Friday, February 18, 2011
SATURDAY 6TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
SATURDAY 6TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Heb 11:1-7 / Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11 / Mk 9:2-13
Faith is the assurance of what we hope for, being certain of what we
cannot see. Because of their faith our ancestors were approved. By
faith we understand that the stages of creation were disposed by God's
word, and what is visible came from what cannot be seen. Because of
Abel's faith his offering was more acceptable than that of his brother
Cain, which meant he was upright, and God himself approved his
offering. Because of this faith he cried to God, as said in Scripture,
even after he died. By faith Enoch was taken to heaven, instead of
experiencing death: he could not be found because God had taken him.
In fact, it is said that before being taken up he had pleased God. Yet
without faith it is im-possible to please him: no one draws near to
God without first believing that he exists and that he rewards those
who seek him earnestly. By faith Noah was instructed of events which
could not yet be seen and, heeding what he heard, he built a boat in
which to save his family. The faith of Noah condemned the world and he
reach¬ed holiness born of faith.
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led
them up a high mountain. There his appearance was changed before their
eyes. Even his clothes shone, becoming as white as no bleach of this
world could make them. Elijah and Moses appeared to them; the two were
talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke and said to Jesus, "Master, it is
good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for
Moses and one for Elijah." For he did not know what to say; they were
overcome with awe. But a cloud formed, covering them in a shadow, and
from the cloud came this word, "This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to
him." And suddenly, as they looked around, they no longer saw anyone
except Jesus with them. As they came down the mountain, he ordered
them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man be risen
from the dead. So they kept this to themselves, although they
discussed with one another what `to rise from the dead' could mean.
Finally they asked him, "Why then do the teachers of the Law say that
Elijah must come first?" Jesus answered them, "Of course, Elijah will
come first so that everything may be as it should be. But, why do the
Scriptures say that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be
despised? I tell you that Elijah has already come and they have
treated him as they pleased, as the Scriptures say of him."
The transfiguration of Jesus is an affirmation that he is the Son of
God. Were the three apostles really frightened when they witnessed
this event? Not only did they see Elijah and Moses talking to Jesus,
they also heard the voice of God saying, "This is my Son, whom I love.
Listen to him!"
We experience the transfiguration of Jesus in our lives every day. He
is always present in our lives. But, like the apostles, we are afraid
to even think of it or see his presence. We refuse to listen to him
when he speaks to us. We are too busy living our lives; we forget to
live for him.
How can we improve our relationship with Jesus? What should we do to
be a better listener? The first reading gives us the answer to these
questions. Our faith in God! "Faith is the realization of what is
hoped for and evidence of things not seen." Believe in that faith and
you will feel Jesus' manifestation of himself in your life.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Atty.Raymundo F. Gimena
… for the personal intentions of
- 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 Memoriam:
- Domingo Barayoga Sr., Lourdes Barayoga, Charlie Castro
- Perfecto P. Domingo
- Jesus Yap
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Luciano Tan
- Esperanza Castello
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: Franz A. Saw
- In Memoriam (+): Feliciana Marin
- In Memoriam (+): Arthur Chong Muñoz
… 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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