Wednesday, January 25, 2006



JANUARY 26, 2006

2 TIMOTHY 1:1-8
Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God for the promise
of life in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my dear child: grace, mercy,
and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am
grateful to God, whom I worship with a clear conscience as my
ancestors did, as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and
day. I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears, so that I may
be filled with joy, as I recall your sincere faith that first lived
in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and that I am
confident lives also in you. For this reason, I remind you to stir
into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of
my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather
of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your
testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear
your share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that comes
from God.

MARK 4:21-25
Jesus said to his disciples, "Is a lamp brought in to be placed
under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a
lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to
hear ought to hear." He also told them, "Take care what you hear.
The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and
still more will be given to you. To the one who has, more will be
given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken

Through the prophet, Nathan, Yahweh has just told David he was not
to build a house for him. That is, a temple in which the Arc of the
Covenant, symbol of God's presence among the people, would be
placed. He said that he rather would build a house for David. That
is, he would give rule over Israel to David's descendants forever.

David, overwhelmed by God's goodness to himself and to his house,
sat before the Ark of the Covenant. He opened his heart to the Lord,
singing his praise and crying out the thanksgiving that filled his

David's prayer begins with a simple question, "Who am I Lord God,
and who are the members of my house, that you have brought me to
this point?" A simple question, yes, but one that shows David to be
a humble man who knows that all he has is God's gift to him. David
recognized that he was a mere mortal, that he in no way deserved the
gift God had just bestowed on him, and in no way merited the promise
God had just made to him.

David's attitude and prayer is model for our own. To see how great
is God, how insignificant we are! To recognize that our very
existence, that our physical, mental and spiritual health, and the
talents we possess are not of our own making, but are gifts from our
all-generous God!

When we pray a prayer such as the prayer that David prayed in
today's first reading, the Lord God, the Creator of the universe,
not to be outdone in generosity, embraces us, drawing into a warm,
ever deepening relationship with him.

When someone is more generous to us than we expect, do we take the
time to show our gratitude?

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- Thanksgiving and personal intentions of Baby Jane Figuerres.
- 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 the speedy recovery of Mr. Socrates Tirol.
- for the continued recovery of Mike Torres.
- for the speedy recovery of Chris N.
- healings for Molly, Paula, Cindy, Jimmy, Carol and Joann.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Nick V and Helen K. Eternal
rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May
they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for the peace and unity of Charles & Cheryl C
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam (+): Choa Si
- 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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