Tuesday, February 10, 2009



FEBRUARY 11, 2009

GENESIS 2:5-9, 15-17
At the time when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens– while as
yet there was no field shrub on earth and no grass of the field had
sprouted, for the Lord God had sent no rain upon the earth and there
was no man to till the soil, but a stream was welling up out of the
earth and was watering all the surface of the ground– the Lord God
formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils
the breath of life, and so man became a living being. Then the Lord
God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and he placed there the man
whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made various trees
grow that were delightful to look at and good for food, with the tree
of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil. The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the
garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. The Lord God gave man
this order: "You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden
except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. From that tree you
shall not eat; the moment you eat from it you are surely doomed to

MARK 7:14-23
Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, "Hear me, all of you,
and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that
person; but the things that come out from within are what defile."
When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him
about the parable. He said to them, "Are even you likewise without
understanding? Do you not realize that everything that goes into a
person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but
the stomach and passes out into the latrine?" (Thus he declared all
foods clean.) "But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles
him. From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts,
unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils
come from within and they defile."

God conceived and created the world with the purest of intentions.
However, in His desire for us to live in freedom He gave us the free
will to decide and make our own choices. God created us out of love
for us. Yet this freedom is not absolute in itself; God is the only
absolute one. This freedom had to be exercised within the confines of
what is good for humanity and what is good can only be defined by the
origin and source of that good. Man cannot know what is good unless it
is revealed by God to him. God did this through his Son, Jesus Christ,
who is the way, the truth and the life. Any attempt to know what is
good or bad is to abuse and override God's authority and play God

From Biblical history, man's attempt for perfection had always fallen
short even when he followed the commandments and hundreds of precepts.
Men may assume that he is justified just because he is following the
letter of the law, but in reality it is how he follows the law in his
heart that the law was intended. Only the love that Jesus Christ has
shown us, the love that ultimately led him to his crucifixion, can set
us free of the evil that live in men's hearts. Evil intentions like
fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, malice, deceit,
indecency, envy, slander, pride, folly, all these evil things come
from within and make a man unclean.

Have we examined ourselves lately? What are our attitudes when we
relate with others? How have we loved others? Or perhaps we express
externally our "love" for God alone forgetting that love of God is
also love for all men and women, without exception?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of: Sophia Gonzalez
… for the personal intentions of:
- Jessy
- Dapo family
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Dondon, Fr. Tering and
Ricardo. 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: Lourdes Carriedo
- Birthday: JV Rinosa
- Wedding Anniversary: Erwin & Johanna Chuaunsu
- Wedding Anniversary: Jerome & Sally Gotamco
- Wedding Anniversary: Edward & Jennifer Inocentes
- Wedding Anniversary: Betty & Froilan Gervasio
… 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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