Monday, January 16, 2012



JANUARY 17, 2012

1 Sm 16:1-13 / Mk 2:23-28

1 SAMUEL 16:1-13
Yahweh asked Samuel, "How long will you be grieving over Saul whom I
have rejected as king of Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on
your way to Jesse the Bethlehemite for I have chosen my king from
among his sons." Samuel asked, "How can I go? If Saul hears of this,
he will kill me!" Yahweh replied, "Take a heifer with you and say, `I
have come to sacrifice to Yahweh.' Invite Jesse to the sacrifice and I
will let you know what to do next. You shall anoint for me the one I
point out to you." Samuel did what Yahweh commanded and left for
Bethlehem. When he appeared, the elders of the city came to him
asking, fearfully, "Do you bring us peace?" Samuel replied, "I come in
peace; I am here to sacrifice to Yahweh. Cleanse yourselves and join
me in the sacrifice." He also had Jesse and his sons cleansed and
invited them to the sacrifice. As they came, Samuel looked at Eliab
the older and thought, "This must be Yahweh's anointed." But Yahweh
told Samuel, "Do not judge by his looks or his stature for I have
rejected him. Yahweh does not judge as man judges; humans see with the
eyes; Yahweh sees the heart." Jesse called his son Abinadab and
presented him to Samuel who said, "Yahweh has not chosen this one
either." Jesse presented Shammah and Samuel said, "Nor has Yahweh
chosen this one." Jesse presented seven of his sons to Samuel who
said, "Yahweh has chosen none of them. But are all your sons here?"
Jesse replied, "There is still the youngest, tending the flock just
now." Samuel said to him, "Send for him and bring him to me; we shall
not sit down to eat until he arrives." So Jesse sent for his youngest
son and brought him to Samuel. He was a handsome lad with ruddy
complexion and beautiful eyes. And Yahweh spoke, "Go, anoint him for
he is the one." Samuel then took the horn of oil and anointed him in
his brothers' presence. From that day onwards, Yahweh's Spirit took
hold of David. Then Samuel left for Ramah.

MARK 2:23-28
One Sabbath he was walking through grainfields. As his disciples
walked along with him, they began to pick the heads of grain and crush
them in their hands. Then the Pharisees said to Jesus, "Look! They are
doing what is forbidden on the Sabbath!" And he said to them, "Have
you never read what David did in his time of need, when he and his men
were very hungry? He went into the house of God, when Abiathar was
High Priest, and ate the bread of offering, which only the priests are
allowed to eat, and he also gave some to the men who were with him."
Then Jesus said to them, "The sabbath was made for man, not man for
the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is master even of the Sabbath."

How often are we guilty of carrying out the letter of the law while
negating its spirit? In today's Gospel, the Pharisees were so intent
on keeping their own rules that they completely disregarded the
practical needs of people.

In our society today many individuals tend to interpret rules so as to
benefit themselves personally rather than their fellow citizens. We
hear of corruption in government, of officials interpreting the law
for personal benefit, therefore breeding more corruption. God has made
rules for the benefit of man so that he may be guided in his actions.

Jesus reminds us that rituals and rules are irrelevant when they run
counter to love for our brothers and sisters. The interpretation of
rules and rituals should benefit men and women and not merely serve to
preserve the letter of the law.

Careful reflection is needed before we make decisions, especially when
our decisions affect others.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Bob, Toni, Vera
- Ely Lara
- Eden Batuto
- Mon Torres
- Rakkie Villa
- Tung-Jou Sheh
- Cecilia Yu
… for the personal intentions of
- Angeli Marmeto
- Josheil Dapo
- Pauline
- Titong Villacorta
… Birthday: Paolo Javier
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Ricky C. Villacorta. 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: Ester Reyes Tagud
- In Memoriam (+): Tong Uy Hun
… for families who are in need of healing
… 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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