Sunday, February 08, 2009
Monday 5th Week in Ordinary Time
Monday 5th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the
earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while
a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said, "Let there be
light," and there was light. God saw how good the light was. God then
separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and
the darkness he called "night." Thus evening came, and morning
followed–the first day. Then God said, "Let there be a dome in the
middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other."
And so it happened: God made the dome, and it separated the water
above the dome from the water below it. God called the dome "the sky."
Evening came, and morning followed–the second day. Then God said, "Let
the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin, so that the
dry land may appear." And so it happened: the water under the sky was
gathered into its basin, and the dry land appeared. God called the dry
land "the earth," and the basin of the water he called "the sea." God
saw how good it was. Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth
vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of
fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it." And so it
happened: the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed
and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed
in it. God saw how good it was. Evening came, and morning followed–the
third day. Then God said: "Let there be lights in the dome of the sky,
to separate day from night. Let them mark the fixed times, the days
and the years, and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed
light upon the earth." And so it happened: God made the two great
lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to
govern the night; and he made the stars. God set them in the dome of
the sky, to shed light upon the earth, to govern the day and the
night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw how good
it was. Evening came, and morning followed–the fourth day.
After making the crossing to the other side of the sea, Jesus and his
disciples came to land at Gennesaret and tied up there. As they were
leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him. They scurried
about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats
to wherever they heard he was. Whatever villages or towns or
countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and
begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as
many as touched it were healed.
Today's Gospel allows us to contemplate the real and personal love
that Jesus has for each one of us. On the one hand, it tells how the
people brought their sick to Jesus to be cured. They eagerly sought
out their loved ones and their neighbors so that they would be healed
by the Master's touch. On the other hand, Jesus is the Son of God, and
nothing in his life on earth happened to him by chance. He did not
need anyone to tell him what was in man's heart, and most assuredly
his heart was turned to those many men and women who were burdened by
the weight of physical illness. He was the Doctor going to heal, the
Lord before whom every ailment had to retreat. He yearned to touch the
sick and bring them the cure that they sought.
True love is to will the good of the other. The degree to which a
mother wills the good of her children is gauged by the degree of her
dedication to them. The love of a husband and father is seen in his
complete forgetfulness of self for the good of his family.
Christ's love, for us surpasses anything that we could ever think of.
He loved us and gave himself up for us on the cross. He came that we
might have life and have it to the full, bestowing upon us a happiness
that the world can never have, nor even understand. He came that we
would find in him our salvation and thus be with him for all eternity.
No one can ever measure the love that the Son of God has for us. No
one can ever measure the love that pours out on us from his Real
Presence in so many places on this earth of ours.
In his presence and under his protection, let us raise our hearts and
souls to him in a song of thanksgiving. Thank him for his goodness,
for his having come to heal us, redeem us and open the gates of heaven
for us. If our gratitude is real, then it must be seen in our living
Jesus' law of love together with our brothers and sisters.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Aurea Magcamit
- Christy Chin
… for the personal intentions of:
- Lina Magcamit
- Honorio J. Marasigan
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Wilfredo Rodriguez. Eternal
rest grant unto he 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: Quinta Atienza
- Birthday: Marge Lim
- Thanksgiving: Efleda R. Aban
… 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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