Friday, January 11, 2013
SATURDAY AFTER EPIPHANY – YEAR I
SATURDAY AFTER EPIPHANY – YEAR I
1 Jn 5:14-21 / Ps 149: 1-2. 3-4. 5 and 6a and 9b / Jn 3:22-30
1 JOHN 5:14-21
Through him we are fully confident that whatever we ask, according to his will, he will grant us. If we know that he hears us whenever we ask, we know that we already have what we asked of him. If you see your brother commit- ting sin, a sin which does not lead to death, pray for him, and God will give life to your brother. I speak, of course, of the sin which does not lead to death. There is also a sin that leads to death; I do not speak of praying about this. Every kind of wrongdoing is sin, but not all sin leads to death. We know that those born of God do not sin, but the one who was born of God protects them and the evil one does not touch them. We know that we belong to God, while the whole world lies in evil. We know that the Son of God has come and has given us power to know the truth. We are in him who is true, his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. My dear children, keep your- selves from idols.
After this, Jesus went into the territory of Judea with his disciples. He stayed there with them and baptized. John was also baptizing in Aenon, near Salim, where water was plentiful; people came to him and were baptized. This happened before John was put in prison. Now John's disciples had been questioned by a Jew about spiritual cleansing, so they came to John, and said, "Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, and about whom you spoke favorably, is now baptizing, and all are going to him." John answered, "No one can receive anything, except what has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, `I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.' Only the bridegroom has the bride; but the friend of the bridegroom stands by and listens, and rejoices to hear the bridegroom's voice. My joy is now full. It is necessary that he increase but that I decrease.
Our Father invites us to come to Him in confidence. In difficult or trying times, we sometimes find ourselves questioning His ways. "Lord, why did you allow this to happen?" Or when we see so much suffering or when circumstances or people can be so unkind. "Lord, when are things going to get better?" Times like these make us think God is not around or He doesn't care.
We develop confidence in God through a personal relationship with Him by reading the bible, being faithful to our prayer time, living according to the ways of Jesus. When we pray, it should be according to His will and not our will, His time and not our time. We listen to His words and not those of the material world. Money, fame, power, position, career could be false idols if they lure us away from Him. Prayers keep us focused on Him. This includes praying for others especially for those who are unlovable and even those who we think are unworthy of our prayers. It is so easy and normal to pray for our loved ones. However, He calls us to see beyond ourselves and our loved ones and to pray specifically for sinners.
Lord, let us see beyond ourselves, beyond our comforts, beyond our loved ones. Let us pray for sinners who need our prayers. Let us hear you in our sincere prayers and fervent hearts focused only on you. This way we can truly accept your invitation to come to you in confidence with full faith and trust that truly You always hear the prayers of our hearts attuned to You.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Andy Lecaros
- Virginia Hernandez
- Cecilia Katigbak and Miguel Katigbak
- Nelly de Guzman
- Mabel Perlas
- Fr. Jun Embile, S.J.
- 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
… In Thanksgiving: Lina Magcamit
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Minerva Quesada
- Eddie del Rosario
- Elean Flores
- Hilario Silvano, Sr.
- Dr. George Eufemio
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: Regina Morales
- Birthday: Francisco Tong
… 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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