Wednesday, January 20, 2010



JANUARY 21, 2010

1 SAMUEL 18:6-9; 19:1-7
On their return, when David was coming back from killing the
Philistine, the women came out of all the towns of Israel singing and
dancing to meet King Saul, with tambourines, sistrums and cries of
joy; and as they danced the women sang: Saul has killed his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands. Saul was very angry; the incident
displeased him. 'They have given David the tens of thousands,' he
said, 'but me only the thousands; what more can he have, except the
throne?' And Saul watched David jealously from that day onwards. Saul
let his son Jonathan and all his servants know of his intention to
kill David. But Jonathan, Saul's son, held David in great affection;
and Jonathan warned David, 'My father Saul is looking for a way to
kill you, so be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding, stay
out of sight. I shall go out and keep my father company in the
countryside where you will be, and shall talk to my father about you;
I shall see what the situation is and then tell you.' Jonathan spoke
highly of David to Saul his father and said, 'The king should not harm
his servant David; far from harming you, what he has done has been
greatly to your advantage. He took his life in his hands, he killed
the Philistine, and Yahweh brought about a great victory for all
Israel. You saw for yourself. How pleased you were! Why then sin
against innocent blood by killing David for no reason?' Saul was
impressed by Jonathan's words. Saul swore, 'As Yahweh lives, I will
not kill him.' Jonathan called David and told him all this. Jonathan
then brought him to Saul, and David remained in attendance as before.

MARK 3:7-12
Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lakeside, and great crowds
from Galilee followed him. From Judaea, and from Jerusalem, and from
Idumaea and Transjordan and the region of Tyre and Sidon, great
numbers who had heard of all he was doing came to him. And he asked
his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, to
keep him from being crushed. For he had cured so many that all who
were afflicted in any way were crowding forward to touch him. And the
unclean spirits, whenever they saw him, would fall down before him and
shout, 'You are the Son of God!' But he warned them strongly not to
make him known.

There is one scene in the musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar" where we
find Our Lord being overwhelmed by so many people needing his healing
touch. Everyone was seeking his personal attention and it's easy to
empathize with his frustration and angst, that there was just too many
of them to address effectively at one time. Finding ourselves in a
similar situation, it would be very easy to just walk away and leave
the crowd to fend for itself.

But, Jesus, as much as possible tries to accommodate all those who
desperately need to see him or be comforted by him. There were
pilgrims who came from distant lands who only longed to witness being
in the presence of their beloved Messiah. That's why Jesus wisely
instructed his apostles to prepare a boat so that he wouldn't be
crushed by the multitudes all wanting to be as close to him as humanly
possible. He still performed miracles and rebuked unclean spirits who
acknowledged that indeed he was the Son of God. We can only imagine
that Jesus tried to help all that he could, in spite of his human
limitations at that time. No matter how many wanted to be near him, he
didn't leave even if he had the prerogative to do so. Rather, he
stayed and attended to all who had some concern or request to ask of

May we show the same patience and fortitude our Lord had when faced
with so much to do. May we stay focused in getting the job done and
give what we can to as many as we can.

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
- Gemma
- Davis Danao
- Abraham A.
… for the personal intentions of:
- Josheil Dapo
- Mariano Montemayor
- Angelo Sulangi
… 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, Felicito Amaranto, Francisca Amaranto,
Evelyn Amaranto
- Roger Gestiada
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 Patricia Anne C. Inocencio
- In Memoriam (+) Conchita J. Del Carmen
… 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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