Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Thursday 9th Week in Ordinary Time
June 8 2006
Thursday 9th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
2 TIMOTHY 2:8-15
Beloved: Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of
David: such is my Gospel, for which I am suffering, even to the point
of chains, like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained.
Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen,
so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus,
together with eternal glory. This saying is trustworthy: If we have
died with him we shall also live with him; if we persevere we shall
also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us. If we are
unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself. Remind
people of these things and charge them before God to stop disputing
about words. This serves no useful purpose since it harms those who
listen. Be eager to present yourself as acceptable to God, a workman
who causes no disgrace, imparting the word of truth without deviation.
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, "Which is the first of
all the commandments?" Jesus replied, "The first is this: Hear, O
Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your
God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and
with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your
neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than
these." The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher. You are right in
saying, He is One and there is no other than he. And to love him with
all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself is worth more than all burnt
offerings and sacrifices." And when Jesus saw that he answered with
understanding, he said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of
God." And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
The segments of Mark's Gospel we read in the liturgies of the first
half of this week tell of the tensions that existed between Jesus and
Israel's religious and secular leaders. Some of Jesus' enemies wanted
him arrested, others ridiculed him and his teaching, and still others
sought to entrap him in a verbal contradiction.
In today's reading, a scribe questions Jesus. Anyone familiar with the
various groups that populate the Gospels, given the context, would
expect the scribe to launch into another attack on Jesus. All scribes,
after all, are Pharisees' men. Along with the priests and the Herodians
and the Pharisee all scribes are hostile to Jesus.
And so we might tend to classify a person and judge him as we would
judge the group in which he belongs. But this is unjust and unfair. The
scribe in today's Gospel is there not to entrap Jesus but to ask a
sincere religious question of him.
Jesus recognizes this and treats the scribe with respect. He even
praises him, indicating that his comment on Jesus' response to his
question shows him to be a sincere person who is not far from the
kingdom of God.
Jesus could have assumed, as we might well have done, that the scribe
should be classified as his enemy. But Jesus doesn't believe in
stereotypes and prejudices.
Jim Auer suggests that we ask ourselves a series of questions: "Whose
goodness am I unable to see simply because of who or what they are,
what they belong to or believe in, where they live or what they look
like." The response we give to these questions, he suggests, will tell
us how close we are to the reign of God.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy recovery of Cadio.
- for the speedy recovery of Aida.
- for complete healing of Bro. Nanding
- Birthday: Jacob Go
- for the healing of Ding Vidanes
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Francis L. Dano (+)
- Prayer Intention: Juni H. Gotamco
- Wedding Anniversary: James & Susan Chua
- Wedding Anniversary: Shirley Dizon & Nicolas Ting
- 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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