Friday, February 13, 2009



FEBRUARY 14, 2009

GENESIS 3:9-24
The Lord God called to Adam and asked him, "Where are you?" He
answered, "I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was
naked, so I hid myself." Then he asked, "Who told you that you were
naked? You have eaten, then, from the tree of which I had forbidden
you to eat!" The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with me–
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it." The Lord God then
asked the woman, "Why did you do such a thing?" The woman answered,
"The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it." Then the Lord God said
to the serpent: "Because you have done this, you shall be banned from
all the animals and from all the wild creatures; On your belly shall
you crawl, and dirt shall you eat all the days of your life. I will
put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and
hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel." To
the woman he said: "I will intensify the pangs of your childbearing;
in pain shall you bring forth children. Yet your urge shall be for
your husband, and he shall be your master." To the man he said:
"Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree of which I
had forbidden you to eat, "Cursed be the ground because of you! In
toil shall you eat its yield all the days of your life. Thorns and
thistles shall it bring forth to you, as you eat of the plants of the
field. By the sweat of your face shall you get bread to eat, Until you
return to the ground, from which you were taken; For you are dirt, and
to dirt you shall return." The man called his wife Eve, because she
became the mother of all the living. For the man and his wife the Lord
God made leather garments, with which he clothed them. Then the Lord
God said: "See! The man has become like one of us, knowing what is
good and what is evil! Therefore, he must not be allowed to put out
his hand to take fruit from the tree of life also, and thus eat of it
and live forever." The Lord God therefore banished him from the garden
of Eden, to till the ground from which he had been taken. When he
expelled the man, he settled him east of the garden of Eden; and he
stationed the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword, to guard the way
to the tree of life.

MARK 8:1-10
In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to
eat, Jesus summoned the disciples and said, "My heart is moved with
pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days
and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes,
they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a great
distance." His disciples answered him, "Where can anyone get enough
bread to satisfy them here in this deserted place?" Still he asked
them, "How many loaves do you have?" They replied, "Seven." He ordered
the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then, taking the seven loaves he
gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute,
and they distributed them to the crowd. They also had a few fish. He
said the blessing over them and ordered them distributed also. They
ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over seven
baskets. There were about four thousand people. He dismissed the crowd
and got into the boat with his disciples and came to the region of

In today's Gospel, when the apostles ask, "Where could anyone get
bread to feed these people in a deserted place like this?" This
reveals the poverty of their faith in Jesus. How many times have we
also thought: "Since the task seems impossible, why try at all?" How
easy it is for us to resign ourselves to defeat, content to mourn and
lament seemingly hopeless situations as if God were not almighty and
willing to help us.

Jesus offers the fullness of life and love, an abundance of grace to
all who follow him. His ways are the ways of life. Those who seek
Christ and his grace which is unlimited by definition, will never fear
when they lose their earthly goods.

Today, let us ask Jesus to give us the gift of compassion so that we
may serve others with His own heart. Let us also ask Him for the gifts
of faith, hope and love so that we will understand how His goodness
knows no bounds or limits and understand how He wishes us to pour out
His grace generously on others.

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 eternal repose of the soul of Mr. Chan Huan Yan. Eternal
rest grant unto him 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: Claire S. Diokno
- Birthday: Allan Ramos
- Birthday: Rogelio Vicencio
- Wedding Anniversary: Sunny & Peter Calibo
- Wedding Anniversary: Tony & Jennifer Gotamco Tan
- Wedding Anniversary: Fred & Carol David
- Wedding Anniversary: Gil & Marie Guanio
- In Memoriam (+): Narciso Tarun Guingab
- In Memoriam (+): Salud Nuqui Inocentes (Feb 14,1914-Oct 23,1978)
- In Memoriam (+): Vicente F. Fabella
… 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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