first month, for the priests and the Levites had purified
themselves together, and all of them were clean. So, they slaughtered
the Passover lamb for all who had returned from exile,
for their fellow-priests and for themselves.

LUKE 8:19-21
The mother and relatives of Jesus came to him, but they could not get
to him because of the crowd. Someone told him, "Your mother and your
brothers are standing outside and wish to meet you." Then Jesus
answered, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of
God and do it."

The deepest relationship of life is not merely blood relationship. It
is the relationship of mind to mind and heart to heart. It is when
people have common aims, common principles, common interests, and a
common goal in life that we become really and truly related to each

We speak of all men and women as being sons and daughters of God. In
one very real and very precious sense, this is true. God loves both
saint and sinner. But it is when a person puts his will, in line with
God's will, that a real relationship with God exists.

It is certainly hard to do God's will day in and day out, especially
when His will is counter to what we believe in. But here is where we
experience His great wonder. When we seek to do the will of God,
through Jesus Christ, we enter into the family of God.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of:
- Renan and Bong Lacida
- Jo Marcelo
- Wally Torres
- Mon Torres
- Monica
- Normita Siaco
… for the personal intentions of Mary Wong
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Jun Lee
- Jonathan Salazar
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: Dang Figueras
- In Memoriam (+): Roy Papa
… 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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