Friday, February 04, 2011
SATURDAY 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
MEMORIAL, ST. AGATHA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR
SATURDAY 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Heb 13:15-17, 20-21 / Ps 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6 / Mk 6:30-34
HEBREWS 13:15-17, 20-21
Let us, then, continually offer through Jesus a sacrifice of praise to
God, that is the fruit of lips celebrating his name. Do not neglect
good works and common life, for these are sacrifices pleasing to God.
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are concerned for your
souls and are accountable for them. Let this be a joy for them rather
than a burden, which would be of no advantage for you. May God give
you peace, he who brought back from among the dead Jesus our Lord, the
Great Shepherd of the sheep, whose blood seals the eternal covenant.
He will train you in every good work, that you may do his will, for it
is he who works in us what pleases him, through Jesus Christ, to whom
all glory be for ever and ever. Amen!
The apostles returned and reported to Jesus all they had done and
taught. Then he said to them, "Go off by yourselves to a remote place
and have some rest." For there were so many people coming and going
that the apostles had no time even to eat. And they went away in the
boat to a secluded area by themselves. But people saw them leaving and
many could guess where they were going. So, from all the towns they
hurried there on foot, arriving ahead of them. 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
The word `apostle' means `send forth to.' (Mark 6:30) The apostles
were chosen and prepared by Jesus to carry out his mission of bringing
the message of God's love to the people through word and action.
Giving them authority to do his work in his name, Jesus, the Great
Shepherd, appointed his apostles as shepherds to his people. In his
name and authority, the apostles accomplished many miracles, and they
Similarly, Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity (Love).
She knew the importance of resting with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
by herself daily before star ting on her mission of love in Jesus'
Are we `apostles' of Jesus? Are we called to be shepherds to the lost
and wounded sheep in our community? Are we listening to the voice of
Jesus, our Good Shepherd?
St. Paul the Apostle wrote, "I pray that the God of peace, who brought
our Lord Jesus back from the dead to become the great Shepherd of the
sheep by the blood that sealed an eternal covenant, may make you ready
to do His will in any kind of good action; and turn us all into
whatever is acceptable to Himself through Jesus Christ, to whom be
glory forever and ever, Amen." (Hebrews 13:20- 21, Jerusalem Bible)
Did we ask Jesus what he wants us to do for God's glory? Did we ask
Jesus how we could bring his message of love to his people? Do we hear
Jesus inviting us to do `good works' through him to `please God'?
`Come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a
while' (Mark 6:31) with Jesus in silent adoration daily. Let Jesus
`the great Shepherd' (Hebrews 13:20) of our souls make us `ready to do
his will in any kind of good action'. (Hebrews 13:21).
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of Marge, Frank, Gene, Maria,
… for the personal intentions of Cherie Torres
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Mercy Colangi
- Ricardo A. Garcia
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: Ma. Lourdes Salvador Sy
- Prayer Intention: Albino & Emile Chua & Family
- In Memoriam (+): Jose Concepcion Sr.
- In Memoriam (+): Alex P. Buñag
… 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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