Tuesday, February 02, 2010
ST. BLASÉ, BISHOP AND MARTYR
ST. BLASÉ, BISHOP AND MARTYR
WEDNESDAY 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
2 SAMUEL 24:2, 9-17
The king said to Joab and the senior army officers who were with him,
'Now, go through all the tribes of Israel from Dan to Beersheba, and
take a census of the people; I wish to know the size of the
population.' Joab gave the king the census results for the people;
Israel had eight hundred thousand fighting men who could wield a
sword, and Judah five hundred thousand. But afterwards David's heart
misgave him for having taken a census of the people. David then said
to Yahweh, 'I have committed a grave sin by doing this. But now,
Yahweh, I beg you to forgive your servant for this fault, for I have
acted very foolishly.' When, however, David got up next morning, the
following message had come from Yahweh to the prophet Gad, David's
seer, 'Go and say to David, "Yahweh says this: I offer you three
things; choose which one of them I am to inflict on you." ' So Gad
went to David and said, 'Which do you prefer: to have three years of
famine befall your country; to flee for three months before a pursuing
army; or to have three days of epidemic in your country? Now think,
and decide how I am to answer him who sends me.' David said to Gad, 'I
am very apprehensive . . . Better to fall into Yahweh's hands, since
his mercies are great, than to fall into the hands of men!' So David
chose the epidemic. It was the time of the wheat harvest. So Yahweh
unleashed an epidemic on Israel from that morning until the time
determined; plague ravaged the people and, of the people from Dan to
Beersheba, seventy thousand died. But when the angel stretched his
hand towards Jerusalem to destroy it, Yahweh felt sorry about the
calamity and said to the angel who was destroying the people, 'Enough
now! Hold your hand!' The angel of Yahweh was standing by the
threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite. When David saw the angel who
was ravaging the people, he said to Yahweh, 'I was the one who sinned.
I was the one who acted wrongly. But these, the flock, what have they
done? Let your hand lie heavy on me and on my family!'
Leaving that district, he went to his home town, and his disciples
accompanied him. With the coming of the Sabbath he began teaching in
the synagogue, and most of them were astonished when they heard him.
They said, 'Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that
has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him?
This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James
and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here with
us?' And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, 'A prophet
is despised only in his own country, among his own relations and in
his own house'; and he could work no miracle there, except that he
cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at
their lack of faith. He made a tour round the villages, teaching.
David was a shepherd boy chosen by God to be his servant. A servant
appointed as a king over his people. He was the anointed shepherd king
to lead God's people. David the king forgot his role due to pride. He
forgot that he is a servant of God. He forgot that he is a shepherd of
God. Even though he acknowledged his sin, he allowed the people to
suffer. Only when he saw the mercy of God, did he realize who he
really was – a shepherd appointed to protect the people rather than
sacrifice them for his sins.
How many of us are leaders? Do we realize we are appointed by God to
be shepherds? As leaders, how have we treated others? Did we sacrifice
others for our mistakes?
David failed to realize that he was chosen by God to lead his people.
In Nazareth, the people failed to realize that Jesus was chosen by God
to lead them. Jesus `could work no miracle there' because of their
`lack of faith'.
Today, God has chosen priests to be our spiritual shepherds. They are
anointed by God and appointed by the Church. Why do these priests not
work many miracles in our midst? Is it our lack of faith in God's
selection? Aren't our priests ministering to us in the person of
Jesus? Do we recognize Jesus in them or do we see what we want to see
– their past background?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Walter Stamatelaky
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jo Marcelo
- Ricky Ongkiko
… for the personal intentions of:
- Abraham A.
- Alberto Guaba
- Josheil Dapo
- June Vendetti
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Ronnie Salvador
- Birthday: Rodolfo Claudio
… 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.
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