Tuesday, January 19, 2010



JANUARY 20, 2010

1 SAMUEL 17:32-33, 37, 40-51
David said to Saul, 'Let no one be discouraged on his account; your
servant will go and fight this Philistine.' Saul said to David, 'You
cannot go and fight the Philistine; you are only a boy and he has been
a warrior since his youth.' 'Yahweh,' David went on, 'who delivered me
from the claws of lion and bear, will deliver me from the clutches of
this Philistine.' Then Saul said to David, 'Go, and Yahweh be with
you!' He took his stick in his hand, selected five smooth stones from
the river bed and put them in his shepherd's bag, in his pouch; then,
sling in hand, he walked towards the Philistine. The Philistine,
preceded by his shield-bearer, came nearer and nearer to David. When
the Philistine looked David up and down, what he saw filled him with
scorn, because David was only a lad, with ruddy cheeks and an
attractive appearance. The Philistine said to David, 'Am I a dog for
you to come after me with sticks?' And the Philistine cursed David by
his gods. The Philistine said to David, 'Come over here and I will
give your flesh to the birds of the air and the wild beasts!' David
retorted to the Philistine, 'You come to me with sword, spear and
scimitar, but I come to you in the name of Yahweh Sabaoth, God of the
armies of Israel, whom you have challenged. Today, Yahweh will deliver
you into my hand; I shall kill you, I shall cut off your head; today,
I shall give your corpse and the corpses of the Philistine army to the
birds of the air and the wild beasts, so that the whole world may know
that there is a God in Israel, and this whole assembly know that
Yahweh does not give victory by means of sword and spear -- for Yahweh
is lord of the battle and he will deliver you into our power.' No
sooner had the Philistine started forward to confront David than David
darted out of the lines and ran to meet the Philistine. Putting his
hand in his bag, he took out a stone, slung it and struck the
Philistine on the forehead; the stone penetrated his forehead and he
fell face downwards on the ground. Thus David triumphed over the
Philistine with a sling and a stone; he hit the Philistine and killed
him, though he had no sword in his hand. David ran and stood over the
Philistine, seized his sword, pulled it from the scabbard, despatched
him and cut off his head. When the Philistines saw that their champion
was dead, they fled.

MARK 3:1-6
Another time he went into the synagogue, and there was a man present
whose hand was withered. And they were watching him to see if he would
cure him on the Sabbath day, hoping for something to charge him with.
He said to the man with the withered hand, 'Get up and stand in the
middle!' Then he said to them, 'Is it permitted on the Sabbath day to
do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to kill?' But they said
nothing. Then he looked angrily round at them, grieved to find them so
obstinate, and said to the man, 'Stretch out your hand.' He stretched
it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and began at
once to plot with the Herodians against him, discussing how to destroy

Against all odds, the young and diminutive shepherd boy David, in
today's first reading, defeated the mighty Philistine warrior.
Similarly, in today's Gospel, Jesus healed the withered hand of a man
on the Sabbath to the consternation of the learned of the day. For
both these instances, the only explanation was that each of them knew
that God was on their side. This alone gave them the confidence and
conviction to do what they did.

Can we recall similar times in our own lives? When was it that we
found ourselves doing something that was not the most practical,
possibly not even logical by any objective standards? In such an
occasion, we could have only heard the disapproving voices of even
those people who deeply care for us. And yet, we knew that God was on
our side. Somehow, God showed us the way and provided us with what we
needed. He alone gave us the strength and courage to go on.

As we recall such moments in our lives, let us thank our Father. Let
us also continue to seek his grace to reveal His will for us today.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Brenda
- Don Villanueva
- Marietta Triunfante
- Vic Carabajal
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jessy
- Rita Cuerva
… for the personal intentions of: Josheil Dapo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Nardo Perez
- Deogracias Tigno, Jr., Deogracas Tigno III, Carla Tigno. Deocarlo
Tigno, Donabelle Tigno, Jesus Aquino Tigno
- April Yrigan
- Marife Fajardo
- Ricardo Villanueva, Caridad Villanueva
- Benjamin Amaranto, Inocencia Amaranto, Alfredo Amaranto, Cecilia
Amaranto, Antolin Amaranto
- Roger Gestiada
- Felicito Amaranto, Francisca Amaranto, Evelyn Amaranto
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: Mike Molinyawe
- Birthday: Angela Macapagal Elizes
- Wedding Anniversary: Hilton & Rosana Chua Fong
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilfred & Sally Lim
- In Memoriam (+): Lino E. Habacon
- In Memoriam (+): Remedios A. Jose
… 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. parishpriest@marythequeen.org

Assistant Parish Priests' e-mails:
Fr. R. Hart, S. J. rodneyhart@marythequeen.org
Fr. Thomas O'Gorman, S. J. thogorman@marythequeen.org

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