Tuesday, February 03, 2009



FEBRUARY 4, 2009

HEBREWS 12:4-7,11-15
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of
shedding blood. You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to
you as sons: "My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or
lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he
disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges." Endure your
trials as "discipline"; God treats you as sons. For what "son" is
there whom his father does not discipline? At the time, all discipline
seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the
peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it. So
strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees. Make straight
paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be dislocated but
healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without
which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one be deprived of
the grace of God, that no bitter root spring up and cause trouble,
through which many may become defiled,

MARK 6:1-6
He departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by
his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the
synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, "Where
did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! Is he not the carpenter,
the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and
Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at
him. Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his
native place and among his own kin and in his own house." So he was
not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few
sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack
of faith. He went around to the villages in the vicinity teaching.

What distinguishes a true friend from a "sunny day" friend? True
friends do not just share happy moments alone, they also stick through
in thick and thin, in "stormy" times and "sunny weather". In other
words they also make it their business to see to it that the general
welfare of the friend can be achieved within his/her power to do so.
Even if it means painful and corrective measures that would help steer
the friend towards the right direction.

However, this act of caring is usually unappreciated, misunderstood
and regarded as meddling in one's private affairs and as Jesus puts
it: "a prophet is only despised in his own country among his own
relations and in his own house."

The caring concern for others is done out of compassion and well-wish
for the one who may be headed for trouble and problems. Hence, only an
attitude of humility and acceptance of correction, reprimand,
punishment and bearable suffering can ultimately usher in the
necessary peace that a proud heart rejects or fears. The more we
realize this as our training and development from God for us to become
the human beings that He had created, the faster we can relate to God
as our Father who regards us as His sons and daughters who what the
best for us. However, sometimes what we think is best for us may not
be so in God's eyes.

Are we aware of our own attitudes which accept concern from those who
sincerely try to help us out of love? Or are we holding on to our
pride and stubbornness which may prevent us from becoming better

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Christy Chin
- Roger Ebora
- Lourdes Ubana
- Aida Calleja
… for the personal intentions and guidance of:
- Josheil Dapo and family
- CFC Community in KSA
… for the personal intentions of: Pauline
… Birthday: Beth Tan Yap
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Toribio Ebora, Daisy and Ruel
Pastrana, Jose Pascual, Alfred Soriano. 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: Ma. Isabel Padua
- Birthday: Julita G. Lapuz
… 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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