Sunday, January 13, 2008


Monday 1st Week in Ordinary Time

January 14, 2008
Monday 1st Week in Ordinary Time - Year II

1 SAMUEL 1:1-8
There was a certain man from Ramathaim, Elkanah by name, a Zuphite
from the hill country of Ephraim. He was the son of Jeroham, son of
Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. He had two wives, one
named Hannah, the other Peninnah; Peninnah had children, but Hannah
was childless. This man regularly went on pilgrimage from his city to
worship the LORD of hosts and to sacrifice to him at Shiloh, where the
two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were ministering as priests of
the LORD. When the day came for Elkanah to offer sacrifice, he used to
give a portion each to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and
daughters, but a double portion to Hannah because he loved her, though
the LORD had made her barren. Her rival, to upset her, turned it into
a constant reproach to her that the LORD had left her barren. This
went on year after year; each time they made their pilgrimage to the
sanctuary of the LORD, Peninnah would approach her, and Hannah would
weep and refuse to eat. Her husband Elkanah used to ask her: "Hannah,
why do you weep, and why do you refuse to eat? Why do you grieve? Am I
not more to you than ten sons?"

MARK 1:14-20
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the
Gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is
at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel." As he passed by the Sea
of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets
into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come after me,
and I will make you fishers of men." Then they left their nets and
followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son
of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending
their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in
the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

Being human we have a natural tendency to stay in our comfort zones.
We hesitate and are adverse to change, especially when we feel
comfortable wherever we are. When we feel sure of ourselves and feel
that we are able to handle everything that come our way, perhaps
that's when we have begun to stop growing in our understanding of God.
We need to remain open-minded to discern whatever he has planned for
us, to bring us from where we are to where he wants us to be.

To repent is to feel remorse or regret for any wrongdoing. When we
repent, we stop going in our present direction; we go towards another
even the opposite direction. It involves a conscious and decisive
change of course. When we repent we go through a radical change of
hear t and mind; we agree to take specific actions to align ourselves
with his will. It involves an active response to God's calling where
merely words are not enough, but a change is asked of us.

We cannot remain in our comfort zones to reach new heights in our
relationship with the Lord. In order for us to experience God to the
degree he wants us to, we will need to undergo adjustments. Remember
that we will always be one step of obedience away from the next truth
God wants us to learn about him.

Are we prepared to repent daily for our sins so that we will be able
to constantly receive new graces from God?

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara and Eligia Fernando
- Herminia Guiden
- Eric Lagumbay
- Guillermo Samaniego, Jr.
- Bebe Lastimado
... for the personal intentions of:
- Dumauas families
- Mayjay Cubelo
... Good health: Margie, Evelyn and the members of the Ponce de Leon
Family ... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Francisco Tong
... 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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