Tuesday, January 31, 2012



FEBRUARY 1, 2012

2 Sm 24:2, 9-17 / Mk 6:1-6

2 SAMUEL 24:2, 9-17
When Saul returned from his pursuit of the Philistines, he was told
that David was in the desert of Engedi. Then David himself stepped out
of the cave and called after Saul, "My master, the king!" When Saul
looked back, David knelt and then bowed to the ground in homage and
asked him, "Why do you listen to those who say that I want to harm
you? Look, today you have seen that Yahweh delivered you into my hands
in the cave, and I was told to kill you but I held myself back and I
said: `I will not lift my hands against my master who is Yahweh's
anointed.' My father, look at this end of your robe which I am
holding! I cut off the end of your robe but did not kill you. Now you
may know that I mean you no harm or treason. I have done you no wrong
and yet you are hunting me down to kill me. May Yahweh be judge
between you and me and may he exact justice from you in my case, but I
shall do you no harm. As the saying goes, `From the wicked comes
wickedness'; as for me, my hand shall not harm you. But who is it you
are after, O king of Israel? Are you pursuing a dead dog? A flea? May
Yahweh be judge between you and me. May he see and uphold my cause and
deliver me from your hands." After David had spoken these words, Saul
asked, "Is that your voice, my son David?" He wept aloud

MARK 6:1-6
This is the beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of
God. It is written in the book of Isaiah, the prophet, "I am sending
my messenger ahead of you to prepare your way. Let the people hear the
voice calling in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord, level his
paths." So John began to baptize in the desert; he preached a baptism
of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All Judea and all the
people from the city of Jerusalem went out to John to confess their
sins, and to be baptized by him in the river Jordan. John was clothed
in camel's hair and wore a leather garment around his waist. His food
was locusts and honey.

Jesus went to his native town and preached there. The people were
surprised. They knew him as a carpenter – a mere working man. Their
prejudice turned them away from Jesus' words.

There is no mention of Mary in their account. But she must have known
of this incident. She may even have been there. How must she have felt
for her Son?

We can learn from Mother Mary. We can try to bear works or actions
that hurt us or our family as Mary did. We can offer them to God.

We can also learn from the crowd who rejected Jesus. When someone is
trying to teach us, are we impressed by his background? His degrees?
His wealth? Or do we listen to what he has to say, without regard of
his background? If someone is sincerely trying to teach us to live
better lives, let us listen to what he has to say, even if we knew him
in the past to be a "mere working man." A "mere working man" could
also be a great man.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Tung-Jou Sheh
- Fr Henry Romero
- Lito Blanco
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Rakkie Villa
… for the personal intentions of
- Angeli
- Lars
- Med Villanueva
- Cherie Torres
- Pauline
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Mrs Dolores Lisay
- Mrs Lily Botiquin
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: John Henry Dee
- Birthday: Jennifer A. Chua
- In Memoriam (+): Evelyn C. Ong
… 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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