Tuesday, February 22, 2011



FEBRUARY 23, 2011

Sir 4:11-19 / Ps 119:165, 168, 171, 172, 174, 175 / Mk 9:38-40

SIRACH 4:11-19
Wisdom brings up her children and takes care of those who look for
her. Whoever loves her loves life. Those who rise early in the morning
in search of her will be filled with joy. Whoever possesses her will
have glory and wherever he goes blessings will follow. Those who serve
her are ministers of the Holy One; those who love her are loved of the
Lord. He who listens to her will have good judgment. He who obeys her
will rest in safety. Whoever trusts in her will possess her and his
children after him will inherit her. For in the beginning she will
lead him by rough paths, causing him to fear and be terrified; she
will plague him with her discipline until she can count on him; and
she will put him to the test by her demands. Then she will lead him on
a level path, give him joy and reveal her secrets to him. But if he
wanders from the path, she will abandon him and allow him to be lost.

MARK 9:38-40
John said to him, "Master, we saw someone who drove out demons by
calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him because he does not
belong to our group." Jesus answered, "Do not forbid him, for no one
who works a miracle in my name can soon after speak evil of me. For
whoever is not against us is for us.

All of us yearn for wisdom. Whether it may help us in our
relationships with one another or guide us in making the right
decision, we all have the urge to receive this gift of the Holy Spirit
one time or another. Counsel graces us with the ability of knowing
what is right from wrong and doing the former. Wisdom allows us to see
all things through the light of God's love. Counsel, together with
understanding, guides us in making a judgment, and wisdom comes
afterwards in realizing the love of God. Nevertheless, both gifts
collaborate with each other to make us fruitful stewards of God.

In this reading of Sirach, we learn about wisdom as a mother whose
sons and daughters [as what we are called] may not know what her
intentions are. She teaches us the way towards God, and she proves our
existence once we understand why her presence is important. She makes
us love life and brings us closer to the truth. Some of us may learn
about wisdom through our parents or school; meanwhile, others learn
about it while in our community. Whichever method we use to get close
to wisdom, there will be trials that await us in our journey, trials
that may shake our faith and change how we look at different things in

This may be the case, but having the courage in making decisions out
of wisdom would hopefully bring us back into the arms of God.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. healings for: Marge, Gene, Frank, KDTX, Kristen MS, Maria PA, Alex
& Mrs T
… for the personal intentions of Flora B
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Harris Javier T. Ngo
- Birthday: Nory Cruz
- Birthday: Teresita Angela C. Lucero
… 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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