Sunday, January 06, 2013



JANUARY 7, 2013

1 Jn 3:22—4:6 / Ps 2: 7bc-8. 10-12a / Mt 4:12-17,23-25

1 JOHN 3:22—4:6
Then whatever we ask we shall receive, since we keep his commands and do what pleases him. His command is that we believe in the Name of his Son Jesus Christ and that we love one another, as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commands remains in God and God in him. It is by the Spirit God has given us that we know he lives in us. My beloved, do not trust every inspiration. Test the spirits to see whether they come from God, because many false prophets are now in the world. How will you recognize the spirit of God? Any spirit recognizing Jesus as the Christ who has taken our flesh is of God. But any spirit that does not recognize Jesus is not from God, it is the spirit of the antichrist. You have heard of his coming and even now he is in the world. You, my dear children, are of God and you have already overcome these people, because the one who is in you is more powerful than he who is in the world. They are of the world and the world inspires them and those of the world listen to them. We are of God and those who know God listen to us, but those who are not of God ignore us. This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error as well.

MATTHEW 4:12-17,23-25
When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum, a town by the lake of Galilee, at the border of Zebulun and Naphtali. In this way the word of the prophet Isaiah was fulfilled: Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, crossed by the Road of the Sea, and you who live beyond the Jordan, Galilee, land of pagans: The people who lived in darkness have seen a great light; on those who live in the land of the shadow of death, a light has shone. From that time on, Jesus began to proclaim his message, "Change your ways: the kingdom of heaven is near." Jesus went around all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing all kinds of sickness and disease among the people. The news about him spread through the whole of Syria, and the people brought all their sick to him, and all those who suffered: the possessed, the deranged, the paralyzed, and he healed them all. Large crowds followed him from Galilee and the Ten Cities, from Jerusalem, Judea, and from across the Jordan.

During Jesus' public ministry, He attracted great crowds like flecks of iron drawn to a magnet. Under the blazing heat of the sun, people waited for hours just to catch a glimpse of Him. They marveled at His deeds and clamored for His attention. Why? Was it because of His dazzling charisma and enigmatic presence? Or was it simply because He just had the right kind of things to say that always left His listeners astounded?

Maybe not. More than His undeniable appeal and commanding voice, Jesus was a man of the people. Even in the direst of circumstances, he traveled widely to help those in need, ministered publicly to give hope, and healed the sick relentlessly to ease their sufferings. His words were always accompanied by acts of caring and deep sense of compassion for others. There were no personal agenda, no hidden charges but pure and genuine service. He touched and transformed human hearts like no other. In so doing, people were drawn to His healing love and presence. In the darkness of their lives, they had seen and experienced the Great Light. The brilliance of Christ's love had dawned on them and broke the yoke that weighed them down.

Jesus calls us every single day to do right, not just say the right words. If we want to be a people builder, we must walk the miles with a spirit of a true servant. Jesus left us a wonderful example to follow. Let us be the Light, shining radiantly for others.

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
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo; for protection and personal intentions of Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo,Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo,Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Andy Lecaros
… for the personal intentions of 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: Marikit Mendoza
- Birthday: Patrick S. Syling
- Wedding Anniversary: Tyrone & Letty Tang
- Thanksgiving: Prime Spots Inc.
- Prayer Intention: Johnson Cuiting
- In Memoriam (+): Mary Sio Soc Ching
- In Memoriam (+): Marcela Y. Sim
… 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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