Friday, January 13, 2006



JANUARY 14, 2006

1 SAMUEL 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1
There was a stalwart man from Benjamin named Kish, who was the son
of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a
Benjaminite. He had a son named Saul, who was a handsome young man.
There was no other child of Israel more handsome than Saul; he stood
head and shoulders above the people. Now the asses of Saul's
father, Kish, had wandered off. Kish said to his son Saul, "Take one
of the servants with you and go out and hunt for the asses."
Accordingly they went through the hill country of Ephraim, and
through the land of Shalishah. Not finding them there, they
continued through the land of Shaalim without success. They also
went through the land of Benjamin, but they failed to find the
animals. When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the LORD assured
him, "This is the man of whom I told you; he is to govern my
people." Saul met Samuel in the gateway and said, "Please tell me
where the seer lives." Samuel answered Saul: "I am the seer. Go up
ahead of me to the high place and eat with me today. In the morning,
before dismissing you, I will tell you whatever you wish." Then,
from a flask he had with him, Samuel poured oil on Saul's head; he
also kissed him, saying: "The LORD anoints you commander over his
heritage. You are to govern the LORD's people Israel, and to save
them from the grasp of their enemies roundabout. "This will be the
sign for you that the LORD has anointed you commander over his

MARK 2:13-17
Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he
taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting
at the customs post. Jesus said to him, "Follow me." And he got up
and followed Jesus. While he was at table in his house, many tax
collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there
were many who followed him. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that
Jesus was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his
disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?" Jesus
heard this and said to them, "Those who are well do not need a
physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but

In today's first reading God chooses Saul to be Israel's first king.
Later on in Chapter 10 of this same book, there is a second account
of this same incident. Whatever the differences in the two accounts,
however, a common theme runs through both: it is God who has chosen
Saul to be King of Israel. There is no room for misinterpretation.
Both biblical accounts make it very clear that God it was who called
Saul to this office in Israel.

None of us need worry that one morning we'll awaken to find God
calling us to be king either in his kingdom or anywhere else. But
God does have a plan for each of us. The plan may suffer
alterations from time to time because we're not anxious to cooperate
with God in actualizing it. (We see God and Samuel today
reluctantly establishing in Israel a monarchical form of government
they did not want. But since the people wanted it, God granted it.)
God does have a plan for each of us, whether it be the original or a
revised form.

Bible Alive concludes today's reflection on the first reading:

We must watch and wait prayerfully, studying his word in the
scripture so that we may be alive to his call. In the modern world
so much emphasis is placed on self-fulfillment, but we must realize
that it is God who will fashion our path, who will send for us,
and `anoint' us to do his work. As we watch and wait, we must trust
in the rightness of his chosen way for us, and not be worried,
impatient or fearful.

"Lord Jesus, our Savior, let us now come to you: Our hearts are
cold; Lord, warm them with your selfless love. Our hearts are
sinful; cleanse them with your precious blood. Our hearts are weak;
strengthen them with your joyous Spirit. Our hearts are empty; fill
them with your divine presence. Lord Jesus, our hearts are yours;
possess them always and only for yourself." (Prayer of Augustine,
4th century)

We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- Thanksgiving and personal intentions of Baby Jane Figuerres.
- for the speedy recovery of Arby Serrano.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Tomas Nanquil, Jr. Eternal
rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he
all the dearly departed rest in peace.
- In thanksgiving for the improvement of Mike Torres' condition, and
for his continued recovery.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Dr. Ma. Fides Pacheco
- Birthday: Rosa B. Cua
- In Thanksgiving: Roberto & Elizabeth Ong Yong & Children
- 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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