Friday, March 05, 2010
SATURDAY 2ND WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
SATURDAY 2ND WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
MICAH 7:14-15, 18-20
With shepherd's crook lead your people to pasture, the flock that is
your heritage, living confined in a forest with meadow land all round.
Let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old! As in the
days when you came out of Egypt, grant us to see wonders! What god can
compare with you for pardoning guilt and for overlooking crime? He
does not harbour anger for ever, since he delights in showing faithful
love. Once more have pity on us, tread down our faults; throw all our
sins to the bottom of the sea. Grant Jacob your faithfulness, and
Abraham your faithful love, as you swore to our ancestors from the
days of long ago.
LUKE 15:1-3, 11-32
The tax collectors and sinners, however, were all crowding round to
listen to him, and the Pharisees and scribes complained saying, 'This
man welcomes sinners and eats with them.' So he told them this
parable: Then he said, 'There was a man who had two sons. The younger
one said to his father, "Father, let me have the share of the estate
that will come to me." So the father divided the property between
them. A few days later, the younger son got together everything he had
and left for a distant country where he squandered his money on a life
of debauchery. 'When he had spent it all, that country experienced a
severe famine, and now he began to feel the pinch; so he hired himself
out to one of the local inhabitants who put him on his farm to feed
the pigs. And he would willingly have filled himself with the husks
the pigs were eating but no one would let him have them. Then he came
to his senses and said, "How many of my father's hired men have all
the food they want and more, and here am I dying of hunger! I will
leave this place and go to my father and say: Father, I have sinned
against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your
son; treat me as one of your hired men." So he left the place and went
back to his father. 'While he was still a long way off, his father saw
him and was moved with pity. He ran to the boy, clasped him in his
arms and kissed him. Then his son said, "Father, I have sinned against
heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son."
But the father said to his servants, "Quick! Bring out the best robe
and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
Bring the calf we have been fattening, and kill it; we will celebrate
by having a feast, because this son of mine was dead and has come back
to life; he was lost and is found." And they began to celebrate. 'Now
the elder son was out in the fields, and on his way back, as he drew
near the house, he could hear music and dancing. Calling one of the
servants he asked what it was all about. The servant told him, "Your
brother has come, and your father has killed the calf we had been
fattening because he has got him back safe and sound." He was angry
then and refused to go in, and his father came out and began to urge
him to come in; but he retorted to his father, "All these years I have
slaved for you and never once disobeyed any orders of yours, yet you
never offered me so much as a kid for me to celebrate with my friends.
But, for this son of yours, when he comes back after swallowing up
your property -- he and his loose women -- you kill the calf we had
been fattening." 'The father said, "My son, you are with me always and
all I have is yours. But it was only right we should celebrate and
rejoice, because your brother here was dead and has come to life; he
was lost and is found." '
If ever we feel distant from God, we should seek the company of
children. For it is in our dealings with them that we can see
ourselves clearly through God's eyes. As parents, elders or teachers,
we constantly warn them to be careful. Often, we see our advice
unheeded for the flimsiest reasons or out of plain stubbornness. We
end up more hurt than they are because their disobedience wounds our
hearts. And yet, despite this happening time and again, our love for
them still grows daily. We rush to them because we feel that they are
part of us. That is exactly why the father in the parable runs with
joy to his repentant son even when he is still a long way off. That is
how and why God loves us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jo Marcelo
- Renan Lacida
- Davis Danao
… for the personal intentions of
- Minette and Edu
- Mariano M.
- Josheil Dapo
.. Birthday: Charleton Yu
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Felix Saw
- Birthday: Ivan Tsoi
- Birthday: Roy P. Suyosa
- Birthday: Britney Heather Lim
- Wedding Anniversary: Enrique & Marivic del Prado
… 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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