August 04, 2012
by Rev. Fr Lito Ignacio
Edsa Shrine ( Prayer Rally for NO to RH Bill )
First Reading: Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24
Psalm: Psalm 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34
Gospel: Matthew 14:1-12
1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus; 2 and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him." 3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife; 4 because John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her." 5 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. 6 But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Hero'di-as danced before the company, and pleased Herod, 7 so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter." 9 And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given; 10 he sent and had John beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.
We should believe in the miracle of prayer, the miracle of life, the miracle of love. Let us not allow the evil one to destroy life, to destroy morality.
(Father Lito is quite emotional during his homily, because kawawa naman ang life in the womb, mga unborn babies at mga mommies pag naipasa ang RH Bill.)
He said that:
the fruit of silence is prayer.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service, and
The fruit of service is peace.
He urges us to be united in prayer and to fight the evil one through prayer.
And that would be our weapon and shield for the fight.