Tuesday, February 23, 2010
WEDNESDAY 1ST WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
WEDNESDAY 1ST WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
The word of Yahweh was addressed to Jonah a second time. 'Up!' he
said, 'Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to it as I shall tell
you.' Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of
Yahweh. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare; to cross it took
three days. Jonah began by going a day's journey into the city and
then proclaimed, 'Only forty days more and Nineveh will be
overthrown.' And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they
proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the
least. When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his
throne, took off his robe, put on sackcloth and sat down in ashes. He
then had it proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and
his nobles, as follows: 'No person or animal, herd or flock, may eat
anything; they may not graze, they may not drink any water. All must
put on sackcloth and call on God with all their might; and let
everyone renounce his evil ways and violent behaviour. Who knows?
Perhaps God will change his mind and relent and renounce his burning
wrath, so that we shall not perish.' God saw their efforts to renounce
their evil ways. And God relented about the disaster which he had
threatened to bring on them, and did not bring it.
The crowds got even bigger and he addressed them, 'This is an evil
generation; it is asking for a sign. The only sign it will be given is
the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of
Nineveh, so will the Son of man be a sign to this generation. On
Judgement Day the Queen of the South will stand up against the people
of this generation and be their condemnation, because she came from
the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, look, there
is something greater than Solomon here. On Judgement Day the men of
Nineveh will appear against this generation and be its condemnation,
because when Jonah preached they repented; and, look, there is
something greater than Jonah here.
Why is it that we ask for a "sign" before we believe in God's love?
Isn't it enough of a sign that Jesus came and died on the cross for
In today's reading, the sign of Jonah made the Ninevites repent. Yet,
our generation, to whom God sent his Son, someone greater than Jonah
or Solomon, refused to believe and repent. Jesus Christ is the sign
for the present generation.
During this time of Lent, let us spend more time in prayer to
strengthen our faith. The miracles we are waiting for are happening
right now, every day in our lives; we are just too blinded to see
them. Jesus showed us the way, all we need to do is follow him.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Abraham A.
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jo Marcelo
- Rita Cuerva
- Ely Lara
- Maripaz Ordonez Ortiz
- Lydia Pe
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Lourdes Vergara-Ortiz
- Joaquin "Jacky" Cordova, Jr.
- Deogracias Tigno Jr., Deogracias Tigno III, Rolando Alano, Clara
Tigno, Clardeonne Tigno, Leonora Sosa, Arcadia Sosa
- April Yrigan, Marife Fajardo
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: Maye Anthoniette Y. Co Say
- Birthday: Roberto Cristobal Nazal
- In Memoriam (+): Marie O'Gorman
… 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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