Monday, February 13, 2006



FEBRUARY 14, 2006

JAMES 1:12-18
Blessed is he who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been
proven he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those
who love him. No one experiencing temptation should say, "I am being
tempted by God"; for God is not subject to temptation to evil, and
he himself tempts no one. Rather, each person is tempted when lured
and enticed by his desire. Then desire conceives and brings forth
sin, and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death. Do not
be deceived, my beloved brothers and sisters: all good giving and
every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of
lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.
He willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a
kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

MARK 8:14-21
The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one
loaf with them in the boat. Jesus enjoined them, "Watch out, guard
against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod." They
concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread.
When he became aware of this he said to them, "Why do you conclude
that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or
comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see,
ears and not hear? And do you not remember, when I broke the five
loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of
fragments you picked up?" They answered him, "Twelve." "When I broke
the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of
fragments did you pick up?" They answered him, "Seven." He said to
them, "Do you still not understand?"

In yesterday's Gospel narration Jesus became quite disturbed. The
Pharisees were demanding an extraordinary event of some sort as a
sign. The idea was that through the sign God would indicate his
pleasure with what Jesus was preaching and doing. In today's Gospel
Jesus gets angry with his disciples because they don't recognize the
signs that he has already given them.

Jesus and his disciples are in a small boat crossing the lake. The
apostles forgot to bring food with them and all they had was a loaf
of bread. While this anxiety is at the top of their minds, Jesus,
who's concerned about more serious matters, suddenly warns them to
beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod. So the
disciples let their worries go, figuring that his talk about leaven
means how they'll get their next meal. Jesus explodes: "Can't you
get your minds off your bellies? What about the signs I gave you
when twice I fed thousands with a couple of loaves and a few fish?
And you're worried about your next meal? You still don't
understand, do you?"

What Jesus is suggesting here is that the disciples (and we) look to
their (and our) past experiences. Our past experiences are signs
given us by God, assuring us that we are safely held in his hands.
We've all suffered deep sorrows. Yet in the past God has always
been with us, helping us to survive the pain. We've undergone
serious illnesses and recovered. We've faced insoluble problems and
somehow we solved them. We've been confronted by irresistible
temptations and somehow we managed to resist them. We need to
realize that God is worthy of trust and that he will continue to be
with us to the end.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the spiritual and physical healing of Janina Alberto.
- for the spiritual and physical healing of Virginia Cruz.
- for the spiritual and physical healing of Beth.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Augusto E. Ocampo. 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.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Corazon Walo
- Birthday: Claire S. Diokno
- Birthday: Raymond G. Lim
- for the continuous healing of Raymond Alexander from brain cancer.
- for Marissa that she will pass the NCLEX exam for nurses on March 1,
- for an increase of faith for Corie.
- for the spiritual healing of Jonathan Salting.
- Prayer Intention: Conrado & Felicitas Diaz
- Wedding Anniversary: Tony & Jennifer Gotamco Tan
- Wedding Anniversary: Peter & Sunny Calibo
- In Memoriam (+): Ben & Benedict Lu
- In Memoriam (+): Salud Nuqui Inocentes (Feb 14, 1914 - Oct 23,
- 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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