Friday, January 29, 2010
SATURDAY 3RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
SATURDAY 3RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SECOND SAMUEL 12:1-7, 10-17
Yahweh sent the prophet Nathan to David. He came to him and said: In
the same town were two men, one rich, the other poor. The rich man had
flocks and herds in great abundance; the poor man had nothing but a
ewe lamb, only a single little one which he had bought. He fostered it
and it grew up with him and his children, eating his bread, drinking
from his cup, sleeping in his arms; it was like a daughter to him.
When a traveller came to stay, the rich man would not take anything
from his own flock or herd to provide for the wayfarer who had come to
him. Instead, he stole the poor man's lamb and prepared that for his
guest. David flew into a great rage with the man. 'As Yahweh lives,'
he said to Nathan 'the man who did this deserves to die. For doing
such a thing and for having shown no pity, he shall make fourfold
restitution for the lamb.' Nathan then said to David, 'You are the
man! Yahweh, God of Israel, says this, "I anointed you king of Israel,
I saved you from Saul's clutches, For this, your household will never
be free of the sword, since you showed contempt for me and took the
wife of Uriah the Hittite, to make her your wife." 'Yahweh says this,
"Out of your own household I shall raise misfortune for you. Before
your very eyes I shall take your wives and give them to your
neighbour, who will lie with your wives in broad daylight. You have
worked in secret, but I shall work this for all Israel to see, in
broad daylight." ' David said to Nathan, 'I have sinned against
Yahweh.' Nathan then said to David, 'Yahweh, for his part, forgives
your sin; you are not to die. But, since you have outraged Yahweh by
doing this, the child born to you will die.' And Nathan went home.
Yahweh struck the child which Uriah's wife had borne to David and it
fell gravely ill. David pleaded with Yahweh for the child; he kept a
strict fast and went home and spent the night lying on the ground,
covered with sacking. The officials of his household stood round him,
intending to get him off the ground, but he refused, nor would he take
food with them.
With the coming of evening that same day, he said to them, 'Let us
cross over to the other side.' And leaving the crowd behind they took
him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him.
Then it began to blow a great gale and the waves were breaking into
the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his
head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, 'Master,
do you not care? We are lost!' And he woke up and rebuked the wind and
said to the sea, 'Quiet now! Be calm!' And the wind dropped, and there
followed a great calm. Then he said to them, 'Why are you so
frightened? Have you still no faith?' They were overcome with awe and
said to one another, 'Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey
In this Gospel, one realizes how difficult it is to be a disciple. It
was just an ordinary trip after a long, intense day. Jesus and his
friends leave the crowds and turn to the water. The lake is placid.
The disciples look forward to quietness and peace, maybe even a
sunset. They are with the Lord. Life is good at this point.
Everything changes in a flash. The boat is swamped by a great gale.
For the disciples, the irony is that though Jesus is with them, he is
fast asleep. What do you do when God is sleeping in your boat?
"Why are you so frightened?" a puzzled Jesus asks. "Have you no
faith?" He was right there, no further than an arm's length, more
powerful than the wind and the waves.
Lord, we doubt, we stumble. It is our nature. Teach us a bedrock
trust, an unquestioning faith. We will do everything we can. But You
are greater than our minds can conceive. In the end, faith is your
gift. Open our eyes to see Your true nature. Help us to believe.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Don V
- Julie B. Manzon
- Davis Danao
- Renan Lacida
… for the personal intentions of:
- Med Villanueva
- Josheil Dapo
- Mariano M.
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ricardo Villanueva
- Tan Siukim
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: Leticia V. Palines
- Wedding Anniversary: Oscar & Ditas Sevilla
- In Memoriam (+): Felix Peronilla Sr.
… 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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