Wednesday, October 05, 2011



OCTOBER 6, 2011

Mal 3:13-20 / Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6 / Lk 11:5-13

MALACHI 3:13-20
You say very harsh things about me, says Yahweh, and yet you say:
"What harsh things did we say against you?" You say: "It is useless to
serve God. There is no benefit in observing his commandments or in
leading an austere life for his sake. Happy are the shameless! Those
who do evil succeed in everything; though they provoke God, they
remain unharmed." Those were the very words of those who fear Yahweh.
Yahweh listened and heard what they said. He ordered at once that the
names of those who respect him and reverence his Name be written in a
record. And he declared, "They will be mine on the day I have already
set. Then I shall care for them as a father cares for his obedient
son. And you will see the different fates of the good and the bad,
those who obey God and those who disobey him. The day already comes,
flaming as a furnace. On that day all the proud and evildoers will be
burned like straw in the fire. They will be left without branches or
roots. On the other hand the sun of justice will shine upon you who
respect my Name and bring health in its rays. You will come out
leaping like fattened calves.

LUKE 11:5-13
Jesus said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to his
house in the middle of the night and says, `Friend, lend me three
loaves, for a friend of mine who is traveling has just arrived, and I
have nothing to offer him.' Maybe your friend will answer from inside,
`Don't bother me now; the door is locked, and my children and I are in
bed, so I can't get up and give you anything.' But I tell you, even
though he will not get up and attend to you because you are a friend,
yet he will get up because you are a bother to him, and he will give
you all you need. And so I say to you, `Ask, and it will be given to
you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For
the one who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to him
who knocks the door will be opened. If your child asks for a fish,
will you give him a snake instead? And if your child asks for an egg,
will you give him a scorpion? If you sinful people know how to give
good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him."

In the Gospel today, Jesus talks about perseverance in prayer. The
commentary to this passage from the Christian Community Bible says,
Jesus urges us to ask with perseverance and not get tired of asking,
but rather to "tire" God by our persistence. God may not always give
what we ask for, or not in the way we expect since we do not know what
is good for us, but He will surely give us the Holy Spirit to get a
clearer vision of his will and the courage to follow it.

Most of the time we forget what prayer is and so, we tend to get tired
of praying. We sometimes think that when we pray, it is a "once and
for all" thing in our life. We reason out that God knows already what
we need, what we think and what is inside our hearts. Why else do we
pray? We forget that prayer is an experience of God, an interpersonal
relationship, a contact between two persons through mutual presence in
a communication of love. It is not a method to learn but a
relationship to be lived. Since it is relationship, then it has to
grow. It requires communication.

Let us ask ourselves today: What is prayer for us? Why and how do I
pray? Once again, let us listen to Jesus in the Gospel as he exhorts
and invites us to pray. Perhaps we still lack the perseverance because
of the challenges of our daily lives. Let us not forget that prayer
comes from our hearts with the help of the Holy Spirit. A Jesuit
teacher, in speaking about prayer, said that If we don't know how to
pray, what to pray and don't feel like praying, the only necessary and
most important thing is to "JUST SHOW UP!" for your time of prayer.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of:
- Susan Sanchez
- Normita Siaco
- Myra Lao Jucutan
- Jo Marcelo
- Mon Torres
- Albi Marrquez
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Eden Batuto
… for the personal intentions of
- Pauline
- Titong V
…In Thanksgiving: Blues, Hope, Zhoey, Fonzi and Alon
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Sr. Luisa Tan, MIC. Eternal
rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she
and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Mabelle A. Capuchino
- Birthday: Rosario Almazan
- In Memoriam (+): Justino Y. Sy
… 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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