Monday, January 25, 2010
TUESDAY 3RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, STS. TIMOTHY AND TITUS, BISHOPS
TUESDAY 3RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
2 TIMOTHY 1:1-8
From Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God in
accordance with his promise of life in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, dear
son of mine. Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from
Christ Jesus our Lord. Night and day I thank God whom I serve with a
pure conscience as my ancestors did. I remember you in my prayers
constantly night and day; I remember your tears and long to see you
again to complete my joy. I also remember your sincere faith, a faith
which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice,
and I am sure dwells also in you. That is why I am reminding you now
to fan into a flame the gift of God that you possess through the
laying on of my hands. God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but
the Spirit of power and love and self-control. So you are never to be
ashamed of witnessing to our Lord, or ashamed of me for being his
prisoner; but share in my hardships for the sake of the gospel,
relying on the power of God
Now his mother and his brothers arrived and, standing outside, sent in
a message asking for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time
the message was passed to him, 'Look, your mother and brothers and
sisters are outside asking for you.' He replied, 'Who are my mother
and my brothers?' And looking at those sitting in a circle round him,
he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will
of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.'
In today's gospel, we find Jesus surrounded by a crowd of people in a
very concrete and compromising scene. Jesus' closer relatives had
arrived from Nazareth and Capernaum. But, seeing so many people
around, they chose to wait outside and send for him instead. The crowd
tells Jesus: "Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for
you." He replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" Jesus' answer
is by no means a rejection of his mother and relatives. Jesus has only
recently just moved away from them to follow the divine call. It also
means that, intimately, he has given them up too because he completely
belongs to God the Father. Jesus actually lived what he expects from
his disciples; he has chosen a spiritual family instead of an earthly
In other places of his Gospel, Mark mentions Jesus glancing around
too. Is Jesus trying to tell us that his only relatives are those who
listen to him attentively? Of course not. His relatives are those who
not only listen to him but those who listen to him and abide by God's
will. Jesus is saying, in other words, that only those who do his
will, who put his words into their hearts and actions, are going to
interpret him and know him, correctly.
If we want to understand and know in our hearts that Jesus is the Son
of God, we must follow him zealously and reap the harvest of doing so.
We will never arrive at this if we remain halfhearted Christians. We
must put Jesus' words into action. Jesus is exhorting us to enter our
hearts in spiritual communion with him by abiding with the Divine
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Davis Danao
- Julian Santiago, Sr.
- Abraham A.
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
… for the personal intentions of:
- Josheil Dapo
- Mariano M.
- Veronica Yap
… In Memoriam: Dolores A. Unson
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Edmund D. Tagle
- Nestor "Boy" Laruda
- 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.
- Wedding Anniversary: Kathleen & Cesar Villalon Jr.
… 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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