Monday, January 09, 2006



JANUARY 10, 2006

1 SAMUEL 1:9-20
Hannah rose after a meal at Shiloh, and presented herself before the
LORD; at the time, Eli the priest was sitting on a chair near the
doorpost of the LORD's temple. In her bitterness she prayed to the
LORD, weeping copiously, and she made a vow, promising: "O LORD of
hosts, if you look with pity on the misery of your handmaid, if you
remember me and do not forget me, if you give your handmaid a male
child, I will give him to the LORD for as long as he lives; neither
wine nor liquor shall he drink, and no razor shall ever touch his
head." As she remained long at prayer before the LORD, Eli watched
her mouth, for Hannah was praying silently; though her lips were
moving, her voice could not be heard. Eli, thinking her drunk, said
to her, "How long will you make a drunken show of yourself? Sober up
from your wine!" "It isn't that, my lord," Hannah answered. "I am an
unhappy woman. I have had neither wine nor liquor; I was only
pouring out my troubles to the LORD. Do not think your handmaid a
ne'er-do-well; my prayer has been prompted by my deep sorrow and
misery." Eli said, "Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you
what you have asked of him." She replied, "Think kindly of your
maidservant," and left. She went to her quarters, ate and drank with
her husband, and no longer appeared downcast. Early the next morning
they worshiped before the LORD, and then returned to their home in
Ramah. When Elkanah had relations with his wife Hannah, the LORD
remembered her. She conceived, and at the end of her term bore a
son whom she called Samuel, since she had asked the LORD for him.

MARK 1:21-28
Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers, and on the sabbath he
entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his
teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the
scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he
cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you
come to destroy us? I know who you are the Holy One of God!" Jesus
rebuked him and said, "Quiet! Come out of him!" The unclean spirit
convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed
and asked one another, "What is this? A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him." His fame
spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

Today's gospel is for us to recognize the true person of Jesus, and
thereby understand His mission.

Jesus' teaching astounded the multitude in the synagogue. He taught
with authority. He spoke the word of God as no one had spoken it
before. By His words, He had authority even over demons. No wonder
the crowd reacted with amazement and wonder but not with
recognition. They are amazed by His actions, but they don't
recognize who He is. They are intrigued by His words, but they do
not know from where the authority comes.

But Jesus was authority incarnate - the Word of God made flesh.
When He spoke, God spoke. When He commanded even the demons obeyed.

However, Jesus was also guarding against the dangerous possibility
that He would be recognized as a political Messiah. Jesus had to
silence the unclean spirit for proclaiming Him as the Holy One of
God for fear that people would seek Him as a political leader who
would deliver them from the oppressive foreign forces occupying
Palestine. This mistaken view would jeopardize His mission, which
was to inaugurate the kingdom of God. For Jesus, the Kingdom of God
would only become a reality if sinners would repent and convert
themselves to Christ. Undergoing personal conversion to Christ would
allow them to defeat Satan. As Jesus would say, "But if it is by
the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God
has come upon you." (Mt 12: 28).

"Lord, your word is power and life. May I never doubt your saving
love and mercy, and the power of your word to bring healing and
deliverance to those in need."

We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- In Thanksgiving: Lydia
- for blessings, protection and good health of the Pe Family
- for the personal intentions of Mary Wong.
- for the continued recovery of Mike Torres.
- Birthday : Malou G. Marasigan
- Thanksgiving and personal intentions of Baby Jane Figuerres.
- for the eternal repose of the souls of Teresita Bautista, Remegio
Sariola Jr., Florentina Sariola and Remegio Sariola Sr.
- for the eternal repose of the souls of Christopher Marrero and
Crispin Sanchez Sr.
- for our 17 yr old granddaughter, Jami, who will be undergoing the 1st
of 2 ear surgeries this coming Thursday.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Rosario Bautista.
- for the personal intentions of James.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Victoria Serrato. Eternal
rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she
all the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Leticia Gonzales. Eternal
rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she
rest in peace.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- 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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