Thursday, June 08, 2006
Friday 9th Week in Ordinary Time
June 9, 2006
Friday 9th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
2 TIMOTHY 3:10-17
You have followed my teaching, way of life, purpose, faith, patience,
love, endurance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me
in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra, persecutions that I endured. Yet from
all these things the Lord delivered me. In fact, all who want to live
religiously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But wicked people and
charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But you,
remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know
from whom you learned it, and that from infancy you have known the
sacred Scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is
useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training
in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent,
equipped for every good work.
As Jesus was teaching in the temple area he said, "How do the scribes
claim that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, inspired by
the Holy Spirit, said: The Lord said to my lord, 'Sit at my right hand
until I place your enemies under your feet.' David himself calls him
'lord'; so how is he his son?" The great crowd heard this with delight.
In the Gospel passages these last three days, the Pharisees and
Herodians, Sadducees and finally a lawyer hostilely question Jesus.
They were hoping to catch him in a statement that would make him seem
foolish in the eyes of the people. The lawyer found Jesus' answer
admirable. However, the hostility of the others because they would see
no wisdom or good in Jesus, grew into real enmity toward him. In all
three incidents this week, it was Jesus' opponents who carried the
dispute to him. In today's Gospel, Jesus decides to take the offensive,
to carry the argument to them.
Jesus points out that in the psalms the Messiah is called "son of
David". Yet in Psalm 110 David calls the Messiah "my Lord." Then Jesus
asks, "How can the Messiah be the "son of David" if David calls him "my
What's Jesus trying to do here? Well, perhaps he's trying in the eyes
of the people to put the Pharisees and the scribes in their place.
After all, they were constantly attempting to destroy his credibility
with the people.
But there's something more to Jesus' behavior. Jesus knew himself to be
a descendant of David, therefore, "David's son." He was also coming to
believe himself to be the Son of God.
So Jesus is hinting, "You're waiting for the Son of David to come and
to restore Israel to a place of honor among the nations. But I come
among you, the Son of God, not to establish an earthly kingdom, but to
bring to humankind the love of God."
This is God's great revelation in Jesus: God so loved the world that he
sent his only son into it to take up our human nature in its fullness.
God wanted to make his love for us incarnate in our world. He wanted
God's love for us to be manifested in an sublimely attractive human
person whom we can see and hear and touch, with whom we can speak, whom
we can love.
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
- for the healing of Ding Vidanes
- for the special intentions of Jasmin
- good health, safety and blessings for the Pe Family
- for the personal intentions of Jennette
- for the special intention of Richard Patrick "Parke's"
- for the special intention of Davis-Regalado
- for the special intention of Marjorie and Bobby
- for the speedy recovery of Felipe Davis
- for the speedy recovery of Fernando Cruz
- for the speedy Alex & Donna's youngest daughter
- for the emotional, physical and spiritual healing of Brother David
- for those seeking comfort, the sick, abandoned and those in prison
- for the speedy recovery of Charles Co
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Leticia Timbol
- Birthday: Audrey & Oscar Tan Abing, Jr.
- In Memoriam (+): Teofila Felix
- 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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