Friday, January 04, 2013
SATURDAY BEFORE EPIPHANY – YEAR I
SATURDAY BEFORE EPIPHANY – YEAR I
MEMORIAL, ST. JOHN NEUMANN
1 Jn 3:11-21 / Ps 100: 1b-2. 3. 4. 5 / Jn 1:43-51
1 JOHN 3:11-21
For this is the message taught to you from the beginning: we must love one another. Do not imitate Cain who killed his brother, for he belonged to the Evil One. Why did he kill him? Because he himself did evil and his brother did good. So, be not surprised, brothers if the world hates us; we love our brothers and sisters, and with this we know that we have passed from death to life. The one who does not love remains in death. The one who hates his brother is a murderer, and, as you know, eternal life does not remain in the murderer. This is how we have known what love is: he gave his life for us. We, too, ought to give our life for our brothers and sisters. If anyone enjoys the riches of this world, but closes his heart when he sees his brother or sister in need, how will the love of God remain in him? My dear children, let us love not only with words and with our lips, but in truth and indeed. Then we shall know that we are of the truth and we may calm our conscience in his presence. Every time it reproaches us, let us say: God is greater than our conscience, and he knows everything. When our conscience does not condemn us, dear friends, we may have complete confidence in God.
The next day, Jesus decided to set off for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. 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."
In today's readings, we are invited to open our hearts and minds to the truth of love: that true love is life-giving. The first reading tells us, "anyone who does not love remains in death." When we become too immersed with our own needs, our own pursuit for happiness, don't we often fall prey to the temptation of responding in fear – a destructive and divisive response? Don't we see ourselves asking the same question as Nathanael posed in the gospel, "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?"
This invitation to be open, to respond with love, was very vivid to a family when one of them got involved in an accident. The family experienced so much anxiety and frustrations. It was so hard to see life in the midst of death, hope in places of despair, and the good and beautiful in what looked like the bad and ugly. This was one of their Nazareths. At the deepest level, our Nazareths are about our understanding of God. It is a place of choices and not of assumptions. We can choose to see or not to see God's manifestation and self-revelation; to respond with love or with fear; to live or die. Here, in Nazareth, we make difficult choices. Here, we freely choose, freely love. It is the same Nazareth that Jesus saw himself in when he chose to lay down his life for us. He calls us to lay down our lives for others. When we begin to understand that the more we give ourselves to others in love, the more we become fully alive!
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Osang Palma
- Baby Unson
- Celine Empalmado
- Elvie Zuniga
- Glo Zuniga
… for the personal intentions of
- Veronica Yap
- Cherie Torres
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Fr. James Reuter, S.J.
- Melba San Buenaventura-Ramos
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: Nenoca Oquilda
- Birthday: Andrea S. Lim
- Birthday: Cheryl K. Liao
- Wedding Anniversary: Reginald Ocampo & Ricca Teotico
- In Memoriam (+): Emiliano Villegas (Jan 5 1923 - Jul 31, 1995)
… 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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