Tuesday, March 01, 2011



MARCH 2, 2011

Sir 36:5-6, 10-17 / Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13 / Mk 10:32-45

SIRACH 36:5-6, 10-17
Give new signs, do fresh wonders, stretch out your hand and be
glorified in your strength. Kindle your fury and rouse your anger,
destroy your opponents, crush your enemy. Gather all the tribes of
Jacob, give them back their inheritance as in the beginning. Have
pity, Lord, on the people known by your Name, on Israel whom you
called your firstborn. Show compassion to the holy city, to Jerusalem
where you rest. Fill Zion with the fame of your wonders, and your
people with your glory. Confirm the promises made to your people long
ago and fulfill the promises made in your name. Reward those who wait
for you and fulfill the words of your prophets. Hear the prayer of
your servants, Lord; hear your priests giving Aaron's blessing to your
people. So that all on earth may acknowledge that you are Lord and
ever¬lasting God.

MARK 10:32-45
Once more Jesus took the Twelve aside to tell them what was to happen
to him, "You see we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will
be given over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law. They
will condemn him to death and hand him over to the foreigners who will
make fun of him, spit on him, scourge him and finally kill him; but
three days later he will rise." James and John, the sons of Zebedee,
came to Jesus and said to him, "Master, we want you to grant us what
we are going to ask of you." And he said, "What do you want me to do
for you?" They answered, "Grant us to sit one at your right and one at
your left when you come in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You
don't know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink or
be baptized in the way I am baptized?" They answered, "We can." And
Jesus told them, "The cup that I drink you will drink, and you will be
baptized in the way I am baptized. But to sit at my right or at my
left is not mine to grant. It has been prepared for others." On
hearing this, the other ten were angry with James and John; Jesus then
called them to him and said, "As you know, the so-called rulers of the
nations act as tyrants and their great ones oppress them. But it shall
not be so among you; whoever would be great among you must be your
servant, and whoever would be first among you shall make himself slave
of all. Think of the Son of Man who has not come to be served but to
serve and to give his life to redeem many."

Being the big time boss carries with it the usual images of ultimate
power and absolute authority. The legitimate concerns and issues from
those in the lower ranks are given the least priority; whatever the
boss says must be followed unequivocally.

Jesus, however, presents another paradigm of true Christian
leadership: Service starts from the person in charge, but more out of
genuine concern instead of micromanaging. The esteemed position cannot
demand to be waited on because the leader must be the example of
sincere empathy and cooperative teamwork. The way armchair generals
function does not apply. Instead, service demands us to be commanders
on the battlefield, ready and willing to inspire and rally troops by
joining them where the intense action is, right in the thick of the
fight. Hopefully, this might be a sobering lesson to those elected to
national or local posts.

Let us continue to pray for those in our government, for those who
handle organizations, whether big or small. May the example of
Christ's servanthood be the model they exemplify. As barangay captain
or president of the republic, it is through acquiescing to the good of
the people that a leader earns the respect he or she deserves and that
a leader can finally live up to the title of being a public servant.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Nel de Leon
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Lydia Pe
- Juday Pe
… for the personal intentions of
- Margarite Ponce de Leon
- Veronica Yap
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Enrico Yao - Bate
- Birthday: Tess Nano
… 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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