Sunday, September 01, 2013
Monday 22 nd Week in Ordinary Time – Year I
Monday 22 nd Week in Ordinary Time – Year I
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Brothers and sisters, we want you not to be mistaken about
those who are already asleep, lest you grieve as do those who have no hope. We
believe that Jesus died and rose; it will be the same for those who have died
in Jesus. God will bring them together with Jesus and for his sake. By the same
word of the Lord we assert this: those of us who are to be alive at the Lord's
coming will not go ahead of those who are already asleep. When the command by
the arch angel's voice is given, the Lord himself will come down from heaven,
while the divine trumpet call is sounding. Then those who have died in the Lord
will rise ﬁrst; as for us who are still alive, we will be brought along with
them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the celestial world. And we will be with
the Lord forever. So, then comfort one another with these words.
entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, as he usually did. He stood up to read,
and they handed him the book of the prophet Isaiah. Jesus then unrolled the
scroll and found the place where it is written: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon
me. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to
captives and new sight to the blind; to free the oppressed and to announce the
Lord's year of mercy." Jesus then rolled up the scroll, gave it to the
attendant and sat down; while the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on
him. Then he said to them, "Today these prophetic words come true, even as you
listen." All agreed with him, and were lost in wonder, while he spoke of the
grace of God. Nevertheless they asked, "Who is this but Joseph's son?" So he
said, "Doubtless you will quote me the saying: Doctor, heal yourself! Do here
in your town what they say you did in Capernaum." Jesus added, "No prophet is
honored in his own country. Truly, I say to you, there were many widows in
Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens withheld rain for three years
and six months and a great famine came over the whole land. Yet Elijah was not
sent to any of them, but to a widow of Zarephath, in the country of Sidon.
There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha, the prophet, and
no one was healed except Naaman, the Syrian." On hearing these words, the whole
assembly became indignant. They rose up and brought him out of the town, to the
edge of the hill on which Nazareth is built, intending to throw him down the
cliff. But he passed through their midst and went his way.
They were all well impressed with him and marveled at the
eloquent words that he spoke...(Luke 4:22) The original Greek translation of
Luke 4:22 reads "and all bore witness about him and were astonished at the
works of grace..."
When Jesus read the Scriptures in Nazareth, people were already
watching him. What he said disturbed them and made them react so violently
One thing we could say about Jesus is that he is very
purposeful. One would find that he does things for a reason. Here, he does not
beat around the bush. He tells them what is happening. He told them the truth;
that they did not really welcome him. This made them malevolent to the point of
pushing him off the cliff. Jesus knew this would happen but he did not retract.
He said what he said and bravely faced the crowd.
"Our own Catholic faith is tremendously challenging and
stretching. It is continually reminding us that God is bigger than the little
world we inhabit. Are we able to rise to the challenge?" - John Hemer, Jesus'
Rejection at Nazareth
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
Ma. Andrea Kristina Lagmay
… In Memoriam: Cipriano P Maribojoc
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ
Birthday: Elizabeth P. Tupas
Birthday: Renzmar M. Malabanan
Birthday: Lhorie Reyes
Birthday: Maphie Tandoc
Birthday: Uy Kim
Birthday: Armand Nicholas Y. Lu
Wedding Anniversary: Prudencio & Filomena Ng
… 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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