Tuesday, January 13, 2009
WEDNESDAY 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
WEDNESDAY 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
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.
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.
When throngs of needy village folk waited for him in the early hours
of the day, staying seemed to make sense. The adulation of many must
have at least felt good. Popularity can be so intoxicating, and the
desire to remain must have been so compelling. Yet immediately after
prayer, Christ moved on to the next town. When conditions are so
successful and affirming, and unmet needs are plentiful, how could
Christ push on? Does Christ have no feelings?
Saying good-bye to familiarity is always painful, more so when the
situation to help others seems pressingly urgent. To move means
leaving certainty and starting all over again.
Seeking God's will is not always an easy task. Perhaps this problem
has often plagued us with the uneasy feeling that choosing what may
feel good might only turn out to be some great excuse for following
In today's reading, Christ reminds us to trust our inner promptings
even when they are at odds with the external environment. This was his
example as he resolutely took the road to the next town, and
eventually to Calvary—trustingly.
Where do our inner promptings call us to serve? Let us pray for the
grace to be open to the way that Christ is showing us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of Sophia Gonzalez
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Pete Tioseco. Eternal rest
grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Rosa B. Cua
- Birthday: Dr. Ma. Fides Pacheco
- Birthday: Fil Christian M. Cruz
- Birthday: Shay Canon
- Birthday: Edith Caro
- Birthday: Katherine Armanda Rodrigo
- Birthday: Elizabeth Dee
- Birthday: Heidi Caro
- Wedding Anniversary: Brian & Ria Cassandra Salonga
- In Memoriam (+): Florencia B. Cabrera
… for the healing and peace of all families
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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