Sunday, February 15, 2009



FEBRUARY 16, 2009

GENESIS 4:1-15, 25
The man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore
Cain, saying, "I have produced a man with the help of the Lord." Next
she bore his brother Abel. Abel became a keeper of flocks, and Cain a
tiller of the soil. In the course of time Cain brought an offering to
the Lord from the fruit of the soil, while Abel, for his part, brought
one of the best firstlings of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on
Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not. Cain
greatly resented this and was crestfallen. So the Lord said to Cain:
"Why are you so resentful and crestfallen. If you do well, you can
hold up your head; but if not, sin is a demon lurking at the door: his
urge is toward you, yet you can be his master." Cain said to his
brother Abel, "Let us go out in the field." When they were in the
field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord
asked Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" He answered, "I do not know.
Am I my brother's keeper?" The Lord then said: "What have you done!
Listen: your brother's blood cries out to me from the soil! Therefore
you shall be banned from the soil that opened its mouth to receive
your brother's blood from your hand. If you till the soil, it shall no
longer give you its produce. You shall become a restless wanderer on
the earth." Cain said to the Lord: "My punishment is too great to
bear. Since you have now banished me from the soil, and I must avoid
your presence and become a restless wanderer on the earth, anyone may
kill me at sight." "Not so!" the Lord said to him. "If anyone kills
Cain, Cain shall be avenged sevenfold." So the Lord put a mark on
Cain, lest anyone should kill him at sight. Adam again had relations
with his wife, and she gave birth to a son whom she called Seth. "God
has granted me more offspring in place of Abel," she said, "because
Cain slew him."

MARK 8:11-13
The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus, seeking from
him a sign from heaven to test him. He sighed from the depth of his
spirit and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to
you, no sign will be given to this generation." Then he left them, got
into the boat again, and went off to the other shore.

In the Gospel today, the Pharisees continue to test Jesus, by asking
him to give a sign as evidence that he is indeed the Savior. Jesus
refuses to satisfy their requests. Instead, the most powerful sign he
presented was his life and teachings. But still they were not

In our own lives do we sometimes also fail to recognize the signs? For
some of us, we hope to have easy solutions to our problems, to see a
miraculous cure for a person with a terminal illness, to gain sudden
successes in our work, or even perhaps to perform tasks with the least
effort. We must remember that the miracles that happen in our lives
are those we attain within ourselves when we achieve spiritual
satisfaction, peace of mind and the realization of Christ's presence
in all that we do.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Christy Chin
- Sister Teresa Mabasa, DC
- Jocelyn Bulan
… for the personal intentions of the family of Maria Josheil Dapo
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Luis Armovit
- Wedding Anniversary: Joey & Cita Roxas
- In Memoriam (+): Dr. Victor T. Nañagas
- In Memoriam (+): Lim Siok Tuan Ang (Nov 6, 1927-Feb 16, 2005)+
… 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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