Thursday, January 21, 2010



JANUARY 22, 2010

1 SAMUEL 24:3-21
Saul thereupon took three thousand men selected from all Israel and
went in search of David and his men east of the Rocks of the Mountain
Goats. He came to the sheepfolds along the route, where there was a
cave, and went in to cover his feet. Now David and his men were
sitting in the recesses of the cave; David's men said to him, 'Today
is the day of which Yahweh said to you, "I shall deliver your enemy
into your power; do what you like with him." ' David got up and,
unobserved, cut off the border of Saul's cloak. Afterwards David
reproached himself for having cut off the border of Saul's cloak. He
said to his men, 'Yahweh preserve me from doing such a thing to my
lord as to raise my hand against him, since he is Yahweh's anointed.'
By these words David restrained his men and would not let them attack
Saul. Saul then left the cave and went on his way. After this, David
too left the cave and called after Saul, 'My lord king!' Saul looked
behind him and David, bowing to the ground, prostrated himself. David
then said to Saul, 'Why do you listen to people who say, "David
intends your ruin"? This very day you have seen for yourself how
Yahweh put you in my power in the cave and how, refusing to kill you,
I spared you saying, "I will not raise my hand against my lord, since
he is Yahweh's anointed." Look, father, look at the border of your
cloak in my hand. Since, although I cut the border off your cloak, I
did not kill you, surely you realise that I intend neither mischief
nor crime. I have not wronged you, and yet you hunt me down to take my
life. May Yahweh be judge between me and you, and may Yahweh avenge me
on you; but I shall never lay a hand on you! (As the old proverb says:
Wickedness comes out of wicked people, but I shall never lay a hand on
you!) On whose trail is the king of Israel campaigning? Whom are you
pursuing? On the trail of a dead dog, of a flea! May Yahweh be the
judge and decide between me and you; may he examine and defend my
cause and give judgement for me by rescuing me from your clutches!'
When David had finished saying this to Saul, Saul said, 'Is that your
voice, my son David?' And Saul began to weep aloud. 'You are upright
and I am not,' he said to David, 'since you have behaved well to me,
whereas I have behaved badly to you. And today you have shown how well
you have behaved to me, since Yahweh had put me in your power but you
did not kill me. When a man comes on his enemy, does he let him go
unmolested? May Yahweh reward you for the good you have done me today!
Now I know that you will indeed reign and that the sovereignty in
Israel will pass into your hands.

MARK 3:13-19
He now went up onto the mountain and summoned those he wanted. So they
came to him and he appointed twelve; they were to be his companions
and to be sent out to proclaim the message, with power to drive out
devils. And so he appointed the Twelve, Simon to whom he gave the name
Peter, James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom
he gave the name Boanerges or 'Sons of Thunder'; Andrew, Philip,
Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus,
Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, the man who was to betray him.

If I were to choose a place where I would want to get energized, it
would be the mountain. I am more of a mountain climber than a beach
comber. The sound of the waves makes my heart pound a little bit more
while the mountain creates a sense of peace and quiet in my soul. It
is then very assuring for me to see Jesus going up to the mountain as
he was about to do something important. The twelve apostles were
named; each one of them. From being his disciples to being named
apostles, the twelve were given the mission to be with Jesus, to
preach and drive out demons.

Perhaps at that point the apostles were confused; perhaps even fearful
because they could only understand very little of what Jesus was
doing. What does it mean to be sent on a mission? In the here and now,
we know what to preach — the good news — that we are loved and
forgiven by the Father. In the present context, we are to discover
these demons we are to drive away. Like the apostles, we dare to be
with Jesus and we trust everything shall fall into place.

Would we have the courage to follow Jesus up the mountain? How would
we feel if we were with him and he sends us on a mission?

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.
- Julian Santiago, Sr.
… for the personal intentions of:
- Mariano Montemayor
- Angelo Sulangi
- Jackie T.
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- 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: Toti P. Ventura
- Birthday: Lorna Casala
- Birthday: Soledad Fresnoza
- Birthday: Anna N. Morabe
- Wedding Anniversary: Richard & Ria Cabanela
- In Memoriam (+) Efren Perez
… 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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