Friday, January 15, 2010



JANUARY 16, 2010

1 SAMUEL 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1
Among the men of Benjamin was a man called Kish son of Abiel, son of
Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah; a Benjaminite and a person of
rank. He had a son called Saul, a handsome man in the prime of life.
Of all the Israelites there was no one more handsome than he; he stood
head and shoulders taller than anyone else. Now since the donkeys
belonging to Kish, Saul's father, had strayed, Kish said to his son
Saul, 'My son, take one of the servants with you and be off; go and
look for the donkeys.' They went through the highlands of Ephraim,
they went through the territory of Shalishah, and did not find them;
they went through the territory of Shaalim but they were not there;
they went through the territory of Benjamin and did not find them.
When Samuel saw Saul, Yahweh told him, 'That is the man of whom I said
to you, "He is to govern my people." ' Saul accosted Samuel in the
gateway and said, 'Tell me, please, where the seer's house is.' Samuel
replied to Saul, 'I am the seer. Go up ahead of me to the high place.
You must eat with me today. Tomorrow, when I let you go, I shall tell
you whatever is on your mind. Samuel took a phial of oil and poured it
on Saul's head; he then kissed him and said, 'Has not Yahweh anointed
you as leader of his people Israel? You are the man who is to govern
Yahweh's people and save them from the power of the enemies
surrounding them.

MARK 2:13-17
He went out again to the shore of the lake; and all the people came to
him, and he taught them. As he was walking along he saw Levi the son
of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, 'Follow
me.' And he got up and followed him. When Jesus was at dinner in his
house, a number of tax collectors and sinners were also sitting at
table with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many of them among
his followers. When the scribes of the Pharisee party saw him eating
with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, 'Why does
he eat with tax collectors and sinners?' When Jesus heard this he said
to them, 'It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. I
came to call not the upright, but sinners.'

Jesus teaches us not to pass judgment on people just because they lie
outside the accepted limits of decency and morality. And indeed, Jesus
tells us that the tax collectors and other sinners are more likely to
enter heaven than the more piously but hypocritically inclined.

Jesus reserved his harshest indictment for the Pharisees and their way
of life. They were hypocrites and Jesus lashed at them in the
strongest language ever, crying "Woe to you Pharisees and you other
religious leaders... How shall you escape the judgment of hell?"
Matthew 23: 13-36

Jesus derided their pretense at holiness while at the same time, they
would evict widows from their homes without remorse. They tried to
look saintly while their hearts were befouled with hypocrisy, greed
and sin. Jesus scorned their concern for minutiae rather than on the
more important matters of justice, mercy and faith.

Let us eschew the way of pride and hypocrisy of the Pharisee. If we
only could follow the example of Jesus who taught that love conquers
all! Every goodness evolves from love – justice, mercy, faith, and
concern for the lowly living in poverty in our midst.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Brenda
- Gemma
- David Danao
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jessy
- Tess Aquinde
… for the personal intentions of:
- Joaquin
- Mariano Montemayor
- Milen
- Lachi
- B. Garber
… In Thanksgiving for all the blessing received: Aviles family
… for the victims and families affected by the earthquake in Haiti
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Go Bon Shu. 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: Ryan L. Lamar
- Birthday: Lucy M. Eugenio
- Birthday: Sally Mamalateo
- Wedding Anniversary: Chit & Ramon Marin
- Wedding Anniversary: Lanny and Charito Nañagas
- In Memoriam (+): Marcela Uy
… 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!

Parish Priests' e-mail:
Fr. J. Cesar R. Marin, S. J.

Assistant Parish Priests' e-mails:
Fr. R. Hart, S. J.
Fr. Thomas O'Gorman, S. J.

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