Thursday, January 15, 2009
FRIDAY 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
FRIDAY 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
HEBREWS 4:1-5, 11
Let us be on our guard while the promise of entering into his rest
remains, that none of you seem to have failed. For in fact we have
received the Good News just as our ancestors did. But the word that
they heard did not profit them, for they were not united in faith with
those who listened. For we who believed enter into that rest, just as
he has said: As I swore in my wrath, "They shall not enter into my
rest," and yet his works were accomplished at the foundation of the
world. For he has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this
manner, And God rested on the seventh day from all his works; and
again, in the previously mentioned place, They shall not enter into my
rest. Therefore, let us strive to enter into that rest, so that no one
may fall after the same example of disobedience.
When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that
he was at home. Many gathered together so that there was no longer
room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to
them. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof
above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on
which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to
him, "Child, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were
sitting there asking themselves, "Why does this man speak that way? He
is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?" Jesus immediately
knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said,
"Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to
say to the paralytic, "Your sins are forgiven," or to say, "Rise, pick
up your mat and walk"? But that you may know that the Son of Man has
authority to forgive sins on earth" "he said to the paralytic, "I say
to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home." He rose, picked up his
mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all
astounded and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like
Today's Gospel contains such beautiful expressions of faith. Both the
paralytic and the men that help him illustrate such a powerful faith
in Jesus' power to heal and forgive. Their faith is a vivid contrast
to the questioning of the scribes. Jesus makes it clear that sin can
indeed paralyze us.
Sin can paralyze us. It can keep us from walking in the light of faith
and responding positively to God in our lives. Let us leave the
paralysis of sin behind in order to stand up and walk faithfully the
way of faith.
Let us ask for God's mercy and guidance through the Holy Spirit to
enlighten us, to think before we act. Let us not remain burdens that
Jesus carries in the cross. Let us make his burden lighter by not
committing sin, and let our actions be in accordance with the
commandments — an act of gratitude for all the blessings our Father
has bestowed upon 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 Maria Uy. Eternal rest grant
unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all the
dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Geraldine O. So
- Birthday: Ryan L. Lamar
- Birthday: Lucy M. Eugenio
- Birthday: Sally Mamalateo
- Birthday: Bishop Teodoro Bacani, D.D.
- Birthday: Ernest Khu
- Wedding Anniversary: Lanny and Charito Nañagas
- Wedding Anniversary: Chit & Ramon Marin
… 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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