Thursday, August 23, 2012
FRIDAY 20TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
FRIDAY 20TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, ST BARTHOLOMEW
Rv 21:9b-14 / 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.
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."
St. John Chrysostom, a great doctor of the Church, says this about the first twelve apostles of Jesus: Though they were unlearned, they were able to philosophize and talk about heavenly matters. Their preaching was divine because God was talking through them. Otherwise how could twelve uneducated men get the idea of winning the whole world for Christ? How could twelve men who were shattered by the passion and death of their Lord find courage to do battle with the world? Obviously they had seen the risen Lord and had proof of his power.
The Church was built on the foundation of the twelve apostles with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone. Her origin is divine since it was the Holy Spirit guiding her to preach, to baptize, and to Christianize all parts of the world. God called ordinary men and women, and with their cooperation, changed the whole history of mankind. So no one must think that the Church is purely a human organization made up of good-hearted people. She is more than that. She is the bride of Christ resplendent in white robes. One day, she will bring all men to the full knowledge of God and lead them to the heavenly Jerusalem. Her mission here on earth is to form a people fit to enter heaven in order to give unending praise to God. Nowadays, the Church continues to do the divinely mandated work of the apostles.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Eriberta Calvario
- Totoy Reyes
- Elean Flores
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- RJ Sombrero and Mesh Villanueva
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
- Binu Antony
… Birthday: Felipe Gozar L. Duque
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Xavier Javier, Rowena L. Yap, Bong Lacida, Jess Graces
- Jesse Manalastas Robredo
- Buenseselita B Mitra
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: Stephen B. Cheng
- Birthday: Dary B. Abad
- Birthday: Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams
- Birthday: Gwen Marghette Sison
- In Memoriam (+): Augusto Cosio
… 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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