Tuesday, January 10, 2006



JANUARY 11, 2006

1 SAMUEL 3:1-10, 19-20
The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days
the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions. One
night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely
see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet
gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where
the ark of God was. Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel
answered, "Here I am." And he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am; you
called me." But Eli said, "I did not call; go back and lie down." So
he went and lay down. Again the LORD called, "Samuel!" And Samuel
got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." "My
son," Eli said, "I did not call; go back and lie down." Now Samuel
did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been
revealed to him. The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got
up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." Then Eli
realized that the LORD was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, "Go
and lie down, and if he calls you, say, `Speak, LORD, for your
servant is listening.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other
times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant
is listening." The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let
none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to
Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the

MARK 1:29-39
As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to
the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with
a fever, and they told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her
hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on
them. That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the
sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and
Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many
demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who
he was. Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus
got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he
prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they
found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!" Jesus
replied, "Let us go somewhere else--to the nearby villages--so I can
preach there also. That is why I have come." So he traveled
throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out

Samuel was lucky. Though he lived in a time where God's revelation
had become uncommon, God reached out to Him. Luckier still Samuel
had Eli as a mentor to show him the way to receive God's message.

But luck is not the lesson of Samuel and that of today's Gospel
where the sick were fortunate to be at the right place and time to
receive Jesus' healing power. The common message from the readings
today is God is present with us here in our world not only in the
past but also now.

Even as God may not reveal himself the way we would prefer Him to,
He is ready and eager to speak to us as He did with Samuel. And
even as we may be bogged down with problems and feel that no one
seems to care, Jesus is there ready and eager to help us, as He was
with the sick and those possessed by demons.

We need to become like Samuel. Not only do we need to be ready to
listen but also, we need to persevere enough to wait for the Lord to
speak to us. We need to be like the sick and the downcast who not
only waited for Jesus but also reached out to Him with persistent

As Christian we need to wait, listen and seek God's message through
prayer, and to strive for Jesus' healing touch to make us become
better individuals.

"Lord Jesus Christ, you have all power to heal and to deliver. There
is no trouble nor bondage you cannot overcome. Set me free to serve
you joyfully and to love and serve others generously. May nothing
hinder me from giving myself wholly to you and to your service."

We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the continued recovery of Mike Torres.
- for the speedy recovery of Arby Serrano.
- 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 our 17 yr old grandaughter, Jami, who will be undergoing the 1st
of 2 ear surgeries this coming Thursday.
- for the soul of Lolita F. Molina.
- 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 the eternal repose of the soul of Rosario Bautista.
- Thanksgiving and personal intentions of Baby Jane Figuerres.
- for the personal intentions of James.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam (+): Leslie Jellyn Tan Sy
- Prayer Intention: Genevieve & Andrew Son
- 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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