Sunday, January 22, 2017

 

MONDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

January 23, 2017 – MONDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

Green

 

Heb 9: 15, 24- 28 / Mk 3: 22- 30

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:     Heb 9:24, 28a

     Christ did not enter some sanctuary made by human hands, a copy of the true one, but heaven itself. He is now in the presence of God on our behalf.... Christ sacrificed himself once to take away the sins of the multitude.

 

GOSPEL READING:     Mk 3: 22- 30

     Meanwhile, the teachers of the Law who had come from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebub: the chief of the demons helps him to drive out demons."

 

     Jesus called them to him and began teaching them by means of stories or parables, "How can Satan drive out Satan? If a nation is divided by civil war, that nation cannot stand. If a family divides itself into groups, that family will not survive. In the same way, if Satan has risen against himself and is divided, he will not stand; he is finished. No one can break into the house of the Strong One in order to plunder his goods unless he first ties up the Strong One. Then indeed he can plunder the house.

 

     "Truly, I say to you, every sin will be forgiven mankind, even insults to God, however numerous. But whoever slanders the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he carries the guilt of his sin forever." This was their sin when they said, "He has an evil spirit in him."

 

REFLECTION

     We will never realize the magnitude of Christ's sacrifice on the cross until we see all our sins and witness the deep sufferings and sins of others. Many of us sin because of our problems, because we cannot accept rejection, being poor, being deprived, etc. We do bad things because we cannot accept our poverty, injustices committed against us, etc. Who is exempt from problems and suffering?

 

     Even Jesus suffered but he did so without rebelling. And without sinning. Jesus died not for his sins for he was sinless, but for our sins, our selfishness, our lack of love, our impatience and indifference and all the other crimes humankind has committed. His saving death on the cross was so great that no one should despair of his sins.

 

     In the Gospel reading we see the teachers of the Law claiming that Jesus was a tool of the devil. It is so hard and so disappointing to see how these men, despite the miracles and all the good things Jesus was doing, could not see the finger of God working through him.

 

     We pray that our minds and hearts would not be so blind and unable to see God's presence and action in our daily lives. People, who are so full of themselves, their wealth and possessions, ambitions and aspirations, could easily fail to see God's presence and actions. We should be in constant watch to see God's presence and actions in our lives.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     MARISSA R. PINCA

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     RUBEN CHAN HWAN (APR 14, 1958 ·JAN 23, 2010)

     YU CHENG KHO (1916·1993)

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the birthday & passing of exam of Richard Condor.

 

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, January 21, 2017

 

3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

January 22, 2017 - 3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Green

 

Is 8: 23- 9: 3 / 1 Cor 1: 10 - 13 / Mt 4:12- 23

 

FROM THE GOSPEL READING:     Mt 4: 18- 22

     As Jesus walked by the lake of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. He said to them, "Come, follow me, and I will make you fish for people." At once they left their nets and followed him,

 

     He went on from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus called them, at once they left their boat and their father and followed him.

   

REFLECTION

     The call of Peter and Andrew and of James and John to follow Jesus is a call for us to do the same, to follow Jesus all the way, no matter what the cost. The Gospel says that they left everything and followed Jesus. Some people never make a commitment to follow Jesus because they never realize that he is calling them. They think that the call of Jesus is just to go to church on Sundays or just to be a good person. No, he calls us to leave behind the way things used to be and to commit ourselves to following him. Peter, Andrew, James and John immediately left their nets and followed him: no hesitation, no delays. They realized that they had been offered the chance of a lifetime and they seized the moment.

 

     Today, Jesus is calling us through this Gospel reading. He wants us to follow him, "Come on! What better time? Seize the moment, make your choice, and come, follow me." We should not hang around and let the sense of God's call slip away from us.

 

     In following Jesus the apostles had to make radical changes in their lives. In our following of Jesus we too would have to make changes. Peter and Andrew left their fishing boat and nets; James and John left their boat, nets and father. Matthew gave up his lucrative job as a tax collector.

 

     Jesus urges us to give up certain things: what is he telling us to change in our lives? What is he telling us to re-arrange or adjust in our lives? We should be ready to hear what he is telling us: it may be to change a habit or attitude; it may be to give up some things; it may be one of many things. God knows what is good for us. We may be asked to give up some thing or things to which we are very much attached. Here lies the challenge: the adventure to follow Jesus is worth anything it may cost us.

 

     We should not let anyone or anything stop us from following Jesus. Commitment to follow Jesus will always cost something. The apostles left their livelihood to follow Jesus. Following Jesus may cost us a friend; family members may not understand what we are doing and may not wish to join you. If Jesus gave us his life and his all to save us, no sacrifice would be too great for us to follow Jesus as he asks.

 

     Jesus called Peter and Andrew and James and John to help him bring the Good News to all the world. He invites each one of us, each one in a very special and unique way considering how each one of us is indeed unique, to allow ourselves to be met, called, loved and sent off to meet, love and invite others. How loved we are by God to be sought and called to follow and assist his only Son!

 

     Do we feel we are true followers of Christ? What does being a "follower of Christ" mean to me? We hope we can, with honesty and generosity, pray, "Lord, I want to follow you, but I am weak. Take my hand and lead me, I will follow you. Thankful that you have called me, I bravely answer your call."

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

WEDDING ANNVIERSARY 

     LAWRENCE & CRICKET LESACA

 

BIRTHDAY

     TOTI P. VENTURA

 

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, January 20, 2017

 

SATURDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

January 21, 2017 – SATURDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr
Memorial, Red

Heb 9: 2- 3, 11 - 14 / Mk 3: 20- 21

St. Agnes, from a noble Roman family, was martyred under Diocletian by beheading at the age of 13 (304)

FROM THE 1ST READING:     Heb 9:11 - 14
     But now Christ has appeared as the high priest with regard to the good things of these new times. He passed through a sanctuary more noble and perfect, not made by hands that is, not created. He did not take upon himself the blood of goats and bulls but his own blood, when he entered once and for all into this sanctuary after obtaining definitive redemption.

     If the sprinkling of people defiled by sin with the blood of goats and bulls or with the ashes of a heifer provides them with exterior cleanness and holiness, how much more will it be with the blood of Christ? He, moved by the Holy Spirit, offered himself as an unblemished victim to God and his blood cleanses us from dead works, so that we may serve the living God.

GOSPEL READING:     Mk 3: 20- 21
     They went home. The crowd began to gather again and they could not even have a meal. Knowing what was happening his relatives came to take charge of him: "He is out of his mind," they said.

REFLECTION
     Today is the Memorial of St. Agnes of Rome, Virgin and Martyr. She is the Patron Saint of young girls, chastity, rape survivors and of the Children of Mary. Born in AD 291, she was beheaded when she was about twelve or thirteen (AD 304). Her life was simple and pure made complicated and tragic by lust and envy. A lovely young girl, she was coveted by various men. What really happened is not clear, except that she was beheaded presumably because she refused marriage. She loved Jesus and, dedicated to him in heart, mind and soul, for her Jesus was her sole spouse. She was so happy professing her love for Jesus Christ.

     Can we imagine the situation in which St. Agnes was and how she was willing to give up her life rather than give up her sole dedication and love for our Lord? How much do we love our Lord and to what extent are we able or willing to show and prove that we love him?

     In the first reading from the letter to the Hebrews, we are reminded how Jesus Christ, our eternal High Priest so loved us that he gave up his life for us and our salvation, "He, moved by the Holy Spirit, offered himself as an unblemished victim to God and his blood cleanses us from dead works, so that we may serve the living God."

     Such was the love with which St. Agnes loved our Lord. In some way may we learn from the life and death of St. Agnes how to live true love.

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     PATRICIA ANNE C. INOCENCIO

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     DEE KARLE EN ALESI (1 0/15/2008·01/21/20 15)

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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Thursday, January 19, 2017

 

FRIDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

January 20, 2017 – FRIDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time 

Sts. Fabian, Pope, and Sebastian, Martyrs Green

 

Heb 8:6- 13 / Mk 3: 13 – 19

 

     St. Fabian, a layman elected Pope in 236, was martyred under Decius in 250.

 

     St. Sebastian, an officer in Diocletian's imperial guard who converted to Christianity, was martyred in 288 by order of the Emperor.

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:     Heb 8:6- 7, 10- 13

     Now, however, Jesus enjoys a much higher ministry in being the mediator of a better covenant founded on better promises. If all had been perfect in the first covenant, there would have been no need for another one....

 

     But this is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel in the days to come; I will put my laws into their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people.

 

     None of them will have to teach one another or say to each other: Know the Lord, for they will know me from the least to the greatest. I will forgive their sins and no longer remember their wrongs.

 

     Here we are being told of a new covenant, which means that the first one had become obsolete, and what is obsolete and aging is soon to disappear.

 

GOSPEL READING:     Mk 3: 13- 19

     Then Jesus went up into the hill country and called those he wanted and they came to him. So he appointed twelve to be with him, and he called them apostles. He wanted to send them out to preach, and he gave them authority to drive out demons.

 

     These are the Twelve: Simon, to whom he gave the name Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John his brother, to whom he gave the name Boanerges, which means "men of thunder"; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alpheus, Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean and Judas lscariot, the one who betrayed him.

 

REFLECTION

     Jesus called a select few to follow him: first to accompany and know him; and second to be sent out on missions, to preach, do good deeds and miracles in his name. Today's Gospel reading names the twelve apostles.

Jesus also calls us by name. He invites us to know and follow him; he asks us to spread the Good News and to bring his salvation to the world.

 

     Do we accept the invitation? The challenge? Do we accept that this invitation is indeed part of our commitment at our baptism? Do we also realize that to follow Jesus is not only to walk along with him but to walk and persevere with other believers in him, with the larger Christian community?

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 

     HILTON & ROSANA CHUA FONG

 

BIRTHDAY

     OSCAR POBRE

     PAUL HERNANDEZ

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     JOSE LIMCHUTICK (JAN.l9, 1925 - JAN.20,2014)

 

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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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

 

THURSDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

January 19, 2017 – THURSDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. John Ogilvie, Stephan Pongracz and Melchior Grodziecki, Priests; 
Marco Krizevcanin, Canon, Martyrs 
Bl. Ignatius de Azevedo, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs / 
Bl. James Sales, Priest, and William Saultemouche,
Religious, Martyrs
Memorial, Red

Heb 7:25- 8: 6 / Mk 3:7- 12

   St. John Ogilvie (1579 - 1615), Scottish Jesuit priest, was martyred in Glasgow. Sts. Stephan Pongracz (1583 - 1619), Jesuit priest from Romania, Melchior Grodziecki (1584 - 1610). Polish Jesuit priest, and Marco Krizevcanin (1588- 1619), Canon of Estergom, were martyred in Kosice.

     Bl. Ignatius de Azevedo (1527 -1570), Jesuit Portuguese missionary, and 39 others were martyred by the Huguenots in the Canary Islands.

     Bl. James Sales (1556 -1593), French Jesuit priest, and William Saultemouche (1557 - 1593). French Jesuit lay brother, were martyred in Aubenas during the French War of Religions.

FROM THE 1ST READING:     Heb 8:1 - 2
     The main point of what we are saying is that we have a high priest. He is seated at the right hand of the divine majesty in heaven, where he serves as minister of the true temple and sanctuary, set up not by any mortal but by the Lord.

GOSPEL READING:     Mk 3: 7- 12
     Jesus and his disciples withdrew to the lakeside and a large crowd from Galilee followed him. A great number of people also came from Judea, Jerusalem, ldumea, Transjordan and from the region of Tyre and Sidon, for they had heard of all he was doing.

     Because of the crowd, Jesus told his disciples to have a boat ready for him, to prevent people from crushing him. He healed so many that all who had diseases kept pressing towards him to touch him. Even the people who had evil spirits, whenever they saw him, they would fall down before him and cry out, "You are the Son of God." But he warned them sternly not to tell anyone who he was.

REFLECTION
     The first reading spoke of the role of Christ, the Son of God, as high priest to make an offering once for all for the sins of the people. Christ has chosen to continue his role through his Church where he has men and women as ministers and helpers to preach the Good News to the world.

     In the Gospel reading we see Christ in a typical busy day of his public ministry: preaching, healing the sick and driving out evil spirits. Because of the news of his teaching and cures, people from all over flocked to see, hear and touch him. In the Gospel reading we see him teaching from a boat, with the people on the shore.

     His public ministry of preaching the Good News continues in the Church. After Christ's death and resurrection, the Church was directed to bring the Good News to all the nations, even as people and the world change and evolve.

     Vatican Council II of the mid-sixties of the last century sought to open the windows of the Church to the present world while remaining ever faithful to Christ and his teaching.

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 
     SPIRO & JENNIFER CLEMENTE

BIRTHDAY
     ELLEN PALMA
     EMMANUEL A. ACERO

IN MEMORIAM ( +)
     THOMAS CHAN SY

OTHER INTENTIONS:
For the healing of Dan Angeles.

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, January 17, 2017

 

WEDNESDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

January 18, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
Green

Heb 7:1 - 3, 15- 17 / Mk 3:1 - 6

FROM THE 1ST READING:     Heb 7:1 - 3
     Scripture says that Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, came out to meet Abraham who returned from defeating the kings. He blessed Abraham and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything.

     Let us note that the name Melchizedek means king of justice and that king of Salem means king of peace. There is no mention of father, mother or genealogy; nothing is said about the beginning or the end of his life. In this he is the figure of the Son of God, the priest who remains forever.

GOSPEL READING:     Mk 3:1 - 6
     Again Jesus entered the synagogue. A man who had a paralyzed hand was there, and some of the people watched Jesus: Would he heal the man on the sabbath? If he did they could accuse him.

     Jesus said to the man with the paralyzed hand, "Stand here in the center." Then he asked them, "What does the Law allow on the Sabbath? To do good or to do harm? To save life or to kill?" But they were silent.

     Then Jesus looked around at them with anger and deep sadness because they had closed their minds. And he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out and his hand was healed. But as soon as the Pharisees left, they met with Herod's supporters, looking for a way to destroy Jesus.

REFLECTION
     The Pharisees and the leaders of the Jews were such sticklers for their numerous man-made rules and procedures. They forgot that God's commandments were meant to help people and not to over-burden them. Like safety and traffic signs on the roads, God's commandments are meant to help people and keep them from accidents and danger.

     There are still many among us who act like the Pharisees at the time of Jesus. A motorist driving on a bridge sees a man about to commit suicide by jumping off the bridge into the waters below. He stops his car in the middle of the bridge and successfully coaxes the despondent fellow out of his suicide jump.
   
     A policeman arrives at the scene, approaches the motorist and gives him a traffic violation ticket for illegally parking his vehicle on the bridge.

     Such a policeman is so much like the Pharisees who condemned Jesus for violating the sabbath when he cures the man with the paralyzed hand on the sabbath.

     Lord, grant us the wisdom to be obedient to your commandments but, at the same time, to be able to discern between the letter and the spirit of your laws.

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     SIMION TIU

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Monday, January 16, 2017

 

TUESDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

January 17, 2017 - TUESDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

St. Anthony, Abbot

Memorial, White

 

Heb 6:10- 20 / Mk 2:23-28

 

     Called the Patriarch of Monks, St. Anthony (251 - 356) retired to the desert at the age of 18; he was the first to establish rules for a community of monks.

 

FROM THE 1ST READING: Heb 6:10- 15

     God is not unjust and will not forget everything you have done for love of his name; you have helped and still help the believers. We desire each of you to have, until the end, the same zeal for reaching what you have hoped for. Do not grow careless but imitate those who, by their faith and determination, inherit the promise.

 

     Remember God's promise to Abraham. God wanted to confirm it with an oath and, as no one is higher than God, he swore by himself: I shall bless you and give you many descendants. By just patiently waiting, Abraham obtained the promise.

 

GOSPEL READING: Mk 2:23 - 28

     One Sabbath Jesus was walking through grainfields. As his disciples walked along with him, they began to pick the heads of grain and crush them in their hands. Then the Pharisees said to Jesus, "Look! They are doing what is forbidden on the Sabbath!"

 

     And he said to them, "Have you never read what David did in his time of need, when he and his men were very hungry? He went into the house of God when Abiathar was High Priest and ate the bread of offering, which only the priests are allowed to eat, and he also gave some to the men who were with him." Then Jesus said to them, "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is master even of the Sabbath."

 

REFLECTION

     The Gospel reading reminds us that to be Christian is not a matter of obeying rules and regulations. Christianity is not just a religion in the traditional sense of the word but a way of life, a way of conversion.

 

     A Christian can never say that he has arrived, that he is already perfect. If we are truthful to ourselves, we will always realize that we are still aiming for what St. Paul says, "I do not believe I have already reached my goal, nor do I consider myself perfect, but I press on till I conquer Christ Jesus, as I have been conquered by him." (Phil 3:12)

   

     All the saints say the same thing that they are far from the holiness of God. This attitude makes us vigilant always and not proud or presumptuous. God loves a humble heart, a heart that continues to love him. We must never tire of doing what is good and bringing others to the knowledge and love of God.

 

     The Christian is a missionary at heart, meaning that each Christian is an instrument for bringing others to the knowledge of God. The Christian is always going towards others, always in motion, in a "holy tension," bringing and sharing the Good News of salvation to others.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

    ESTER REYES TAGUD

 

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