Tuesday, March 03, 2015

 

WEDNESDAY, 2nd Week of Lent

March 4, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 2nd Week of Lent
St. Casimir
Violet

Jer 18:18-20 / Mt 20:17-28

[St. Casimir (1458-1484) was the son of the monarchs of Poland and Lithuania. He is the Patron of Poland and Lithuania.]

Reading: Jer 18:18-20
Then they said, "Come, let us plot against Jeremiah, for even without him, there will be priests to interpret the Teachings of the Law. . . Come, let us accuse him and strike him down instead of listening to what he says." Hear me, O Yahweh! Listen to what my accusers say. Is evil the reward of good? Remember how I stood before you to speak well on their behalf so that your anger might subside.

Gospel: Mt 20:17-28
When Jesus was going to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve aside and said to them on the way, "See, we are going to Jerusalem. There the Son of Man will be given over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law who will condemn him to death. They will hand him over to the foreigners who will mock him, scourge him and crucify him. But he will be raised to life on the third day."
Then the mother of James and John came to Jesus with her sons, and she knelt down to ask a favor. Jesus said to her, "What do you want?" And she answered, "Here you have my two sons. Grant that they may sit, one at your right and one at your left, when you are in your kingdom."
Jesus said to the brothers, "You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am about to drink?" They answered, "We can." Jesus replied, "You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right or at my left is not for me to grant. That will be for those for whom the Father has prepared it."
The other ten heard all this and were angry with the two brothers. Then Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the nations act as tyrants, and the powerful oppress them. It shall not be so among you; whoever wants to be more important in your group shall make himself your servant. And if you want to be first, make yourself the servant of all. Be like the Son of Man who has come, not to be served but to serve and to give his life to redeem many."
Reflection:
To be chosen for God's work is to undergo a revolution. It is to face the unexpected, to face what may be to human nature's liking. Jeremiah expressed his utter disbelief that he had to undergo so many troubles when he was just doing what Yahweh tasked him to do. He was able to complain to Yahweh, "You duped me." Now the very people for whom he had interceded with God have turned against him.
No wonder Jesus' close circle of followers could not understand when Jesus tells them of his coming death. We do not rally behind a person who is a loser or a failure. We usually gravitate towards winners, personalities whose fame, popularity or power can rub on us and help us. We expect, at the very least, that we could benefit from or share in what these personalities have or what we think they have.
The feeling of disappointment or even indignation among the followers of Jesus is understandable. What would then be their share? Is there anything for them to share?
Jesus loses no time instructing those around him what following him entails, "Their great ones make their importance felt. It cannot be like that with you. . . Anyone among you who aspires to greatness must serve the rest and whoever wants to rank first among you must serve the needs of all."
Pope Francis underscores Christ's words when he says, "Authentic power is service." Francis' following of Christ is radical: he shows it in his simple ways of leading the Church today.
We are leaders in one way or another, or aspire to be. How do we lead? How do we serve?


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
ARTURO M. MARIN
DEANDRA GO-TAN
EMILY CUASO
FR. ADRIANO R. TAPIADOR, SJ

IN MEMORIAM (+)
BENITO S. CUA (NOV 5, 1935-MAR 4, 2003)

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

 

MONDAY, 2nd Week of Lent

March 2, 2015 MONDAY, 2nd Week of Lent

Violet

 

Dn 9: 4b-10 / Lk 6:36-38

 

Reading: Dn 9: 4b-10

     "Lord God, great and to be feared, you keep your Covenant and love for those who love you and observe your commandments. We have sinned, we have not been just, we have been rebels, and have turned away from your commandments and laws. We have not listened to your servants, the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, leaders, fathers and to all the people of the land.

     Lord, justice is yours, but ours is a face full of shame, as it is to this day – we, the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the whole of Israel, near and far away, in all the lands where you have dispersed us because of the infidelity we have committed against you. Ours is the shame, O Lord for we, our kings,  princes, fathers, have sinned against you. We hope for pardon and mercy from the Lord, because we have rebelled against him. We have not listened to the voice of Yahweh, our God, or followed the laws which he has given us through his servants, the prophets.

 

Gospel: Lk 6:36-38

     Jesus said to his disciples, "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Don't be a judge of others and you will not be judged; do not condemn and you will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven; give and it will be given to you, and you will receive in your sack good measure, pressed down, full and running over. For the measure you give will be the measure you receive back."

Reflection:

     Some of the hardest things to do are to be merciful and to forgive someone who has hurt us. Our natural reaction is to retaliate or to strike back, preferably with more force, just to see the satisfaction of hurting the other party even more than they hurt us.

     And yet, Jesus tells us to be merciful just like the Father; not to judge or condemn; to forgive. By doing so, He promises that we will receive the same treatment that we give others, in full measure and running over. This is exactly how Jesus, innocent and sinless, out of unconditional love for us, embraced his rejection, his Passion and death so that He may rise again, conquering sin and death, and bringing all of us the salvation He wants for everyone. He did not hold anything against his enemies but forgave them from the cross.

     To show mercy and to forgive are some of the most difficult things to do. We can't do it alone and it takes time. Jesus wants us to repent for any resentment or hatred we may have against others. He knows how it feels to suffer from life's hurts and He is always with us in our struggles. It is only with God's grace that we'll be able to reconcile with our enemies or people who have hurt us or treated us unfairly and to move on.

     Forgiveness doesn't always totally erase the memory of the hurt that was done to us but the process of healing can only start with this conscious act of love and forgiveness. It is what Christ did for us with His loving sacrifice on the cross. He wants to see us whole and at peace, and free enough to show people the same mercy he has shown us. "For the measure you give will be the measure you receive back."

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     JEKIE DAGODOG

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For Tan Chin Eng who is depressed after he was told he had several minor strokes, and that he may have the will to strive for recovery and the will to live.

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

 

2nd SUNDAY OF LENT

March 1, 2015 - 2nd SUNDAY OF LENT

Cycle B, Violet

 

Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 / Rom 8: 31b-34 / Mk 9:2-10

 

First Reading: Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18

     Some time later God tested Abraham and said to him, "Abraham!" And he answered, "Here I am." Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I shall point out to you."

     When Abraham had built the altar and set the wood on it, he then stretched out his hand to seize the knife and slay his son. But the Angel of Yahweh called to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!"

     And he said, "Here I am." "Do not lay your hand on the boy; do not harm him, for now I know that you fear God, and you have not held back from me your only son."

     Abraham looked around and saw behind him a ram caught by its horns in a bush. He offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son.

     And the Angel of Yahweh called from heaven a second time, "By myself I have sworn, it is Yahweh who speaks, because you have done this and not held back your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the lands of their enemies. All the nations of the earth will be blessed through your descendants because you have obeyed me." 

 

Second Reading: Rom 8: 31b-34

     If God is with us, who shall be against us? If he did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not give us all things with him? Who shall accuse those chosen by God: he takes away their guilt. Who will dare to condemn them? Christ who died, and better still, rose and is seated at the right hand of God, interceding for us?

 

Gospel: Mk 9:2-10

     Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain. There his appearance was changed before their eyes. Even his clothes shone, becoming as white as no bleach of this world could make. Elijah and Moses appeared to them; the two were talking to Jesus.

     Then Peter spoke and said to Jesus, "Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." For he did not know what to say; they were overcome with awe. But a cloud formed, covering them in a shadow, and from the cloud came this word, "This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him." And suddenly, as they looked around they no longer saw anyone except Jesus with them.

     As they came down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man be risen from the dead. So they kept this to themselves, although they discussed with one another what "to rise from the dead" could mean.

 

Reflection:

     In God's wise providence the transfiguration of Christ took place between two startling and disheartening experiences on the part of Christ's followers, the revelation of Christ that "the Son of Man will be delivered into human hands. They will kill him, but three days after he has been killed, he will rise" and his actual crucifixion and death on the cross.

     Understandably, "the disciples did not understand these words [about his death] and they were afraid to ask him what he meant." His disciples had known him as an admirable teacher and miracle-worker; Peter had publicly professed him as "the Messiah." What does his prediction about his death mean?

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     ALEX C.ONGTENCO

     JEFFREY N. SARMIENTO 

     MARIE JOY SALITA 

     MARISSA DUCUT

     MYRASOL A. OROSA

     ROSE RIVERA

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     DOLORES A. UNSON (BDAY)

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Friday, February 27, 2015

 

SATURDAY, 1st Week of Lent

February 28, 2015 SATURDAY, 1st Week of Lent

Violet

 

Dt 26:16-19 / Mt 5: 43-48

 

Reading: Dt 26:16-19

     On this day, Yahweh, your God, commands you to fulfill these norms and these commandments. Obey them now and put them into practice with all your heart and with all your soul.

     Today Yahweh has declared to you that he will be your God, and so you shall follow his ways, observing his norms, his commandments and his laws, and listening to his voice.

     Today Yahweh has declared that you will be his very own people even as he had promised you, and you must obey all his commandments. He, for his part, will give you honor, renown and glory, and set you high above all the nations he has made, and you will become a nation consecrated to Yahweh, your God, as he has declared.

 

Gospel: Mt 5: 43-48

     Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said: Love your neighbor and do not do good to your enemy. But this I tell you: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in Heaven. For he makes his sun rise on both the wicked and the good, and he gives rain to both the just and the unjust.

     "If you love those who love you, what is special about that? Do not even tax collectors do as much? And if you are friendly only to your friends, what is so exceptional about that? Do not even the pagans do as much? For your part you shall be righteous and perfect in the way your heavenly Father is righteous and perfect."

 

Reflection:

     For most of us, loving our enemies is really something that is next to impossible to do. Imagine having to forgive and to love the persons who wronged us, the ones who hurt us, the ones who cheated us. How on earth can we do that?

     Perhaps it might be helpful if we beg our Lord for a forgiving and loving heart as we pray the prayer that Jesus taught us, silently and slowly in our hearts, conscious of the feelings that each word or phrase expresses:

     "Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."

     As we pray the Lord's prayer, we pause right here and recall those we need to forgive, the un-lovable ones, the cruel ones, the unjust ones, those who hurt us, those who treated us badly. Who are these people? How did they exactly hurt us? What were the circumstances? We allow those hurting feelings to surface and ask the Lord to soothe these pains. What do we tell the Lord? What do we say to those who hurt us, right here, right now? We pause, we pray for them, and in the end, we offer them to the Lord for his blessing.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     JUDY MINDA O. JUNIO

     JULIAN JR. S. LOLA

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

 

THURSDAY, 1st Week of Lent

February 26, 2016 THURSDAY, 1st Week of Lent
Violet

Est C:12.14-16.23-25 / Mt 7:7-12

Reading: Est C:12.14-16.23-25
Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, fled to the Lord for refuge. She prayed to the Lord, the God of Israel, saying: "My Lord, you alone are our King. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand. From birth, I have heard among my people that you, Lord, chose Israel from among all nations, and our ancestors from among all their forebears, as a lasting inheritance, and that you fulfilled all your promises to them. Be mindful of us, Lord. Make yourself known in the time of our distress and give me courage, King of gods and Ruler of every power. Put in my mouth persuasive words in the presence of the lion, and turn his heart to hatred for our enemy, so that he and his co-conspirators may perish. Save us by your power, and help me, who am alone and have no one but you, Lord.

Gospel: Mt: 7: 7-12
Jesus said, "Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; and the door will be opened to him who knocks. Would any of you give a stone to your son when he asks for bread? Or give him a snake, when he asks for a fish? As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
"So, do to others whatever you would that others do to you: there you have the Law and the Prophets."

Reflection:
In the book of Esther, the Jews of Persia were being threatened with extermination. But Mordecai and Esther both prayed to God with all their might and implored Him to deliver Israel. God saved His people and their enemies were destroyed.
Oftentimes we go about our daily lives doing many things. When something goes wrong, we try to fix the problem. Often as a last recourse, we ask God for help. To pray to God does not mean not to rely on one's capacities. It means to invite God into our daily life activities and struggles. It is always good to pray at the beginning of the day, during the day and at the end of the day. In this way, we will be calmer in our decisions, much less impatient and more clear-headed.
It is also not proper to ask God for everything. What we should pray for are things that we really need and things that would benefit others. It is also good to pray for people who have serious problems in life after we have counseled them a bit. We will not know the power of prayer unless we have prayed for a long time and seen its fruits.
Once we have established an intimate relationship with God through prayer, we can start to talk to him as a son addresses his father. We begin to trust in him and understand his plans for us and for others. We start to think like Jesus who is the best model of prayer. Jesus prayed all the time and loved all men totally. The Father always listened to his prayers which were always in accordance with the mind of God.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
JEROME RODERICK L. DIOKNO

OTHER INTENTIONS:
For the thanksgiving & special intentions of Beny Chua.

Thanksgiving for the gift of life of NELSON BILLANES on March 4.

For more faith & trust in the Lord for LJ Koh.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

 

WEDNESDAY, 1st Week of Lent

February 25, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 1st Week of Lent

Violet

 

Jon 3: 1-10 / Lk 11: 29-32

 

Reading: Jon 3: 1-10

     The word of Yahweh came to Jonah a second time: "Go to Nineveh, the great city, and announce to them the message I give you."

     In obedience to the word of Yahweh, Jonah went to Nineveh. It was a very large city, and it took three days just to cross it. So Jonah walked a single day's journey and began proclaiming, "Forty days more and Nineveh will be destroyed."

     The people of the city believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

     Upon hearing the news, the king of Nineveh got up from his throne, took off his royal robe, put on sackcloth and sat down in ashes. He issued a proclamation throughout Nineveh:

     "By the decree of the king and his nobles, no people or beasts, herd or flock, will taste anything; neither will they eat nor drink. But let people and beasts be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call aloud to God, turn from his evil ways and violence. Who knows? God may yet relent, turn from his fierce anger and spare us."

     When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened upon them. 

 

Gospel: Lk 11: 29-32

     As the crowd increased, Jesus began to speak in this way, "People of the present time are evil people. They ask for a sign, but no sign will be given to them except the sign of Jonah. As Jonah became a sign for the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be a sign for this generation. The Queen of the South will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and here there is greater than Solomon. The people of Nineveh will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them, for Jonah's preaching made them turn from their sins, and here there is greater than Jonah."

 

Reflection:

     Signs are very important in our day-to-day living. We work with signs in our daily lives. Everything we have is a sign which our senses perceive and transmit to our brain for processing. It is our memory which then attaches meaning to these particular signs so that we can sense the object and are then able to associate meaning to it. The meaning of the sign is usually commonly shared and understood; it is in following the understood meaning that we have order in our life and society. The importance of a sign is not so much in merely sensing it but in understanding and following the meaning of the sign.

     A traffic light and its tri-colors are signs which instruct us what to do at the road intersection. The color green is understood as "Go," yellow as "Caution," and red as "Stop." If one were to read red as "Go," one could have disastrous results.

     In today's Gospel reading Jesus reprimands the Jews for continuing to demand a sign: he had shown them many "signs" in his public ministry. Jesus reprimands them more especially for their refusal to read and accept the meaning of the signs given to them - the signs which point to his message and person as the Messiah. Jesus is concerned that this refusal and unbelief will bring them to a disastrous end, just like the driver on the road who does not see nor understand the meaning of a red traffic light.

     What signs have we received from the Lord? What signs have we ignored? We could look at areas or aspects of our lives which may be in chaos or disorder. Let us ask for his grace to be more sensitive to his signs and promptings, especially during the Lenten season.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     VERNICE

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     JOSE CHUA BENG CHONG (MAR 4, 1882 - FEB 25, 1932)

     JOSEPH CHAMSAY (JUNE 26, 1929 - FEB 25, 1995)

     JOHN PAUL UY (FEB 25, 1984 – FEB 27, 2010)

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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TUESDAY, 1st Week of Lent

February 24, 2015, TUESDAY, 1st Week of Lent

Violet 

 

Is 55:10-11 / Mt 6:7-15

 

Reading: Is 55:10-11

     As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return till they have watered the earth, making it yield seed for the sower and food for others to eat, so is my word that goes forth out of my mouth: it will not return to me idle, but it shall accomplish my will, the purpose for which it has been sent.

 

Gospel: Mt 6:7-15

     Jesus said, "When you pray, do not use a lot of words, as the pagans do, for they hold that the more they say, the more chance they have of being heard. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need, even before you ask him.

     "This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, holy be your name, your kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts just as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us. Do not bring us to the test but deliver us from the evil one.

     "If you forgive others their wrongs, your Father in heaven will also forgive yours. If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive you either."

 

Reflection:

     In today's Gospel reading, Jesus instructs us to forgive others. That is easier said than done, especially when oftentimes those whom we try to help seem undeserving of our mercy. Sometimes, no matter how much we try, they just keep falling into the same problem all over again. What should we do then?

     Jesus tells us that we must be reflections of God's infinite mercy. For as long as our fellow men are in need of forgiveness, we must grant them mercy. So that through us, they may realize that despite their ways, and regardless of their situation, God has not abandoned them.

     Lent is a time of repentance, when we ask God for forgiveness. Maybe it's about time we grant forgiveness as well? Is there anyone who has wronged you? Forgive them for their trespasses, and be merciful, just like Our Father is merciful.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     FAYE ANTOLIN

     ROBERTO CRISTOBAL NAZAL

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     GEMMIMA TETEL & JOHNSON HO GOTAMCO

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     MARIE O'GORMAN

 

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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Saturday, February 21, 2015

 

MONDAY, 1ST WEEK OF LENT

February 23, 2015 MONDAY, 1ST WEEK OF LENT

St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr 

Violet

 

Lv 19:1-2, 11-18 / Mt 25: 31-46

 

[A disciple of St. John the Apostle, St. Polycarp (d. 155), Bishop of Smyrna (now Izmir in Turkey) was martyred by the Roman pro-consul.]

 

Reading: Lv 19:1-2, 11-18

     Yahweh spoke to Moses and said,  2 "Speak to the entire assembly of the people of Israel and say to them: Be holy for I, Yahweh, your God, am holy.

     Do not steal or lie or deceive one another. Do not swear falsely by my name so as to profane the name of your God; I am Yahweh.

     Do not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning. You shall not curse a deaf man nor put a stumbling block in the way of the blind; but you shall fear your God; I am Yahweh.

     Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor nor bow to the great; you are to judge your neighbor fairly so as not to share in his guilt. Do not go about as a slanderer of your people and do not seek the death of your neighbor; I am Yahweh.

     Do not hate your brother in your heart; rebuke your neighbor frankly so as not to share in his guilt. Do not seek revenge or nurture a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself; I am Yahweh.

 

Gospel: Mt 25:31-40

     When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all his angels, he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be brought before him, and as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, so will he do with them, placing the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.

     The King will say to those on his right, 'Come, blessed of my Father! Take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me into your house. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to see me.'

     Then the good people will ask him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, and give you food; thirsty, and give you something to drink; or a stranger, and welcome you; or naked, and clothe you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and go to see you?' The King will answer, 'Truly I say to you: whenever you did this to these little ones who are my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.'

     Then he will say to those on his left: 'Go, cursed people, out of my sight into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels! For I was hungry and you did not give me anything to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink; I was a stranger and you did not welcome me into your house; I was naked and you did not clothe me; I was sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'

     They, too, will ask: 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, naked or a stranger, sick or in prison, and did not help you?' The King will answer them: 'Truly, I say to you: whatever you did not do for one of these little ones, you did not do for me.'

     And these will go into eternal punishment, but the just to eternal life."

   

Reflection:

     During the Last Judgment, as described in today's Gospel, it is very clear how Jesus will judge each one of us. He already tells us how we should conduct our life before he renders judgement: "'Whenever you did this to these little ones who are my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.'"

     As Christians, we are expected to continue with Christ's mission: feeding the hungry, helping the poor, promoting justice, spreading the Good News. As long as we recognize every person (not only those whom we know and like or are close to us, but everyone, including those who are difficult to love) as a brother and sister and treat them with love and compassion, Jesus will welcome us into His Kingdom. If we only think of ourselves and neglect the needs of the people around us, then he will curse us and send us away into eternal punishment.

     Lord, help me to see you in every person I meet and to treat everyone with love and compassion.

   

   

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

   

BIRTHDAY

     ARLETH MENDOZA

     HARRIS JAVIER T. NGO

     REV. FR. CALOY REYES

     RONALD CUADRO 

     HENRY C. PARIÑAS

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the successful surgery, healing and recovery of IRIS SANTOS LASIN

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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1st SUNDAY OF LENT

February 22, 2015 – 1st SUNDAY OF LENT

Cycle B, Violet

 

Gn 9: 8-15 / 1 Pt 3: 18-22 / Mk 1: 12-15

 

First Reading: Gn 9: 8-15 

     God spoke to Noah and his son, "See I am making a covenant with you and with your descendants after you; also with every living animal with you: birds, cattle, that is, with every living creature of the earth that came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you. Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth."

     God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I make between me and you, and every animal living with you for all future generations. I set my bow in the clouds and it will be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember the covenant between me and you and every kind of living creature, so that never again will floodwaters destroy all flesh.

 

Second Reading: 1 Pt 3: 18-22

     Remember how Christ died, once and for all, for our sins. He, the just one, died for the unjust in order to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the Spirit he was raised to life, and it was then that he went to preach to the imprisoned spirits. They were the generation who did not believe when God, in his great patience, delayed punishing the world while Noah was building the ark in which a small group of eight persons escaped through water. That was a type of the baptism that now saves you; this baptism is not a matter of physical cleansing but of asking God to reconcile us through the resurrection of Christ Jesus. He has ascended to heaven and is at the right hand of God, having subjected the angels, Dominations and Powers.

 

Gospel: Mk 1:12-15

     Then the Spirit drove him into the desert. Jesus stayed in the desert forty days and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, but angels ministered to him. After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee and began preaching the Good News of God. He said, "The time has come; the kingdom of God is at hand. Change your ways and believe the Good News."

 

Reflection:

     Sometime in 1988 Jimmy Swaggart, a well-known American TV preacher, confessed on public TV his infidelity to his wife, his son and his daughter-in-law. This ended his multi-million dollar world-wide TV preaching ministry. One may then ask, "What tempts one to risk all and basically achieve nothing?" There are also some in positions of power and influence who do not let their power and influence change their lives: the President of Uruguay lives with his wife in a small farm, drives an old Volkswagen and donates most of his salary to the poor.

     The First Sunday of Lent tells us how Jesus handled temptations and how the devil and the powers of evil operate.

     Jesus starts his public ministry by prayer and fasting in the desert for forty days. Jesus is both God and man; the devil is able to tempt him as man. The Gospel reading from Mark tells us that "he was tempted by Satan." Matthew (Mt 4: 1-11) and Luke (Lk 4: 4-13) give fuller details of Jesus being tempted by Satan. Satan tempted him to lead him away from the plan and will of the Father; Satan even makes use of Scripture to divert Jesus from the Father's will; Jesus repels the devil with another Scripture passage.

     From the desert Jesus begins his preaching, "The time has come; the kingdom of God is at hand. Change your ways and believe the Good News." He tells the people that the long-awaited redemption is at hand, that they should reform their ways and lives.

     What are the temptations met by today's followers of Christ? One would be the worship of false gods: most obvious is the cult of money and wealth. Though money and wealth are not in themselves evil, the fascination, pursuit and enjoyment of money and wealth could easily lead to evil. We need and commend hard work; we need resourceful, creative fund managers and wise investors. But we do not need greedy entrepreneurs, dishonest businessmen and public servants and those willing and ready to trample rights of others in their pursuit of money and success. We must always remember that money and wealth should be used for us and all others to live good lives.

     It is also so easy to misuse and abuse otherwise useful and needed gadgets and tools. We can waste so much time and money on computers and the internet. Computers and the internet are very useful and helpful; yet they should not control our lives.

     Science and technology are not a replacement for God and religion. Advances in science and technology can tempt us to forget and ignore God, prayer and our faith.

     Lent is a special season of grace in the Church to help us transform our lives and ourselves in response to Christ's urgent message that "the kingdom of God is at hand. Change our ways and believe in Good News." It is a grace-filled season to join our Lord in his ministry, passion and death and to prepare for his glorious and joyful resurrection.

   

   

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

AUGUSTO BENGZON

  CHE B. CONCEPTION

  

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the successful surgery, healing and recovery of Iris Santos Lasin.

 

For the successful operation, speedy recovery and complete healing of Agnes Bacani

 

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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