Monday, September 02, 2013
Tuesday 22 nd Week in Ordinary Time – Year I
Memorial, Saint Gregory the Great, pope and doctor
Tuesday 22 nd Week in Ordinary Time – Year I
1 Thes 5:1-6,9-11 / Ps 27: 1. 4. 13-14 / Lk 4:31-37
You do not need anyone to write to you about the delay and the
appointed time for these events. You know that the Day of the Lord will come
like a thief in the night. When people feel secure and at peace, the disaster
will suddenly come upon them as the birth pangs of a woman in labor, and they
will not escape. But you, beloved, are not in darkness; so that day will not
surprise you like a thief. All of you are citizens of the light and the day; we
do not belong to night and darkness. Let us not, therefore, sleep as others do,
but remain alert and sober. For God has not willed us to be condemned but to
win salvation through Christ Jesus our Lord. He died for us so that we might
enter into life with him, whether we are still awake or already asleep.
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, as you are doing now.
Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee, and began
teaching the people at the sabbath meetings. They were astonished at the way he
taught them, for his word was spoken with authority. In the synagogue there was
a man possessed by an evil spirit who shouted in a loud voice, "What do you
want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I recognize you:
you are the Holy One of God." Then Jesus said to him sharply, "Be silent and
leave this man!" The evil spirit then threw the man down in front of them, and
came out of him without doing him harm. Amazement seized all these people, and
they said to one another, "What does this mean? He commands the evil spirits
with authority and power. He orders, and you see how they come out!" And news
about Jesus spread throughout the surrounding area.
In the first reading,
St. Paul reminds us Christians to be watchful for the coming of the Lord. Since
we are sons of light, we must stay awake and sober. A Christian knows that he
is called to live always in the presence of God who sees all things at all
times. God is his invisible master who expects him to be a light to others, to
live a prayerful life and to do good works. St. Gregory the Great, pope and
doctor of the Church, was always aware that his every action must be directed
to guiding or edifying others. With the weak and sinful, he was patient; with
the strong, he was encouraging and supportive. With the barbarians threatening
to invade Rome, he was brave and fearless.
In the gospel, Jesus
cures a demoniac. While he was preaching in the synagogue, the demoniac tried
to disrupt the service and so Jesus expelled the demon from the possessed man.
Sometimes we must also expel demons – those in us and those in other people. We
must, little by little, cleanse ourselves from our sins before we are able to
confront people who are possessed by evil thoughts, evil actions and evil
intentions. Sometimes we must correct these people in order to help them. It is
not easy to be a Christian because our battle is sometimes with evil men. We
need God's help and strength to expel demons, the evil around us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
Marilou S. Venegas
… for the personal intentions of Beny Chua
…In Thanksgiving: Marcelino Billanes
… In Memoriam: Cipriano P Maribojoc
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ
Birthday: Rose Villanueva
Birthday: Bernadette C. de Jesus
In Memoriam (+): Andres Son Keng Po
In Memoriam (+): Bon Ching Tan
… 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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