Thursday, June 07, 2007


Friday 9th Week in Ordinary Time

June 8, 2007
Friday 9th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

TOBIT 11:5-15
Meanwhile, Anna sat watching the road by which her son was to come.
When she saw him coming, she exclaimed to his father, "Tobit, your son
is coming, and the man who traveled with him!" Raphael said to Tobiah
before he reached his father: "I am certain that his eyes will be
opened. Smear the fish gall on them. This medicine will make the
cataracts shrink and peel off from his eyes; then your father will
again be able to see the light of day." Then Anna ran up to her son,
threw her arms around him, and said to him, "Now that I have seen you
again, son, I am ready to die!" And she sobbed aloud. Tobit got up and
stumbled out through the courtyard gate. Tobiah went up to him with
the fish gall in his hand, and holding him firmly, blew into his eyes.
"Courage, father," he said. Next he smeared the medicine on his eyes,
and it made them smart. Then, beginning at the corners of Tobit's
eyes, Tobiah used both hands to peel off the cataracts. When Tobit saw
his son, he threw his arms around him and wept. He exclaimed, "I can
see you, son, the light of my eyes!" Then he said: "Blessed be God,
and praised be his great name, and blessed be all his holy angels. May
his holy name be praised throughout all the ages, Because it was he
who scourged me, and it is he who has had mercy on me. Behold, I now
see my son Tobiah!" Then Tobit went back in, rejoicing and praising
God with full voice. Tobiah told his father that his journey had been
a success; that he had brought back the money; and that he had married
Raguel's daughter Sarah, who would arrive shortly, for she was
approaching the gate of Nineveh. '

MARK 12:35-37
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

The genealogies of Jesus, which are given by Matthew and Luke, show
that Jesus was in fact of the lineage of David. What Jesus is doing is
this. He is not denying that the Messiah is the Son of David, nor is
he denying that he is not the Son of David. What Jesus is saying is
that he is the Son of David and far more. The coming Messiah was not
only David's son, he was Lord.

The trouble was that the title "Son of David" had got itself entangled
with the idea of a conquering Messiah. It had got involved in
political and rationalistic hopes and dreams, and aims and ambitions.
It was used for the hoped for founder of an earthly kingdom.

What Jesus is saying is that the title "Son of David", as it was
popularly used, is a quite inadequate description of himself. He was
Lord. Now this word Lord in Greek is the regular translation of Jahweh
in the Hebrew scriptures. Always its use would turn people's thoughts
to God.

What Jesus is saying is that he came not to found an earthly kingdom.
He came to bring God to people and people to God. Jesus is doing here
what he so constantly tried to do. He is trying to take from people's
minds their idea of a conquering warrior Messiah who would found an
earthly empire, and seeking instead to put into them the idea of a
Messiah who would be the servant of God, and who would bring to people
the love of God.

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the healing and speedy recovery of: Alyssa
.. for the eternal repose of the souls of Julieta Maceda - Jose
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
.. for the safe trip and a new beginning for Mrs. Teresita Nunez Choa
.. for spiritual and physical healing of Belinda Javier
.. for enlightenment and guidance of those who will be taking the
Nurses' Board exam on June 11
.. for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Esperanza Gerona
- Prayer Intention: Juni H. Gotamco
- Wedding Anniversary: James & Susan Chua
.. 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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