Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Wednesday 1st Week in Ordinary Time

January 10, 2007
Wednesday 1st Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

HEBREWS 2:14-18
Since the children share in blood and Flesh, Jesus likewise shared in
them, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of
death, that is, the Devil, and free those who through fear of death had
been subject to slavery all their life. Surely he did not help angels
but rather the descendants of Abraham; therefore, he had to become like
his brothers and sisters in every way, that he might be a merciful and
faithful high priest before God to expiate the sins of the people.
Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to
help those who are being tested.

MARK 1:29-39
On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew
with James and John. Simon's mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They
immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and
helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them. When it
was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or
possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured
many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him. Rising very early
before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said,
"Everyone is looking for you." He told them, "Let us go on to the
nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I
come." So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out
demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

Jesus did not hold on to his divinity but came in the flesh to be one
of us in all things except sin. He came so that we may have life -
life in the fullest. This he did by teaching, healing, expelling
demons, by witnessing, by being an example for all of us to follow and
eventually by dying on the cross to show us the ultimate love of the
Father and to take away the power of the devil enslaving people with
the fear of physical death.

Being one of us, as children who share the same blood and flesh, Jesus
whom we can see and touch (in the holy Eucharist) went through every
human experience including suffering and temptations the same way we
do, yet he proved faithful to the end.

This distinguishes Christian teachings from the rest of the world
religions. Because no other religion teaches that God came in the flesh
to be one of his people and eventually dying for them in order that
they may live again.

Jesus heals and expels demons from people so that they may be released
from the bondage and effects of sin. When people have been given life
anew, they will receive the empowerment that comes from the realization
of the love that was shown to them. This love expresses itself further
in service. Hence it becomes a service which eloquently expresses
one's gratitude to Jesus and in an enduring one, offered to the Lord
as well as to the whole community of believers. The power of Jesus'
love continues to manifest itself to us and to the world to this day
through his Church. That is why the powers of hell cannot overcome it.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the healing and speedy recovery of Myra.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Franco Marco
- Thanksgiving:Teofilo & Betty Go Ang & Family
- Wedding Anniversary: Boy and Cora Morando
- In Memoriam (+): Chan Chin Sing
- In Memoriam (+): Chiu See
- 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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