Tuesday, January 04, 2011
MEMORIAL, ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON
MEMORIAL, ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON
TUESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY – YEAR I
Readings: 1 Jn 4:7-10 / Ps 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8 / Mk 6:34-44
1 JOHN 4:7-10
My dear friends, let us love one another for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Those who do not love
have not known God, for God is love. How did the love of God appear
among us? God sent his only Son into this world that we might have
life through him. This is love: not that we loved God but that he
first loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
As Jesus went ashore he saw a large crowd, and he had compassion on
them for they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began a long
teaching session with them. It was now getting late, so his disciples
came to him and said, "This is a lonely place and it is now late. You
should send the people away and let them go to the farms and villages
around here to buy themselves something to eat. Jesus replied, "You
yourselves give them something to eat." They answered, "If we are to
give them food, we must go and buy two hundred silver coins' worth of
bread." But Jesus said, "You have some loaves: how many? Go and see."
The disciples found out and said, "There are five loaves and two
fish." Then he told them to have the people sit down together in
groups on the green grass. This they did in groups of hundreds and
fifties. And Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish and, raising
his eyes to heaven, he pronounced a blessing, broke the loaves and
handed them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also
divided the two fish among them. They all ate and everyone had enough.
The disciples gathered up what was left and filled twelve baskets with
broken pieces of bread and fish. Five thousand men had eaten there.
Jesus and his disciples at that time were exhausted from travel and
needed to rest. But the crowd would not let go of them. Even trying to
escape by boat was useless. The crowd cleverly ran along the shore and
was already waiting with faith and hope as Jesus alighted from the
boat. Jesus, the sympathetic man that he was, pitied them because they
were like "sheep without a shepherd." So he sat down to preach.
By late afternoon the disciples, worried that there was nothing to eat
in that desolate place, came to Jesus. Jesus chided them, "You feed
them," forcing them to look around for what food could be found from
the crowd. They found five loaves and two fish which Jesus then
This is the miracle that touches on one of the most basic of human
pathos – hunger! Children specially are stunted for life, even die,
for lack of nutrition. Can we help, you and I? Jesus turns to us and
as with his disciples, chides us, "You feed them." In whatever small
way, our help can add that important little bit that can save even one
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Vicky Fabella
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, John Lawrence
… for the personal intentions of Marge, Frank M, John C, Rita & Marge
…In Thanksgiving: Titong V.
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Stephanie Cheng Dungca.
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: Ryan B. Ramos
- Birthday: Rev. Fr. Yulito Ignacio
- Wedding Anniversary: James & Gloria Yu
- In Memoriam (+): Ong Ai Gui
- In Memoriam (+): Francisco "Soc" Rodrigo
… for world peace and reconciliation.
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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