Monday, February 15, 2010
TUESDAY 6TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
TUESDAY 6TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Blessed is anyone who perseveres when trials come. Such a person is of
proven worth and will win the prize of life, the crown that the Lord
has promised to those who love him. Never, when you are being put to
the test, say, 'God is tempting me'; God cannot be tempted by evil,
and he does not put anybody to the test . Everyone is put to the test
by being attracted and seduced by that person's own wrong desire. Then
the desire conceives and gives birth to sin, and when sin reaches full
growth, it gives birth to death. Make no mistake about this, my dear
brothers: all that is good, all that is perfect, is given us from
above; it comes down from the Father of all light; with him there is
no such thing as alteration, no shadow caused by change. By his own
choice he gave birth to us by the message of the truth so that we
should be a sort of first-fruits of all his creation.
The disciples had forgotten to take any bread and they had only one
loaf with them in the boat. Then he gave them this warning, 'Keep your
eyes open; look out for the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of
Herod.' And they said to one another, 'It is because we have no
bread.' And Jesus knew it, and he said to them, 'Why are you talking
about having no bread? Do you still not understand, still not realise?
Are your minds closed? Have you eyes and do not see, ears and do not
hear? Or do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the
five thousand, how many baskets full of scraps did you collect?' They
answered, 'Twelve.' 'And when I broke the seven loaves for the four
thousand, how many baskets full of scraps did you collect?' And they
answered, 'Seven.' Then he said to them, 'Do you still not realise?'
In today's gospel, Jesus almost loses patience with his apostles
because of their lack of faith in him. Concern about empty stomachs
makes them forget who it is who has called and cared for them until
now. What Jesus probably wants here is not a blind faith that will
work a miracle for them, but that they at least begin to glimpse the
spiritual nature of his mission, to which the miracles point.
In the language of the Pharisees, yeast was regarded as a source of
impurity, and symbolized man's evil tendencies. So when Jesus warns
his disciples against the yeast of the Pharisees, Jesus is being
critical of the bad attitudes that the Pharisees had towards him in
their refusal believe in him.
Jesus is in fact giving his disciples a serious warning here. They are
acting no differently from and are just as obstinate as his opponents.
In this case they are anxious about bread. What short memories they
have. They have already forgotten how he broke and shared five loaves
of bread among five thousand people and many pieces were left over.
They have not yet understood that the bread broken and shared was the
bread of life.
As we worship God today, let us pray for the grace to recognize the
greatness of the mission with which Jesus wants us to be associated
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Alberto Atrero
- Renan Lacida
- Walter Stamatelaky
- Don V.
- Francis Torres, Mon Torres, Jessy, Jo Marcelo
- Filmore T.
… for the personal intentions of
- Joel Dapo, Sheila Marie Y. Dapo, Josheil Dapo
- Abraham A.
… for the eternal repose of the soul of
- Eugene Yang
- Maria Olbes Velasco
- Josie Lichauco
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.
- Wedding Anniversary: Joey & Cita Roxas
- In Memoriam (+): Lim Siok Tuan Ang (Nov 6, 1927-Feb 16, 2005)+
- In Memoriam (+): Dr. Victor T. Nañagas
… 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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