Thursday, February 12, 2009
Friday 5th Week in Ordinary Time
Friday 5th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals that the Lord
God had made. The serpent asked the woman, "Did God really tell you
not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?" The woman answered
the serpent: "We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; it
is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that
God said, 'You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.'" But
the serpent said to the woman: "You certainly will not die! No, God
knows well that the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and
you will be like gods who know what is good and what is evil." The
woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and
desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate
it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he
ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized
that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made
loincloths for themselves. When they heard the sound of the Lord God
moving about in the garden at the breezy time of the day, the man and
his wife hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the
Jesus left the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of
Galilee, into the district of the Decapolis. And people brought to him
a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand
on him. He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his
finger into the man's ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he
looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, "Ephphatha!" (that
is, "Be opened!") And immediately the man's ears were opened, his
speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly. He ordered them
not to tell anyone. But the more he ordered them not to, the more they
proclaimed it. They were exceedingly astonished and they said, "He has
done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."
Sometimes it's more convenient for us to be deaf than to hear what we
need to do for our Lord. When anyone asks for volunteers, we suddenly
can't go about giving our support. It's so much easier to show up at
our own time and at our own convenience.
Listening is the dying of one's own selfish distractions. Listening is
to remain totally focused on what the speaker is trying to say. It
takes skill to filter out what we don't find appealing. Unfortunately,
we might miss out on what could benefit us in the long run. Even as we
read this reflection, our thoughts may be wandering: a long desired
vacation, a nice cool drink, a certain person who has been on our mind
We need God to shake our heads and unplug our ears. It's good to be
shocked into focus, somehow liken to jarring the television set when
the picture suddenly turns fuzzy.
God needs our cooperation. Our entire being should be open and willing
to accept whatever God asks of us. He'll clear out the blockage, but
He leaves it up to us to remain steadfast and loyal to His words. Each
day that we reflect on what the Lord seeks from us, may we grow to
become more faithful to Him and to entrust ourselves into his hands.
There's no need to feel lost in silence when we allow God to enter our
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Christy Chin
… for the personal intentions of:
- Dapo family
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Dondon, Fr. Tering and Ricardo
- Mr. Chan Huan Yan
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: Virginia Nañagas
- In Memoriam (+): Marcos Cu (1938-2000)+
… 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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