Wednesday, February 16, 2011



FEBRUARY 17, 2011

Gn 9:1-13 / Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29, 22-23 / Mk 8:27-33

GENESIS 9:1-13
God blessed Noah and his sons and he said to them, "Be fruitful,
multiply and fill the earth. Fear and dread of you will be in all the
animals of the earth and in all the birds of the air, upon everything
that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. They are given
to you. Everything that moves and lives shall be food for you; as I
gave you the green plants, I have now given you everything. Only you
shall not eat flesh with its life, that is its blood. But I will also
demand a reckoning for your lifeblood. I will demand it from every
animal; and from man, too, I will demand a reckoning for the life of
his fellow man. He who sheds the blood of man shall have his bloodshed
by man; for in the image of God has God made man. As for you, be
fruitful and increase. Abound on the earth and be master of it." God
spoke to Noah and his son, "See I am making a covenant with you and
with your descendants after you; also with every living animal with
you: birds, cattle, that is, with every living creature of the earth
that came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you. Never
again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never
again will there be a flood to destroy the earth." God said, "This is
the sign of the covenant I make between me and you, and every animal
living with you for all future generations. I set my bow in the clouds
and it will be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

MARK 8:27-33
Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do people say I am?" And they told
him, "Some say you are John the Baptist; others say you are Elijah or
one of the prophets." Then Jesus asked them, "But you, who do you say
I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Messiah." And he ordered them not
to tell anyone about him. Jesus then began to teach them that the Son
of Man had to suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the
chief priests and the teachers of the Law. He would be killed and af
ter three days rise again. Jesus said all this quite openly, so that
Peter took him aside and began to protest strongly. But Jesus turning
around, and looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter saying, "Get
behind me Satan! You are thinking, not as God does, but as people do."

Jesus has been educating his apostles taking every opportunity to
instruct and empower them. We see the group going around Caesaria-
Philippi. Jesus takes the chance of verifying their knowledge and
acceptance of him. Not to be very direct he asks, "Who do people say
that I am?" Their varied responses indeed reveal their knowledge and
belief of who he is though they have seen his acts and heard him speak
about God's kingdom.

When Peter answers, "You are the Christ," Jesus tells them not to tell
anyone. Why? It would have been the springboard for Jesus to send his
apostles to propagate him and his mission. But the ways of God are
different. He goes on to tell them that the Son of God will be
rejected and will undergo suffering and humiliation and even death,
but he will rise again. Peter says that cannot be. He loves Jesus so
much he will not allow that to happen to him. It is unthinkable for a
messiah who is supposed to save his people to be the victim and to
die! It is at this point, that Jesus tells Peter: "Get behind me,
Satan!" Jesus means nobody should hinder God's plan for him to fulfill
the mission he has been sent for.

Jesus' statement is also for us. What is he trying to teach us? Even
if he knows that Peter's protest is out of love for him, he scolds
him. Jesus is being faithful to his mission. He cannot allow anyone
and anything to make him divert from it. He stays true to his Father's
will. He is modeling for us how to be faithful to our vocation, to our
particular mission in our circumstances in life.

Lord, help us to be faithful as you are faithful, and true as you are

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- David Tan
- Fernando, Roselyn
- Ma. Jovita Ong
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Julie and Glenn Manzon
- Brenda
- Atty.Raymundo F. Gimena
… for the personal intentions of
- Kristine, Sheldon, Med Villanueva
- Estelita Barayoga Escamilla
- Fedralyn Luna and Domingo Barayoga Jr.
- Glenda Bisco
- Pauline
- Josheil Dapo
- Fe V. Domingo
- Blanca R. Lozada
- Mary W
- Cherie Torres
- Kyla A. Panganiban, Carlito Asuncion, Nobliza B. Asuncion, Carlos B.
Asuncion, Charito B. Asuncion, Carolina A. Panganiban, Alberto
Madanlo, Rommel Acero, Louie Simodlan, Divine Grace Simodlan, Andrea
Gail Simodlan, Gimena Family
…In Thanksgiving:
- Manzon Family
- Barayoga Family
… In Memoriam:
- Domingo Barayoga Sr., Lourdes Barayoga, Charlie Castro
- Perfecto P. Domingo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Luciano Tan. 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: Carmencita T. Reyes
- Birthday: Sis. Elsa C. Belen
… 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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