Thursday, February 09, 2006
MEMORIAL, ST. SCHOLASTICA, VIRGIN
FEBRUARY 10, 2006
MEMORIAL, ST. SCHOLASTICA, VIRGIN
FRIDAY 5TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR II
1 KINGS 11:29-32; 12:19
Jeroboam left Jerusalem, and the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite met
him on the road. The two were alone in the area, and the prophet was
wearing a new cloak. Ahijah took off his new cloak, tore it into
twelve pieces, and said to Jeroboam: "Take ten pieces for yourself;
the LORD, the God of Israel, says: `I will tear away the kingdom
from Solomon's grasp and will give you ten of the tribes. One tribe
shall remain to him for the sake of David my servant, and of
Jerusalem, the city I have chosen out of all the tribes of
Israel.'" Israel went into rebellion against David's house to this
Jesus left the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon to the Sea
of Galilee, into the district of the Decapolis. And people brought
to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay
his hand on him. He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He
put his finger into the man's ears and, spitting, touched his
tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to
him, "Ephphatha!" (that is, "Be opened!") And immediately the man's
ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke
plainly. He ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more he
ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it. They were
exceedingly astonished and they said, "He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."
Perhaps we know or have met people who have physical handicaps or
impediments. These are those who are visually and/or hearing
impaired, or those having speech impediments. We read about men and
women, sometimes celebrities, who have anorexia or eating
disorders. We may also know of "special" children or those who have
learning disadvantages. The question is: how much have we done to
help these people?
Unfortunately even in this new millennium, many of us cringe at the
sight of the disabled and some of us avoid them as much as
possible. The physically and mentally challenged remain a
marginalized portion of our society despite all the awareness and
publicity regarding their plight. Perhaps this attitude is due to
ignorance or apathy towards their plight. Or perhaps, some of us
just do not care.
Jesus ministered to the marginalized, the sick, the disabled, and
the outcasts like the lepers. He traveled from town to town,
village to village, healing many of them. Within our own
communities, how many do we know today who imitate Christ in this
The joy of the healed deaf man must have been great to see. It is a
joy to see disabled people who, despite their handicaps, keep their
faith strongly with God. These disabled brothers and sisters are
excellent examples for us to admire and emulate.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the safe travel of Fe.
- for the speedy recovery of Ana Mendoza.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of the Mom of Dolly Ella.
Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her.
May she and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Jun Santos. Eternal rest
grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and
all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- in thanksgiving and for continued full recovery of Ram Ronquillo.
- for the urgent personal intentions of RR.
- for the personal intentions of Anne.
- for the personal intentions of Charles and Cheryl C.
- for the good health of Papa Fabio, Papa Raul, Mama Baby, Mama
- for the spiritual healing of Jonathan Salting.
- for the special intentions of Stev and Kathy and their baby about to
- for the deepening of faith for Corie.
- for the personal intentions of all the members of the Dapo family.
- for the special intentions of Jojo and Sheila.
- in thanksgiving for all the blessings received by Josheil.
- for special intentions of the Balingit family.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Abie De Jesus
- 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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