Friday, September 27, 2013
Saturday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
September 28, 2013
Saturday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Sts Lorenzo Ruiz and companions, martyrs
Zec 2:5-9,14-15 / Jer 31: 10. 11-12ab. 13 / Lk 9:43-45
Raising my eyes again, I saw a man with a measuring line in his hand. I asked, "Where are you going?" He answered, "I'm going to measure Jerusalem, to find its width and its length." As the angel who spoke to me came for- ward, another angel met him and said, "Run and tell this to that young man: 'Jerusalem will remain unwalled because of its multitude of people and live stock.' For this is the word of Yahweh: I myself will be around her like a wall of fire, and also within her in Glory." "Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for I am about to come, I shall dwell among you," says Yahweh. "On that day, many nations will join Yahweh and be my people, but my dwelling is among you."
And all who saw it were astonished at God's wonderful work. But while all were amazed at everything Jesus did, he said to his disciples, "Listen, and remember what I tell you now: The Son of Man will be betrayed into the hands of men." But the disciples didn't understand this saying; something prevented them from grasping what he meant, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
As we read and reflect on our gospel reading today, we must bear in mind the preceding verses concerning the episodes of the transfiguration of our Lord on the mountain and his exorcism of an epileptic demoniac. Even as his disciples, especially the favored three, Peter, James and John were basking in his power and glory, our Lord was reminding them that life is a combination of joy and sorrow, great consolation in the midst of great desolation. Unhappiness is always with us because we live in a sinful environment caused by sinful men. All of us have that emptiness in our lives which can only be filled by God because we are not only created in His image but also created by God for Himself. We all long for that consolation which only He can give. However, due to our sinful nature, we tend to seek our consolation in creatures rather than in the Creator resulting in more suffering and desolation.
During the time of the prophet Zechariah, the Jews just returned from exile and were looking forward to the rebuilding of their Temple. They longed for the time when God would be among His people once again. Through His prophet, God assured them of His blessings and continuing faithfulness. In Jesus, God is Immanuel, not only to his contemporaries in 1st century Palestine, but also to us in his Church and sacraments. He is the only and true consoler in the midst of a sinful and restless world. In today's gospel, Jesus warns us not to be complacent in our many blessings and consolations. At the same time, he also comforts us in the midst of so much suffering and trials in our daily lives.
On this day, the Church remembers the martyrdom of Sts Wenceslaus and Lorenzo Ruiz and his companions who gave their lives in Japan for the faith. After giving us so much blessings and consolations, our Lord Jesus reminds us of the cost of discipleship. How do we respond to his invitation to follow him?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
Fr. Bill McGarry, S.J.
Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
… In Memoriam: Teresita Enriquez
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Benjamin Pajaro Quitoriano. 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: Rolly dela Rosa
Birthday: Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, DD
Birthday: Rebecca Chua Lim Siu Cheng
Birthday: Alessandra Norise Y. Lu
Wedding Anniversary: Hans & Carol Sy
Wedding Anniversary: Benjamin & Michelle Lynette Yu Jones
Wedding Anniversary: Ferdie & Bel Chua, MD
… 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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