Monday, February 14, 2011



FEBRUARY 15, 2011

Gn 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10 / Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 8, 9-10 / Mk 8:14-21

GENESIS 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10
Yahweh saw how great was the wickedness of man on the earth and that
evil was always the only thought of his heart. Yahweh regretted having
created man on the earth and his heart grieved. He said, "I will
destroy man whom I created and blot him out from the face of the
earth, as well as the beasts, creeping creatures and birds, for I am
sorry I made them." But Noah was pleasing to God. Yahweh said to Noah,
"Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I see that you are
just in this generation. Of all the clean animals, you are to take
with you seven of each kind, male and female, and a pair of un¬clean
animals, a male and a female. In the same way for the birds of the
air, take seven and seven, male and female, to keep their kind alive
over all the earth, for in seven days I will send rain on the earth
for forty days and forty nights. I will blot out from the face of the
earth all the living creatures I have created." Noah did all as Yahweh
had commanded. And after seven days the waters of the flood were over
the earth.

MARK 8:14-21
The disciples had forgotten to bring more bread and had only one loaf
with them in the boat. Then Jesus warned them, "Keep your eyes open
and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod." And
they said to one another, "He saw that we have no bread." Aware of
this, Jesus asked them, "Why are you talking about the loaves you are
short of? Do you not see or understand? Are your minds closed? Have
you eyes that don't see and ears that don't hear? And do you not
remember when I broke the five loaves among five thousand? How many
baskets full of leftovers did you collect?" They answered, "Twelve."
"And having seven loaves for the four thousand, how many wicker
baskets of leftovers did you collect?" They answered, "Seven." Then
Jesus said to them, "Do you still not understand?"

It is possible that when a group of people, even a family, meets to
discuss something, their individual thoughts run on parallel lines.
Each has his own agenda, own priority. There can be no meeting of

The same thing happened to Jesus and his disciples while they were on
a boat crossing the lake of Galilee. The minds of the disciples
centered on their worry for lack of bread aboard, while Jesus' was
pondering on the evil minds (yeast) of Herod and the Pharisees. So the
warning to them by Jesus to "beware of the yeast of Herod and the
Pharisees" fell flat in the consciousness of the disciples.

Realizing finally what the disciples were concerned about, Jesus
chided them why they didn't remember the feeding of 5,000 people with
5 loaves of bread and 2 fish as they were still worried about having
only one loaf of bread with them.

What long loving patience Jesus reserved for his loyal but still
shallow-minded disciples! Would Jesus have patience with us, too? How
many times have we tried his patience with our preoccupation with
self, completely out of tune with his divine precepts?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Bong Lacida
- David Tan
- Fernando, Roselyn
- Ma. Jovita Ong
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Julie and Glenn Manzon
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Kristine, Sheldon, Med Villanueva
- Estelita Barayoga Escamilla
- Fedralyn Luna and Domingo Barayoga Jr.
- Glenda Bisco
…In Thanksgiving:
- Manzon Family
- Barayoga Family
… Birthday: Ma. Jovita Ong
… In Memoriam: Domingo Barayoga Sr., Lourdes Barayoga, Charlie Castro
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Bernette Yao Ong
- Birthday: Augie Garcia
- In Memoriam (+): Benedict Syling
… 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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