Tuesday, March 03, 2009



MARCH 4, 2009

JONAH 3:1-10
The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: "Set out for the
great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell
you." So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD's
bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days
to go through it. Jonah began his journey through the city, and had
gone but a single day's walk announcing, "Forty days more and Nineveh
shall be destroyed," when the people of Nineveh believed God; they
proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.
When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne,
laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the
ashes. Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of
the king and his nobles: "Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor
sheep, shall taste anything; they shall not eat, nor shall they drink
water. Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth and call loudly
to God; every man shall turn from his evil way and from the violence
he has in hand. Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold
his blazing wrath, so that we shall not perish." When God saw by their
actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil
that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.

LUKE 11:29-32
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
"This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign
will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a
sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this
generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends
of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something
greater than Solomon here. At the judgment the men of Nineveh will
arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of
Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here."

The people whom Jesus was speaking to in today's Gospel did not trust
in him. They did not open their hearts to him, and that is why they
could neither understand nor value him. They wanted him to do things
in the way they thought that he should do them. We should avoid any
temptation to follow this attitude. The people asked for a sign, but
Jesus will give them no other sign than his Resurrection.

We all admire certain people because of their personalities or
qualities. By what criteria do we value one person over another? It is
a fact that a person's personality and qualities suggest a more
perfect living of what it means to be human. Upon taking on our human
nature, Jesus showed us how to live our humanity to the fullest. Jesus
fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear.
The queen of the south took Solomon's wisdom seriously and made a long
and dangerous journey to go and listen to him. The Ninevites took
Jonah and his message seriously and repented. In both these cases the
people's actions were determined by their encounter with another
person. If we take Jesus seriously, we will want to know him and
encounter him. If our encounter with Jesus is powerful and moving, it
will move us to respond to Jesus' greatness with our actions.

Perhaps we all feel that there are situations in life that sometimes
may make us not trust in Jesus fully. It is so easy to see things from
our own point of view. Let us ask Jesus to help us to see things as he
sees them and to help us develop a "spiritual sense" that will allow
us to see him in the different aspects of our lives.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Gett Que
- Sophia Gonzalez
… for the personal intentions of
- the Dapo family
- Belardo and Magcamit families
- Mary Wong
- Dapo family
- Veronica Yap
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Santino Cordon
- Birthday: Leticia T. Sala
- Birthday: Arturo M. Marin
- In Memoriam (+): Samson Chua
- Wedding Anniversary: Tomo & Corky Bate
… 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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