Monday, January 14, 2008



JANUARY 15, 2008

1 SAMUEL 1:9-20
Hannah rose after a meal at Shiloh, and presented herself before the
LORD; at the time, Eli the priest was sitting on a chair near the
doorpost of the LORD's temple. In her bitterness she prayed to the
LORD, weeping copiously, and she made a vow, promising: "O LORD of
hosts, if you look with pity on the misery of your handmaid, if you
remember me and do not forget me, if you give your handmaid a male
child, I will give him to the LORD for as long as he lives; neither
wine nor liquor shall he drink, and no razor shall ever touch his
head." As she remained long at prayer before the LORD, Eli watched
her mouth, for Hannah was praying silently; though her lips were
moving, her voice could not be heard. Eli, thinking her drunk, said
to her, "How long will you make a drunken show of yourself? Sober up
from your wine!" "It isn't that, my lord," Hannah answered. "I am an
unhappy woman. I have had neither wine nor liquor; I was only pouring
out my troubles to the LORD. Do not think your handmaid a ne'er-do-
well; my prayer has been prompted by my deep sorrow and misery." Eli
said, "Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have
asked of him." She replied, "Think kindly of your maidservant, " and
left. She went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband, and
no longer appeared downcast. Early the next morning they worshiped
before the LORD, and then returned to their home in Ramah. When
Elkanah had relations with his wife Hannah, the LORD remembered her.
She conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son whom she called
Samuel, since she had asked the LORD for him.

MARK 1:21-28
Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers, and on the sabbath he
entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his
teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the
scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he
cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you
come to destroy us? I know who you are the Holy One of God!" Jesus
rebuked him and said, "Quiet! Come out of him!" The unclean spirit
convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed
and asked one another, "What is this? A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him." His fame
spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

Of ten we remain a prisoner of our own negative feelings without
remembering that we can pour them out to the Lord. We remain at the
human level, trying to solve our problems to the best of our ability
without making any effort to rely on God through prayer. We should
try to discover this double-response to events, doing our best to
solve by human means the problems that confront us, try to solve them
with all our energy, intelligence and persevering will. At the same
time we should pray over the same realities with all our faith and
trust in the Lord.

Genuine prayer transforms the one who prays. Prayer does not change
God: it changes us. It makes us more willing and ready to do God's
will. Genuine prayer is no escapism from the troubles of this world.
Instead it enables us to search around more deeply, to work better,
to find more fitting solutions.

Prayer helps us receive the grace which God wants to send us. Now
after prayer, the daily routine will start once again. The most
natural human courses of action will play their roles. This is the
way God usually acts. His divine action does not oppress, but rather
hides behind many human actions.

God, who is the origin of everything, hides behind the actions which
appear capable of producing everything by themselves. Unbelievers may
interpret the human event on a merely natural level. But if we have
deep faith, it will move us to decipher the hand of God at work in
every event of our lives.

Do we recognize the part which God is playing in our life? Are we
used to deciphering the events which happen to us? Let us ask God
today for the grace to interpret all the events of our life at the
supernatural as well as at the natural level.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Herminia Guiden
- Bebe Lastimado
- Carlo Florentino and George Munar
- Russell P. Cuenca
... for the personal intentions of Mayjay Cubelo
... for the eternal repose of the souls of Maria, Candido, Isidora,
Alfonso, Alfonsa, Jovita, Modesta, Alipio Eternal rest grant unto
them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the
dearly departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Deejay Ng
- In Memoriam(+): Lucio Lim
- In Memoriam (+): Imelda Reyes
... 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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