Tuesday, February 09, 2010
WEDNESDAY 5TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, ST. SCHOLASTICA
WEDNESDAY 5TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
1 KINGS 10:1-10
The queen of Sheba heard of Solomon's fame and came to test him with
difficult questions. She arrived in Jerusalem with a very large
retinue, with camels laden with spices and an immense quantity of gold
and precious stones. Having reached Solomon, she discussed with him
everything that she had in mind, and Solomon had an answer for all her
questions; not one of them was too obscure for the king to answer for
her. When the queen of Sheba saw how very wise Solomon was, the palace
which he had built, the food at his table, the accommodation for his
officials, the organisation of his staff and the way they were
dressed, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings which he presented in
the Temple of Yahweh, it left her breathless, and she said to the
king, 'The report I heard in my own country about your wisdom in
handling your affairs was true then! Until I came and saw for myself,
I did not believe the reports, but clearly I was told less than half:
for wisdom and prosperity, you surpass what was reported to me. How
fortunate your wives are! How fortunate these courtiers of yours,
continually in attendance on you and listening to your wisdom! Blessed
be Yahweh your God who has shown you his favour by setting you on the
throne of Israel! Because of Yahweh's everlasting love for Israel, he
has made you king to administer law and justice.' And she presented
the king with a hundred and twenty talents of gold and great
quantities of spices and precious stones; no such wealth of spices
ever came again as those which the queen of Sheba gave to King
He called the people to him again and said, 'Listen to me, all of you,
and understand. Nothing that goes into someone from outside can make
that person unclean; it is the things that come out of someone that
make that person unclean. Anyone who has ears for listening should
listen!' When he had gone into the house, away from the crowd, his
disciples questioned him about the parable. He said to them, 'Even you
-- don't you understand? Can't you see that nothing that goes into
someone from outside can make that person unclean, because it goes not
into the heart but into the stomach and passes into the sewer? And he
went on, 'It is what comes out of someone that makes that person
unclean. For it is from within, from the heart, that evil intentions
emerge: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, malice, deceit,
indecency, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come
from within and make a person unclean.'
In our society today, what we eat and how much we consume has become a
major obsession in almost everybody's life. We spend a big chunk of
our time thinking about the when's and what's of food that goes in our
body. And for some, they worry about food that will "defile" their
body to the ex tent that it borders on obsession. Seldom, do we spend
the same amount of time thinking about "the things which come out of a
man"— out of us?
Today, let us spend some time to reflect on ourselves. To reflect on
what is inside of us. Are there things in our life that is bothering
us? Where are we in our life now? Are we happy with who-we-are? Are we
grateful of God's many blessings in our lives? Or do we feel lost and
unhappy? Do we exercise control over the negative tendencies inside
us? Or do we just pass them of as harmless incidents and healthy
ambitions? Do we try to live our life for Jesus? Or are we ashamed of
him? Do we worry about what Jesus will say or are we more afraid of
what others will say about our belief in him?
As Christians, we are mandated by Jesus to let our "Christ" light
shine for all to see. Let us pray for his guidance and also for the
will to stay on the righteous course.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Renan Lacida
- John Benedict "JB"
- Walter Stamatelaky
- Josefina T. Lichauco
- Filmore T.
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jo Marcelo
- Davis Danao
… for the personal intentions of Mariano Montemayor
- Cathy Lim
- Richard Cuan
… for the eternal repose of the soul of
- Lolita Sycip
- Abe Gopoco
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Edna Ramos
- Birthday: Abie de Jesus
- Birthday: Mark Richmond Yu
- Birthday: Catrina Ever L. Ngo
- … 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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