Friday, February 10, 2006



FEBRUARY 11, 2006

1 KINGS 12:26-32; 13:33-34
Jeroboam thought to himself: "The kingdom will return to David's
house. If now this people go up to offer sacrifices in the temple of
the LORD in Jerusalem, the hearts of this people will return to
their master, Rehoboam, king of Judah, and they will kill me." After
taking counsel, the king made two calves of gold and said to the
people: "You have been going up to Jerusalem long enough. Here is
your God, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt." And
he put one in Bethel, the other in Dan. This led to sin, because the
people frequented those calves in Bethel and in Dan. He also built
temples on the high places and made priests from among the people
who were not Levites. Jeroboam established a feast in the eighth
month on the fifteenth day of the month to duplicate in Bethel the
pilgrimage feast of Judah, with sacrifices to the calves he had
made; and he stationed in Bethel priests of the high places he had
built. Jeroboam did not give up his evil ways after this, but again
made priests for the high places from among the common people.
Whoever desired it was consecrated and became a priest of the high
places. This was a sin on the part of the house of Jeroboam for
which it was to be cut off and destroyed from the earth.

MARK 8:1-10
In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to
eat, Jesus summoned the disciples and said, "My heart is moved with
pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three
days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their
homes, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a
great distance." His disciples answered him, "Where can anyone get
enough bread to satisfy them here in this deserted place?" Still he
asked them, "How many loaves do you have?" They replied, "Seven." He
ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then, taking the seven
loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to
distribute, and they distributed them to the crowd. They also had a
few fish. He said the blessing over them and ordered them
distributed also. They ate and were satisfied. They picked up the
fragments left over�seven baskets. There were about four thousand
people. He dismissed the crowd and got into the boat with his
disciples and came to the region of Dalmanutha.

Jesus' compassion is very evident in today's Gospel. He and his
disciples were in the area known as the Ten Cities. This was the
area in which Jesus in the Gospel about two weeks ago cured the
demoniac, who lived among the tombs. The Ten Cities was a pagan
area. There were scarcely any Jews living there. So very likely
most of the people who were the beneficiaries of today's miracle
were Gentiles. Yet Jesus' reaction to this weary and hungry crowd
of Gentiles was the same as his reaction to a hungry and weary crowd
of 5,000 Jews whom he had fed earlier. Jesus was concerned that if
he did not feed the people, they would faint on the way home.

His compassion, obviously, reached out to everyone. He didn't limit
it simply to his own people. As was true when he fed the five
thousand, his compassion soon became a challenge for him. Jesus
indicated he would like to provide food for the crowd. Immediately
the disciples raise logistical difficulties: "How can anyone give
these people sufficient bread in this deserted spot?" Then Jesus
challenged them: "How many loaves do you have?" Jesus was saying to
the disciples, "Look, let's see what we can do, let's not waste our
time hiding behind difficulties." Jesus' compassion did not stop
with sympathetic and empathic thoughts about those in need of help.
Compassion challenged him to see what he could do.

If we in this country are willing to spend a little time getting to
really know the problems of the poor by talking with and listening
to them, would we react as did Jesus? Genuine compassion is
authenticated by an eager response to a challenge.

We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the safe travel of Fe.
- 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 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 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 the spiritual and physical healing of Janina Alberto.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Wedding Anniversary: Jerome & Sally L. Gotamco
- Wedding Anniversary: Evelyn & Luis Ng
- Wedding Anniversary: Edward & Jennifer Inocentes
- Wedding Anniversary: Dr. & Mrs. Ramon A. Lao
- In Memoriam (+): Valentin C. Cordova
- 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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