Sunday, February 05, 2006



FEBRUARY 6, 2006

1 KINGS 8:1-7,9-13
Then King Solomon summoned into his presence at Jerusalem the elders
of Israel, all the heads of the tribes and the chiefs of the
Israelite families, to bring up the ark of the LORD's covenant from
Zion, the City of David. All the men of Israel came together to King
Solomon at the time of the festival in the month of Ethanim, the
seventh month. When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the
priests took up the ark, and they brought up the ark of the LORD and
the Tent of Meeting and all the sacred furnishings in it. The
priests and Levites carried them up, and King Solomon and the entire
assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark,
sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded
or counted. The priests then brought the ark of the LORD's covenant
to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy
Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim. The cherubim
spread their wings over the place of the ark and overshadowed the
ark and its carrying poles. There was nothing in the ark except the
two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the
LORD made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of
Egypt. When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud
filled the temple of the LORD. And the priests could not perform
their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled
his temple. Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he would
dwell in a dark cloud; I have indeed built a magnificent temple for
you, a place for you to dwell forever."

MARK 6:53-56
When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored
there. As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus.
They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats
to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went--into villages,
towns or countryside--they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They
begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who
touched him were healed.

In today's gospel reading we see that no sooner had Jesus landed on
the other side of the lake, once again he was surrounded by crowds.
They came with their insistent demands. It is human nature that we
should come to Jesus to get things from him, for there are so many
things that he alone can give. But it is a shame to take and give
nothing in return.

Perhaps there are those who simply make use of their friends. There
are others who never receive any news unless they want something in
return. There are also those who regard other people as existing to
help them when they need their help and to be forgotten when they
cannot be made use of. There are still those who simply make use of
the church. They desire the Church to baptize their children, to
marry their young people and bury their dead. Except for these
occasions, they seldom see the inside of their church at any other
time. It is their unconscious attitude that the Church exists to
serve them, but that they have no duty whatever towards the Church.

Then there are those who seek simply to make use of God. They never
remember God unless they need him. Their only prayers are requests
and even demands made to God. They often regard God as one to be
summoned when they need something.

If we examine ourselves, we are all, to some extent, guilty of these
things. It would rejoice the heart of Jesus if we came to him to
offer our love, our service and our devotion more often, and less
often to demand from him the help we need. Today's gospel reading
says that all who touched Jesus were healed. The goal of every
Christian should be to become like Christ that when those who suffer
touch our lives, they are healed by the presence of Jesus in us.

Are there people where we live, work or worship that are trying to
touch the Jesus in us? Are we letting them? Or is there something
in us that blocks their approach?

Do we seem closed off in our own world of concerns? Are they afraid
that we will get annoyed or perhaps even push them away?

As Christians, when people encounter us, they should also encounter
Jesus and his love, his joy, his peace, his healing and all the good
news of the gospel truth. If we are truly Christian, when people
touch our lives, they touch the tassel of Jesus' cloak. We never
know how it is going to happen, so we have to be ready. We are
tassels on the cloak of Jesus. Let us not be afraid of the hands
that come at us. Instead, let us thank and praise God for this
opportunity. Those who see that we love Jesus, instructively
realize that when they touch us, they touch Jesus.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the personal intentions and success of Antoniette Lao,
Catherine Librando, Alimar Nassaei, Joel Salahudin and the rest of
the examinees of the SWU-College of Medicine. May the Holy Spirit
guide them in their endeavors.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Dominador Benavidez, Jr.
- for the continuous healing of Raymond Alexander from brain cancer.
- for the intentions of the Heartman family
- for the eternal repose of our friend's soul, Darlene dela Pena.
- for the full recovery of Rodolfo Manguino who suffered a stroke.
- for the forthcoming medical board exams of Evangelyn Sandoval. May
the Holy Spirit provide her with wisdom, knowledge and strength.
- for the speedy recovery of Poch Tejada, Victoria Sy Contreras and
Chabel Go.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Prayer Intention: Nañagas Family
- In Memoriam (+): Francis B. Ang (July 1, 1927 - Feb. 6, 2005)
- 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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