Thursday, February 11, 2010



FEBRUARY 12, 2010

1 KINGS 11:29-32; 12:19
One day when Jeroboam had gone out of Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah of
Shiloh accosted him on the road. Ahijah was wearing a new cloak; the
two of them were in the open country by themselves. Ahijah took the
new cloak which he was wearing and tore it into twelve strips, saying
to Jeroboam: 'Take ten strips for yourself, for Yahweh, God of Israel,
says this, "I am going to tear the kingdom from Solomon's hand and
give ten tribes to you. He will keep one tribe for the sake of my
servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city which I have
chosen out of all the tribes of Israel; And Israel has remained in
rebellion against the House of David from that day to this.

MARK 7:31-37
Returning from the territory of Tyre, he went by way of Sidon towards
the Lake of Galilee, right through the Decapolis territory. And they
brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they
asked him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside to be by
themselves, away from the crowd, put his fingers into the man's ears
and touched his tongue with spittle. Then looking up to heaven he
sighed; and he said to him, 'Ephphatha,' that is, 'Be opened.' And his
ears were opened, and at once the impediment of his tongue was
loosened and he spoke clearly. And Jesus ordered them to tell no one
about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they proclaimed
it. Their admiration was unbounded, and they said, 'Everything he does
is good, he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.'

This story is full of lessons that can be learned. How we wish we have
friends who will bring us closer to Christ; how we wish we had the
faith in Jesus as that of the crowd who begged Jesus to cure the deaf;
how we wish we could have been there to witness this event; and so
many others.

A message we can learn from this event which is so relevant in this
age of media and publicity is that when Jesus performed this cure, He
went away from the crowd. He wanted to be alone with the man. And he
prayed for heaven to be with him. He did not need public adulation. In
fact he ordered them not to speak about it.

How often is it that when we do something good and important we want
the public to see and know. We want to impress the crowd. We want
people to admire us. We want to claim credit for "great" deeds. We
want to tell the world, "look at me I am great!"

Let us pray for purity of intentions, humility, and strength. Let us
pray that we do good works and beautiful deeds out of love and
compassion and not because we will be seen and recognized as generous
and powerful. And let us pray recognizing that with God's help nothing
is impossible.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Brenda
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jessy
- Jo Marcelo
- Gemma
- Davis Danao
- Abraham A.
- Pureza Flor Gaerlan
- Jerry Solis
- Filmore T.
… for the personal intentions of Mariano Montemayor
… for the eternal repose of the soul of
- Lolita Sycip
- Abe Gopoco
- Cecille Ann Quintos
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: Diane Stephanie Ching
- Birthday: Virginia Nañagas
- In Memoriam (+): Marcos Cu (1938-2000)+
… 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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