Monday, February 16, 2009
TUESDAY 6TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
TUESDAY 6TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
GENESIS 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10
When the Lord saw how great was man's wickedness on earth, and how no
desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil, he
regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was
grieved. So the Lord said: "I will wipe out from the earth the men
whom I have created, and not only the men, but also the beasts and the
creeping things and the birds of the air, for I am sorry that I made
them." But Noah found favor with the Lord. Then the Lord said to Noah:
"Go into the ark, you and all your household, for you alone in this
age have I found to be truly just. Of every clean animal, take with
you seven pairs, a male and its mate; and of the unclean animals, one
pair, a male and its mate; likewise, of every clean bird of the air,
seven pairs, a male and a female, and of all the unclean birds, one
pair, a male and a female. Thus you will keep their issue alive over
all the earth. Seven days from now I will bring rain down on the earth
for forty days and forty nights, and so I will wipe out from the
surface of the earth every moving creature that I have made." Noah did
just as the Lord had commanded him. As soon as the seven days were
over, the waters of the flood came upon the earth.
The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf
with them in the boat. Jesus enjoined them, "Watch out, guard against
the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod." They concluded
among themselves that it was because they had no bread. When he became
aware of this he said to them, "Why do you conclude that it is because
you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your
hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? And
do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five
thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?"
They answered him, "Twelve." "When I broke the seven loaves for the
four thousand, how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?"
They answered him, "Seven." He said to them, "Do you still not
In today's Gospel, Christ reprimands the disciples: "Have you no
perception? Do you not yet understand? Are your minds closed?" Jesus
asks the disciples to forget their material needs and give their minds
to the spiritual nature of his mission to which miracles point.
We lose perception every time we worship an idol. When we worship
money, for example, we lose perspective and proper discernment on how
to decide on things. Many times our decisions are without basis or
wisdom; considerations are based only on money. Whatever our
priorities, we live our lives based on this. That is why Jesus reminds
us to open our minds to the spirit, which is intangible.
When we go through our lives relying on our sight and not by faith, we
have eyes but not "see", ears but not "hear" and mouths but not
"speak". The Lord wants to introduce and elevate us to the nature of
His spirit, which is everlasting. He wants us to receive bread that
will last forever, where we need not ever be hungry again. This is the
bread of life that comes from his Body, broken and resurrected for our
sake. When we partake of his body, our eyes will see, ears hear and
mouths speak his praise.
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.
… 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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