Friday, February 12, 2010
SATURDAY 5TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SATURDAY 5TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
1 KINGS 12:26-32; 13:33-34
Jeroboam thought to himself, 'As things are, the kingdom will revert
to the House of David. If this people continues to go up to the Temple
of Yahweh in Jerusalem to offer sacrifices, the people's heart will
turn back again to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah, and they will
put me to death.' So the king thought this over and then made two
golden calves; he said to the people, 'You have been going up to
Jerusalem long enough. Here is your God, Israel, who brought you out
of Egypt!' He set one up at Bethel, and the people went in procession
in front of the other one all the way to Dan. In Israel this gave rise
to sin, for the people went to Bethel to worship the one, and all the
way to Dan to worship the other. He set up shrines on the high places
and appointed priests from ordinary families, who were not of
levitical descent. Jeroboam also instituted a feast in the eighth
month, on the fifteenth of the month, like the feast kept in Judah,
when he offered sacrifices on the altar. This he did at Bethel,
offering sacrifices to the calves which he had made and, at Bethel,
installing the priests of the high places which he had set up.
Jeroboam did not give up his wicked ways after this incident, but went
on appointing priests for the high places from the common people. He
consecrated as priests of the high places any who wished to be. Such
conduct made the House of Jeroboam a sinful House, and caused its ruin
and extinction from the face of the earth.
And now once again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to
eat. So he called his disciples to him and said to them, 'I feel sorry
for all these people; they have been with me for three days now and
have nothing to eat. If I send them off home hungry they will collapse
on the way; some have come a great distance.' His disciples replied,
'Where could anyone get these people enough bread to eat in a deserted
place?' He asked them, 'How many loaves have you?' And they said to
him, 'Seven.' Then he instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground,
and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them
and began handing them to his disciples to distribute; and they
distributed them among the crowd. They had a few small fishes as well,
and over these he said a blessing and ordered them to be distributed
too. They ate as much as they wanted, and they collected seven
basketfuls of the scraps left over. Now there had been about four
thousand people. He sent them away and at once, getting into the boat
with his disciples, went to the region of Dalmanutha.
The most dramatic miracles performed by Jesus are those where he
raises the dead to life. And perhaps the most awesome of all is the
miracle of Lazarus. Arriving at the site when Lazarus was four days in
his tomb, Jesus calls "Lazarus come out." Lazarus emerges from the
darkness into the light, tottering with all his grave clothes wound
about him. And Jesus orders the mourners, "Unwrap him and let him go!"
The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves on the other hand
touches on the supreme humanity of Christ. Jesus, who could fast for
as long as 40 days and not mind hunger, has compassion for those
without food for three days. There was nowhere in the desert to find
food and the shades of night where the beginning to fall.
Against the scoffing of his disciples, He raises His eyes to His
Father and makes a miracle happen. This time, the miracle is to
sustain life, feeding 4,000 people with seven loaves of bread and a
few small fish.
If Jesus can raise the dead to life, can multiply bread and fish to
feed 4,000, can heal countless afflictions, what else can touch us to
believe in him? What can convince us that praying to him will bring
small and big miracles into our lives?
Listen to what the Lord promises: "Whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it. And it will be yours."
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Davis Danao
- Abraham A.
- Pureza Flor Gaerlan
- Jerry Solis
- Filmore T.
- Alberto Atrero
- Renan Lacida
… for the personal intentions of
- Mariano Montemayor
… for the eternal repose of the soul of
- 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 Jasper Tiu
- In Memoriam (+) Tong Ai Lei
- In Memoriam (+) Teodora B. Leena
… 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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