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Feb 26, 2006

FEBRUARY 27, 2006

1 PETER 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his
great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that
is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you who
by the power of God are safeguarded through faith, to a salvation
that is ready to be revealed in the final time. In this you rejoice,
although now for a litt le while you may have to suffer through
various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious
than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove
to be for praise, glory, and hono rat the revelation of Jesus
Christ. Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you
do not see him now yet you believe in him, you rejoice with an
indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of faith, the
salvation of your souls.

MARK 10:17-27
As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down
before him, and asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit
eternal life?" Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? No one
is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not
kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall
not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and
your mother." He replied and said to him, "Teacher, all o f these I
have observed from my youth."  Jesus, looking at him, loved him and
said to him, "You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have,
and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then
come, follow me." At that statement, his face fell, and he went away
sad, for he had many possessions.  Jesus looked around and said to
his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter
the Kingdom of God!" The disciples were amazed at his words. So
Jesus again said to them in reply, "Children, how hard it is to
enter the Kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through
the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of
God." They were exceedingly astonished and said among
themselves, "Then who can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and
said, "For men it is impossible, but not for God. All things are
possible for God."

Jesus had a number of friends who were very well off.  He didn't ask
them to give up all they had.  The brother and sisters, Lazarus,
Martha and Mary, lived in the prosperous village of Bethany. 
Nicodemus, the wealthy Pharisee, until Jesus' death he was secretly
a disciple.  Zaccheus, the very wealthy chief tax collector in
Jericho.  Jesus didn't insist that any of these people sell their
possessions and give the proceeds to the poor, if they wanted to be
his disciples. 

Why did Jesus ask the young man in today's Gospel to give up
everything?  Perhaps Jesus saw that in the cases of Lazarus and his
sisters, of Nicodemus and Zaccheus, these people were not attached
to their wealth, they'd be willing to give it up without any
hesitation.  Maybe he saw that money would never be on the same
level as God in their lives.  But as for the young man, perhaps
Jesus foresaw that he would not be able to give up his possession s. 
When he refused to give up his possessions, reality proved Jesus'
insight into the man's character correct.

If Jesus were to say to each one of us today, "Give up what is most
precious to you, and come follow me," would we be able to say, "Yes,
Lord?" and follow him?

We pray …
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- healings for Fr Steve D,  BB,  Carol, Joann, & Cindy.
- for the spiritual and physical healing of Julie Gibson.
- for the personal intentions and thanksgiving of Rikit Navarro.
- for the spiritual and physical healing of Beth.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Beth Sy
- In Memoriam (+): Exequiel Quinoñes
- In Memoriam (+): Antonio L. Ong
- Wedding Anniversary: Johnson & Veronica L. Gotamco
- for world peace and reconciliation.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who hav e asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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