Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Thursday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time- Year I
September 26, 2013
Thursday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time- Year I
Memorial, Saints Cosmas and Damian, martyrs
Hg 1:1-8 / Ps 149: 1b-2. 3-4. 5-6a and 9b / Lk 9:7-9
In the second year of the reign of Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, a word of Yahweh was directed to the prophet Haggai for the benefit of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest. "So says Yahweh of hosts: This people claim that the time to rebuild the House of Yahweh has not yet come. Well now, hear what I have to say through the prophet Haggai: Is this the time for you to live in your well-built houses while this House is a heap of ruins? Think about your ways: you have sown much but harvested little, you eat and drink but are not satisfied, you clothe your-selves but still feel cold, and the laborer puts the money he earned in a tattered purse. Now think about what you must do: go to the mountain and look for wood to rebuild the House. This will make me happy and I will feel deeply honored, says Yahweh.
King Herod heard of all this, and did not know what to think, for people said, "This is John, raised from the dead." Others believed that Elijah, or one of the ancient prophets, had come back to life. As for Herod, he said, "I had John beheaded. Who is this man, about whom I hear such wonders?" And he was anxious to see him.
Herod was the governor of the land. He had power and resources. He was "the authority" and had the wisdom to rule his people. And yet the wisdom of this world that was Herod's was confounded by the simple reality of Jesus' healing presence and his teachings. "He did not know what to think... I had John beheaded... Who is this man..." He lost his wisdom when confronted with the wonders or the miracles Jesus had done.
In our world today, there are still some miracles, great and small, happening now and then. If we are attuned to the movement of the Spirit in us, in others and in the world, we see these miracles, accept them and perceive God's action in them because of the Spirit in us. However, if God is not in us, and we act as if we are responsible for everything and anything, then we can be like Herod, confounded by simple yet divine realities. We could not believe this or that would be God's miracle. It may be just the fact that we can get up in the morning to live another day, or that we have been saved from a near catastrophic event like a plane crash or car accident, or that bitter enemies have reconciled, or the reality that the bread and wine have become the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ at Mass.
Let us pray for one another and ask the Lord to make us sensitive to His presence in the different events in our life and in the world. We know that He is with us always, but are we conscious of that? If we are, then, we would never be offending one another, and always be grateful to God for His presence.
We pray …
…for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Irma Lazatin Veloso. 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: Thomas O'Gorman, S.J.
Wedding Anniversary: Lisa & Jun Alvendia
Wedding Anniversary: Dra. Rosalind Sia& Dr. John Lim
Wedding Anniversary: Nonoy & Shirley Panganiban, MD
Prayer Intention: Boniface Htwai Aung
Prayer Intention: Reform In Myanmar
Prayer Intention: Relief Work In Paputta, Myanungmya
In Memoriam (+): Santos Siy Cao Yao
In Memoriam (+): Go Ching Hai
… 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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