Wednesday, February 09, 2011
THURSDAY 5TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
MEMORIAL, ST. SCHOLASTICA, VIRGIN
THURSDAY 5TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Gn 2:18-25 / Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 / Mk 7:24-30
Yahweh God said, "It is not good for Man to be alone; I will give him
a helper who will be like him." Then Yahweh God formed from the earth
all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air and brought
them to Man to see what he would call them; and whatever Man called
every living creature, that was its name. So Man gave names to all the
cattle, the birds of the air and to every beast of the field. But he
did not find among them a helper like himself. Then Yahweh God caused
a deep sleep to come over Man and he fell asleep. He took one of his
ribs and filled its place with flesh. The rib which Yahweh God had
taken from Man he formed into a woman and brought her to the man. The
man then said, "Now this is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. She
shall be called woman because she was taken from man." That is why man
leaves his father and mother and is attached to his wife, and with her
becomes one flesh. Both the man and his wife were naked and were not
Jesus went to the border of the Tyrian country. There he entered a
house and did not want anyone to know he was there, but he could not
remain hidden. A woman, whose small daughter had an evil spirit, heard
of him and came and fell at his feet. Now this woman was a pagan, a
Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of
her daughter. Jesus told her, "Let the children be fed first, for i t
is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
But she replied, "Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the crumbs
from the children's bread." Then Jesus said to her, "You may go your
way; because of such a reply the demon has gone out of your daughter."
And when the woman went home, she found her child lying in bed and the
Jesus journeyed from place to place to help people and give them life,
life of faith. In today's Gospel reading, we see the Syro-Phoenician
woman, a pagan, boldly approaching Jesus — a Jew — to beg him to drive
out the unclean spirit from her daughter. Being a mother with
unconditional love for her child, the woman did what was not
ordinarily done – approach a Jew, when Jews were known to be
unsympathetic to gentiles. But Jesus did not refuse a gentile with
such great faith sincerely asking him for help even at the time when
he wanted to rest.
Are we not made of the same stuff as this Syro-Phoenician woman? We
all seek life, we seek healing of our physical infirmities. When we
hear of healing masses of known healing priests, we master all our
being to be able to go and be prayed over. But isn't it that only when
we experience difficulties, physical, emotional, financial, do we
remember to approach the Lord? Do we live our faith only in difficult
times? Doesn't this action challenge our faith?
We all have been saved by Christ's passion, death and resurrection.
Shouldn't we thank him for what he did for us every minute of our
life? Psalm 5:11 says, "Let all those that put their trust in the Lord
rejoice: let them ever shout for joy."
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Josefina Hong, Kyla C. Arabia, Sarah M. Fuentes, Janine Dy, Mark
Anthony, Lao, Esther V. Dizon, Lolit Arthur Alvin Roman, Ernesto Vela
- Nel de Leon
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Mary Balilla
… for the personal intentions of
- Veronica Yap
- Cherie Torres
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Gabriel dela Cruz. Eternal
rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and
all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Edna Ramos
- Birthday: Mark Richmond Yu
- Birthday: Catrina Ever L. Ngo
- Birthday: Abie de Jesus
… 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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