Sunday, September 24, 2017
MONDAY, 25th Week in Ordinary Time
September 25, 2017 – MONDAY, 25th Week in Ordinary Time
Ezr 1: 1 - 6 / Lk 8: 16 - 18
FROM THE 1ST READING: Ezr 1: 2 - 6
Thus speaks Cyrus, king of Persia: Yahweh, the God of heavens, who has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, has ordered me to build a Temple in Jerusalem, in the land of Judah. To everyone belonging to his people, may God be with him! Let them go up to Jerusalem with the help of their God and there build the House of Yahweh, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem. In every place where the rest of the people of Yahweh live, let the people of those places help them for their journey with silver, gold and all kinds of goods and livestock. Let them also give them voluntary offerings for the House of Yahweh which is in Jerusalem.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 8: 16- 18
Jesus said, "No one, after lighting a lamp covers it with a bowl or puts it under the bed; rather he puts it on a lampstand so that people coming in may see the light. In the same way, there is nothing hidden that shall not be uncovered; nothing kept secret that shall not be known clearly. Now take care how well you listen, for whoever produces more will be given more, but from those who do not produce, even what they seem to have will be taken away from them."
In the first reading King Cyrus directs the rebuilding of the Temple at Jerusalem, where the Yahweh, the God of Israel, resides.
We are taught that in baptism we receive God's grace and are forgiven our sins, become members of the Church and temples of the Holy Spirit. As temples of the Holy Spirit, we welcome the Holy Spirit and radiate his goodness and love to the world. With the help of the Spirit, through prayer and good deeds, we are strengthened to live as children of the Father in heaven and brothers/sisters of the Lord. We learn to call God our Father and to accept, love and forgive our fellows.
Endowed with the loving presence of the Holy Spirit, we become, like Christ, lights to the world, sharing our light and God's love and goodness to all those around us. May our light received at baptism not burn out but instead grow ever stronger and brighter for all to see and to give glory to God.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
CHRISTOPHER M. PALlSOC
CHRYSTAL G. MALlNAY
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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