Wednesday, January 19, 2011



JANUARY 20, 2011

Readings: Heb 7:25—8:6 / Ps 40:7-8, 8-9, 10, 17 / Mk 3:7-12

HEBREWS 7:25—8:6
Consequently he is able to save for all time those who approach God
through him. He always lives to intercede on their behalf. It was
fitting that our High Priest be holy, undefiled, set apart from
sinners and exalted above the heavens; a priest who does not first
need to offer sacrifice for himself before offering for the sins of
the people, as high priests do. He offered himself in sacrifice once
and for all. And whereas the Law elected weak men as high priests,
now, after the Law, the word of God with an oath appointed the Son,
made perfect forever. The main point of what we are saying is that we
have a high priest. He is seated at the right hand of the divine
majesty in heaven, where he serves as minister of the true temple and
sanctuary, set up not by any mortal but by the Lord. A high priest is
appointed to offer to God gifts and sacrifices, and Jesus also has to
offer some sacrifice. Had he remained on earth, he would not be a
priest, since others offer the gifts according to the Law. In fact,
the ritual celebrated by those priests is only an imitation and shadow
of the heavenly sanctuary. We know the word of God to Moses with
regard to the construction of the holy tent. He said: You are to make
everything according to the pattern shown to you on the mountain. Now,
however, Jesus enjoys a much higher ministry in being the mediator of
a better covenant, founded on better promises.

MARK 3:7-12
Jesus and his disciples withdrew to the lakeside and a large crowd
from Galilee followed him. A great number of people also came from
Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, Transjordan and from the region of Tyre and
Sidon, for they had heard of all that he was doing. Because of the
crowd, Jesus told his disciples to have a boat ready for him, to
prevent the people from crushing him. He healed so many that all who
had diseases kept pressing towards him to touch him. Even the people
who had evil spirits, whenever they saw him, would fall down before
him and cry out, "You are the Son of God." But he warned them sternly
not to tell anyone who he was.

This Gospel passage tells of the enthusiastic reception accorded to
Jesus the healer. People were coming to Jesus from all direction from
Galilee and from Judea to seek his help. Due to the great number of
people rushing to be near him, he was forced to move farther to avoid
being crushed but still continue his healing. Because of his deed,
Jesus was recognized by the unclean spirits saying, "You are the son
of God." But Jesus knew it was not yet time to reveal himself, so he
forbade them to make known his identity to avoid misinterpretation of
his message.

What motivates us to do good? Do we seek praise and admiration, or
never-ending utang na loob? Are we too busy to be available to help
the needy or to show compassion to the marginalized? We pray that our
busy-ness to make a decent living for ourselves and for our families
will not be an obstacle to do good to others so that they may also
live decently.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Tito Torres
- Marge, Gene L, John C, Cindy R, Marge G, Frank M, Maria & Pam
- David and Amy Trice
- Chona Borja
- Vicky Fabella
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of Josheil Dapo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Dy Beng
- Rita M
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: Hilton & Rosana Chua Fong
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilfred & Sally Lim
- Wedding Anniversary: Agustin & Melanie Dizon
- Birthday: Mary Rose Anne Almazan
- Birthday: Ruby Almazan
- Birthday: Angela M. Elizea
- In Memoriam (+): Theresa Mak Ngo (Mar 16, 1911-Jan 20, 1996)+
- In Memoriam (+): Lino Habacon
- In Memoriam (+): Remedios A. Jose
- In Memoriam (+): Lourdes Borja Reyes
… 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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