Friday, October 07, 2011



OCTOBER 8, 2011

Jl 4:12-21 / Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12 / Lk 11:27-28

JOEL 4:12-21
Rise up, O peoples, and come to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, nations.
Bring a sickle for the harvest is ripe; come and tread for the
winepress is full and the vats overflow, so great is their wickedness!
Multitudes and more multitudes in the Valley of Verdict! The day of
Yahweh is near in the Valley of Verdict! The sun and the moon become
dark, the stars lose their radiance. Yahweh roars from Zion and raises
his voice from Jerusalem; heaven and earth are shaken. Indeed Yahweh
is a refuge for his people, a strong hold for the Israelites. You will
know that I am Yahweh, your God, dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain.
Jerusalem will be a holy place, and foreigners will never pass through
there again. On that day the mountains shall drip wine and the hills
flow with milk; all the streams of Judah will run with water and a
fountain will spring from the House of Yahweh, and water the valley of
Shittim. On the other hand, Egypt will be devastated and Edom will
become a deserted wasteland because they committed violence against
Judah, and shed innocent blood in their country. But Judah will be
inhabited forever, and Jerusalem through all generations. And I shall
avenge their blood and not leave it unpunished, for Yahweh dwells in

LUKE 11:27-28
As Jesus was speaking, a woman spoke from the crowd and said to him,
is the one who bore you and nursed you!" Jesus replied, "Surely
blessed are
those who hear the word of God and keep it as well."

For most of us, Sunday is the only day to hear and hopefully listen to
the Word of God. As the priest in his homily expounds on the Gospel,
we pray that by grace we can put the Word in our hearts. However, how
many of us do desire to put this in our hearts? We can only live
Jesus' teachings if we seriously listen within and without. Within –
that is to listen in our hearts what the Lord is trying to tell us
personally with the word spoken, and without – that is to live the
holy gospel in whatever way the priest imparts it to us. For us to
observe the Word means to live it out. It is to be directed in the
difficult but salvific way.

Many have tried to find happiness unsuccessfully; they have missed out
the fact that the joy lives on and on within those who truly follow
Jesus. How responsive are we to the Lord when He reaches out to us?
The answer depends on our decision. But it is in our "yes" that we
allow the Lord to move in our lives and let us experience His great
love for us!

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of:
- Albi Marrquez
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Eden Batuto
… for the personal intentions of
- Pauline
- Titong V
- Veronica Yap
…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: Rodolfo Siason
- Birthday: Aida Inocentes Capistrano
- Birthday: Fr. Arnold Aurillo
- In Memoriam (+): Sebastian Dee
… 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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