Thursday, March 18, 2010
SOLEMNITY, ST. JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF MARY
SOLEMNITY, ST. JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF MARY
FRIDAY 4TH WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
2 SAMUEL 7:4-5, 12-14, 16
But that very night, the word of Yahweh came to Nathan: 'Go and tell
my servant David, "Yahweh says this: Are you to build me a temple for
me to live in? And when your days are over and you fall asleep with
your ancestors, I shall appoint your heir, your own son to succeed you
(and I shall make his sovereignty secure. He will build a temple for
my name) and I shall make his royal throne secure for ever. I shall be
a father to him and he a son to me; if he does wrong, I shall punish
him with a rod such as men use, with blows such as mankind gives. Your
dynasty and your sovereignty will ever stand firm before me and your
throne be for ever secure." '
ROMANS 4:13, 16-18, 22
For the promise to Abraham and his descendants that he should inherit
the world was not through the Law, but through the uprightness of
faith. That is why the promise is to faith, so that it comes as a free
gift and is secure for all the descendants, not only those who rely on
the Law but all those others who rely on the faith of Abraham, the
ancestor of us all (as scripture says: I have made you the father of
many nations). Abraham is our father in the eyes of God, in whom he
put his faith, and who brings the dead to life and calls into
existence what does not yet exist. Though there seemed no hope, he
hoped and believed that he was to become father of many nations in
fulfilment of the promise: Just so will your descendants be. This is
the faith that was reckoned to him as uprightness.
The parents of Jesus frantically searched for him for three days until
they found him in the Temple sitting with the teachers. The concern
and anxiety must have been quite strong in the voice of Mary when he
admonished Jesus, "Son, why have you treated us so?" The response of
Jesus was even more puzzling than his conduct when he replied, "Did
you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"
When this incident occurred, Jesus, at the age of 12, was already at
work on his mission of redemption. In spite of his consciousness of
this mission, Jesus went with Mary and Joseph to Nazareth and was
obedient to them. After this incident, there was no mention again of
Jesus in the bible until the start of his public ministry at the
wedding in Cana. There, Jesus again revealed his divine nature by
turning water into wine in response Mary's concern. Mary told him
then, "They have no wine." His initial response was just as puzzling,
"O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come."
However, in spite of this statement, Jesus dutifully fulfilled the
wish of his mother. Jesus loved his mother so much that he was ready
to change his schedule in order to honor her.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ely Lara
- Lydia Pe
- Rita Cuerva
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jo Marcelo
- Jao Jacinto
… for the personal intentions of
… Presbyterial Ordination: Bishop Jose C. Sorra, DD
- Anita Dy
- Josefina de la Cruz
- Alexander Sarmiento
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Leya Moya
- Birthday: Pearlie Chan
- Birthday: Graziano and Joji Negroni
- In Memoriam (+): Elena Ng Chang
- In Memoriam (+): Angel Limqueco+
… 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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