Friday, January 21, 2011



JANUARY 22, 2011

Readings: Heb 9:2-3, 11-14 / Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 / Mk 3:20-21

HEBREWS 9:2-3, 11-14
A first tent was prepared with the lampstand, the table and the bread
of the presence, this is called the Holy Place. Behind the second
curtain, there is a second sanctuary called the Most Holy Place. But
now Christ has appeared as the high priest with regard to the good
things of these new times. He passed through a sanctuary more noble
and perfect, not made by hands, that is, not created. He did not take
with himself the blood of goats and bulls but his own blood, when he
entered once and for all into this sanctuary after obtaining
definitive redemption. If the sprinkling of people defiled by sin with
the blood of goats and bulls or with the ashes of a heifer provides
them with exterior cleanness and holiness, how much more will it be
with the blood of Christ? He, moved by the eternal Spirit, offered
himself as an unble¬mished victim to God and his blood cleanses us
from dead works, so that we may serve the living God.

MARK 3:20-21
Jesus and his disciples went home. The crowd began to gather again and
they couldn't even have a meal. Knowing what was happening his
relatives came to take charge of him: "He is out of his mind," they

Jesus went home to preach the good news. Instead of believing in him
and encouraging him, Jesus' relatives set out to take charge of him,
convinced that he is out of his mind.

In as far as people who knew Jesus from way back, he was not doing
what was expected. In all likelihood, they had Jesus' well-being in
mind. They probably had nothing but good intentions.

As we bring today's reading into our personal experience, can we think
of someone in our lives we do not quite understand? Do we know of
anybody, either in our families or within our circle of friends, who
is doing something quite unexpected? Do we find ourselves thinking,
"If only this person would do this or stop doing that." If only.

How must the situation be like if we stepped into that person's shoes
and looked at the situation from their point of view? How might God be
speaking to me through this person? Could God be playing a part in the
different path that this person has taken? When we consider such a
question, we might see things differently and change our stance. But
then again, we can still disagree but respect his decisions and

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- David and Amy Trice
- Chona Borja
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Wendy
- Vicky Fabella
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Titong
- Jennifer Ann
- Josheil Dapo
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Thomas Sy. 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: Toti P. Ventura
- Birthday: Henry Sia Go
- Birthday: Lorna M. Casala
- Wedding Anniversary: Lawrence & Cricket Lesaca
- Wedding Anniversary: Richo & Ria Cabanela
- In Memoriam (+): Efren Perez
… 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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