Sunday, February 12, 2012



FEBRUARY 13, 2012

Jas 1:1-11 / Mk 8:11-13

JAMES 1:1-11
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, sends greetings
to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations. Consider yourselves
fortunate, my brothers and sisters, when you meet with every kind of
trial, for you know that the testing of your faith makes you
steadfast. Let your steadfastness become perfect with deeds, that you
yourselves may be perfect and blame less, without any defect. If any
of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God who gives to all easily and
unconditionally. But ask with faith, not doubting, for the one who
doubts is like a wave driven and tossed on the sea by the wind. Such a
person should not expect anything from the Lord, since the doubter has
two minds and his conduct will always be insecure. Let the believer
who is poor boast in been uplifted, and let the rich one boast in
being humbled, because he will pass away like the flower of the field.
The sun rises and its heat dries the grass; the flower withers and its
beauty vanishes. So, too, will the rich person fade away even in the
midst of his pursuits.

MARK 8:11-13
The Pharisees came and started to argue with Jesus. Hoping to
embarrass him, they asked for some heavenly sign. Then his spirit was
moved. He gave a deep sigh and said, "Why do the people of this
present time ask for a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign shall be
given to this people." Then he left them, got into the boat again and
went to the other side of the lake.

"Go home now. As you believed, so let it be." Jesus, struck by the
strong faith of the centurion, a captain in the Roman army, who asked
him to heal his servant in his house by just speaking a word, cures
his slave from a distance. This kind of faith is so different from the
skepticism of the people in today's gospel. They were expecting a
totally different type of Messiah – one who will manifest himself with
extraordinary signs, an invincible leader with devastating power. They
were blind to the signs of God's presence in everything around them.
William Barclay puts it this way: "To Jesus, such a demand (for signs)
was not due to the desire to see the hand of God; it was due to the
fact that they were blind to his hand."

May today's reading be a reminder to all of us to see, and believe,
that God is truly present in all things – the air we breathe, the
tireless beating of the heart from birth until death, the rainbow
colored flowers bathed in sunshine, and the thousand little things we
hardly notice in our daily lives – all of them whispering to each one
of us, "God loves you."

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Tung-Jou Sheh
- Bob Barsotti
- Mon Torres
- Rakkie Villa
… for the personal intentions of
- Pauline
- Josheil Dapo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Florentino N. Villamer, Jr.
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: Jasper Tiu
- In Memoriam (+): George Tan Lee
- In Memoriam (+): Tong Ai Lei
… 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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