Monday, January 23, 2006



JANUARY 24, 2006

2 SAMUEL 6:12B-15, 17-19
David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom
into the City of David amid festivities. As soon as the bearers of
the ark of the LORD had advanced six steps, he sacrificed an ox and
a fatling. Then David, girt with a linen apron, came dancing before
the LORD with abandon, as he and all the house of Israel were
bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts of joy and to the sound
of the horn. The ark of the LORD was brought in and set in its place
within the tent David had pitched for it. Then David offered burnt
offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. When he finished
making these offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the
LORD of hosts. He then distributed among all the people, to each man
and each woman in the entire multitude of Israel, a loaf of bread, a
cut of roast meat, and a raisin cake. With this, all the people left
for their homes.

MARK 3:31-35
The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing
outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him. A crowd seated
around him told him, "Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you." But he said to them in reply, "Who are
my mother and my brothers?" And looking around at those seated in
the circle he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever
does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."

In every culture blood is the sole factor that establishes family
unity. This is not true, however, in regard to the family Jesus
wishes to establish. Throughout the world citizenship it is that
unites individuals of varying backgrounds into a single nation.
Again, this is not true of the people of God, the people Jesus
wishes to bring to his Father.

The force that will bring Jesus' followers together will be a
specific desire: the desire to know the will of God and to keep
it. "Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside asking
for you." "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And gazing around
at those seated in the circle he continued, "These are my mother and
my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and
mother to me."

"Knowing the will of God and doing it" conjures up images of heroic
martyrs and saintly, mortified ascetics, doesn't it? Yes, this is
true, if you're thinking only in terms of the daily martyrdom
required by daily Christian living.

Knowing and following God's will in our daily lives demands that we
die to anti-Christian values. Unfortunately, it's not easy to die
to these anti-Christian values are. They're the values, which
govern and direct the lives of almost all of humanity, namely,
materialism, consumerism, greed, pride, pleasure and corruption.

Are these values, which constitute the motives that mold both
thought and behavior in modern society, are they really anti-
Christian? Go back to the Gospels. Read the beatitudes. Reflect
on the life-style of Jesus.

Dying to these anti-Christian values is living like Christ. It is
living for Christ. It is creating the family of Christ, it is
forming the people of God.

Do I go to Mass on Sundays and listen to God's Word but let anti-
Christian trivialities rule me the rest of the week?

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- Thanksgiving and personal intentions of Baby Jane Figuerres.
- for the peace and unity of Charles & Cheryl C.
- for the speedy recovery of Joaquin.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Washington Morillo. Eternal
rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he
and all the dearly departed 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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