Saturday, June 08, 2013



JUNE 9, 2013


1 K 17:17-24 / Ps 30: 2. 4. 5-6. 11. 12. 13 / Gal 1:11-19 / Lk 7:11-17

1 Kings 17:17-24
After this, the son of this house wife became ill. And such was his illness that he stopped breathing. She then said to Elijah, "What did you do, O man of God? Have you come to uncov er past sins and cause my son's death?" He answered, "Give me your son." Taking him from her lap, he carried him up to the upper room where he was staying and laid him on his own bed. Then he called on Yahweh, "O Yahweh, my God, will you afflict even the widow with whom I am residing by letting her son die?" Then he stretched himself on the child three times and called on Yahweh, "O Yahweh, my God, let this child's breath return to him." Yahweh listened to the pleading of Elijah and the child's breath returned to him, and he lived. Elijah then took the child and brought him down from the upper room. He gave him to his mother and said, "See, your son is alive." Then the woman said to Elijah, "Now I am certain that you are a man of God, and that your words really came from Yahweh."

Galatians 1:11-19
Let me remind you, brothers and sisters, that the Gospel we preached to you is not a human message, nor did I receive it from anyone, I was not taught of it but it came to me as a revelation from Christ Jesus. You have heard of my previous activity in the Jewish community; I furiously persecuted the Church of God and tried to destroy it. For I was more devoted to the Jewish religion than many fellow Jews of my age, and I defended the traditions of my ancestors more fanatically. But one day God called me out of his great love, he who had chosen me from my mother's womb; and he was pleased to reveal in me his Son, that I might make him known among the pagan nations. Then I did not seek human advice nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me. I immediately went to Arabia, and from there I returned again to Damascus. Later, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to meet Cephas, and I stayed with him for fifteen days. But I did not see any other apostle except James, the Lord's brother.

Luke 7:11-17
A little later Jesus went to a town called Naim. He was accompanied by his disciples and a great number of people. As he reached the gate of the town, a dead man was being carried out. He was the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; there followed a large crowd of townspeople. On seeing her, the Lord had pity on her and said, "Don't cry." Then he came up and touched the stretcher, and the men who carried it stopped. Jesus then said, "Young man, I say to you, wake up!" And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. A holy fear came over them all, and they praised God, saying, "A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people." This news spread throughout Judea and the surrounding places.

In many of the miracles of Jesus, he often took notice of the great faith of people. For instance, he healed a paralytic whose friends took much effort to carry him up the roof and bring him down in front of Jesus (Mk 2:3-5). He also healed a woman who showed great faith by believing that she would be cured by simply touching the hem of the garment of Jesus (Mk 5:25-29). He was also greatly amazed by the faith of a Roman centurion who declared that he just wanted Jesus to "say the word" so that his servant would be healed (Mt 8:8).

But the miracle of Jesus in today's gospel does not mention any sign of faith. Rather, Jesus brings to life the only son of a widow because of compassion. As he sees her weeping, Jesus feels the widow's pain and suffering. The compassion of Jesus can also be seen in other instances. He healed many sick people out of compassion; he fed about five thousand people when he felt their hunger (Mt 14:13-21). When Jesus feels the pain and sufferings of people, he strives to do something for them.

In our lives, we encounter many people who experience so much pain and suffering. Our Lord calls us to feel as well their pain and suffering. Out of compassion, let us also strive, as individuals and as communities, to do our best to help ease their pain and sufferings as Jesus did.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Cely Katigbak
- Pilar David, Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo, Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
- Pauline
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Lilia Yang
- Serafina Falcon
- Amparo Suntay
- Don Vickaryous
- Mon Torres
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: Alexis Tsoi
- Birthday: Kelsey Liao
- Wedding Anniversary: Ted & Elisa Sta. Ana
- In Memoriam (+): Amada Deseo (Dec 2, 1908 - Jun 9, 1985)
- In Memoriam (+): Miguel C. Uy (Aug 4, 1931 - Jun 9, 2003)
… 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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