Thursday, November 01, 2012



NOVEMBER 2, 2012

Wis 3:1-9 / Rom 5:5-11 or 6:3-9 / Jn 6:37-40

WISDOM 3:1-9
The souls of the just are in the hands of God and no torment shall touch them. In the eyes of the unwise they appear to be dead. Their going is held as a disaster; it seems that they lose everything by departing from us, but they are in peace. Though seemingly they have been punished, immortality was the soul of their hope. After slight affliction will come great blessings, for God has tried them and found them worthy to be with him; after testing them as gold in the furnace, he has accepted them as a holocaust. At the time of his coming they will shine like sparks that run in the stubble. They will govern nations and rule over peoples, and the Lord will be their king forever. Those who trust in him will penetrate the truth, those who are faithful will live with him in love, for his grace and mercy are for his chosen ones.

ROMANS 5:5-11
Hope does not disappoint us because the Holy Spirit has been given to us, pouring into our hearts the love of God. Consider, moreover, the time that Christ died for us: when we were still helpless and unable to do anything. Few would accept to die for an upright person; although, for a very good person, perhaps someone would dare to die. But see how God manifested his love for us: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us and we have become just through his blood. With much more reason now he will save us from any condemnation. Once enemies, we have been reconciled with God through the death of his Son; with much more reason now we may be saved through his life. Not only that; we even boast in God because of Christ Jesus, our Lord, through whom we have been reconciled.

JOHN 6:37-40
Yet all those whom the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I shall not turn away. For I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the One who sent me. And the will of him who sent me is that I lose nothing of what he has given me, but instead that I raise it up on the last day. This is the will of the Father, that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall live eternal life; and I will raise him up on the last day."

The traditional Church teaching of the "communion of saints" tells us that there is oneness among the members of the Church in their different states. The Church Militants – we who are still on pilgrimage in this life; the Church Triumphant – those in heaven enjoying the bliss of God's life; and the Suffering Church – those who are being purified to prepare them for the Church Triumphant. We believe that the Saints in the Triumphant Church pray and intercede for us who are struggling in our pilgrimage in this life, and we pray for the Suffering Church, the souls in purgatory.

The Solemnity of All Souls focuses on the souls in Purgatory. Most of us are not perfect as to go straight to heaven. Likewise, most of us are not so bad that we deserve to go to hell. Most of us are basically good and loving, but our love needs to be purified of all its imperfections, selfishness, and impurities to be ready for God, who is Pure Love.

Most people around the world, and especially here in the Philippines, have a strong devotion for the dearly departed. But we do not have an idea what the next life is like. For those in hell we can only say that without God, there can be no love; without love, there can only be hatred and isolation, physical and psycho- emotional spiritual torment.

What God has prepared for us in the next life is beyond our experience and our wildest dreams. In faith, we trust that it will be much better and beyond our expectations. The best is yet to come.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ma. Theresa O. Bernardo
- Josephine Veloso
- Ma. Theresa O. Bernardo
- Sr. Lydia Villegas, OSB
- Phoebe Thomsom
- Mon Torres, Fleur Torres, Ditas dela Paz, Bubi Camus, Lorna Guibani
… for the personal intentions of
- Flor
- Ma. Theresa O. Bernardo
- Mavis Campos
- Pauline
… Birthday: Wendy J
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: John Braganza
- Birthday: Sheena Lorraine Go Kaw
- Birthday: Kitay E. Español
- Birthday: Numer Bolazo
- Prayer Intention: Philip & Lucy Ong & Family
- Birthday: Ramona Chua Hwan (Nov 2, 1955-Jun 3, 2005)+
- Birthday: Ismael Zuloanga, S.J. (+)
- In Memoriam (+): John Rico N. Gamilla
… 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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