Tuesday, September 04, 2012




1 Cor 3:1-9 / Lk 4:38-44

I could not, friends, speak to you as spiritual persons but as fleshly people, for you are still infants in Christ. I gave you milk and not solid food, for you were not ready for it and up to now you cannot receive it for you are still of the flesh. As long as there is jealousy and strife, what can I say but that you are at the level of the flesh and behave like ordinary people. While one says: "I follow Paul," and the other: "I follow Apollos," what are you but people still at a human level? For what is Apollos? What is Paul? They are ministers and through them you believed, as it was given by the Lord to each of them. I planted, Apollos watered the plant, but God made it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who makes the plant grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work to the same end, and the Lord will pay each according to their work. We are fellow-workers with God, but you are God's field and building.

LUKE 4:38-44
Leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to the house of Simon. His mother-in-law was suffering from high fever, and they asked him to do something for her. Bending over her, he rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and waited on them. At sunset, people suffering from many kinds of sickness were brought to Jesus. Laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Demons were driven out, howling as they departed from their victims, "You are the Son of God!" He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, for they knew he was the Messiah. Jesus left at daybreak and looked for a solitary place. People went out in search of him, and finding him, they tried to dissuade him from leaving. But he said, "I have to go to other towns to announce the good news of the kingdom of God. That is what I was sent to do." And Jesus continued to preach in the synagogues of Galilee.

In today's Gospel, Luke mentions the "kingdom of God." When we speak of the kingdom of God, we presume it is a kingdom that is eternal. On that assumption, the kingdom belongs to the past, the present, and in a sense, to the future, when all its fullness will be revealed. In the Lord's prayer, we pray: "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven..." God's kingdom encompasses both heaven and earth. We belong to His vast kingdom as long as we live in God's will.

How else can we describe God's Kingdom? As Bishop Chito Tagle described it during one of his talks, "Is it a space, God's space beyond the limits of our own imagination?" Within this space, Christ came to proclaim the Good News which, simply said, is Love. Love for God, love for our brethren, love for each other regardless of race, creed, and culture. God's kingdom is a space ruled by love.

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
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Tito Oreta
- Kelly Bell, Tom Baundy, Earl Nye
- Julie Maningat
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
… In Thanksgiving: Rosario S. Gonzalez and Family
… In Memoriam: Mike Heutmaker, Shirley Weber
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Tito Oreta
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: Carissa P. Marin
- Birthday: Rena Mendoza
- Birthday: Nancy Alicbusan
… 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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