Tuesday, June 05, 2012
WEDNESDAY 9TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
WEDNESDAY 9TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, ST NORBERT
2 Tm 1:1-3, 6-12 / Mk 12:18-27
2 TIMOTHY 1:1-3, 6-12
From Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of
his promise of eternal life in Christ Jesus, to my dear son Timothy.
May grace, mercy and peace be with you from God the Father and Christ
Jesus our Lord. I give thanks to God whom I serve with a clear
conscience the way my ancestors did, as I remember you constantly, day
and night, in my prayers. For this reason I invite you to fan into a
flame the gift of God you received through the laying on of my hands.
For God did not confer on us a spirit of bashfulness, but of strength,
love and good judgment. Do not be ashamed of testifying to our Lord,
nor of seeing me in chains. On the contrary, do your share in laboring
for the Gospel with the strength of God. He saved us and called us—a
calling which proceeds from his holiness. This did not depend on our
merits, but on his generosity and his own initiative. This calling
given to us from all time in Christ Jesus has just been manifested
with the glorious appearance of Christ Jesus, our Lord, who destroyed
death and brought life and immortality to light in his Gospel. Of this
message I was made herald, apostle and teacher. For its sake I now
suffer this trial, but I am not ashamed, for I know in whom I have
believed and I am convinced that he is capable of taking care of all I
have entrusted to him until that day.
The Sadducees also came to Jesus. Since they claim that there is no
resurrection, they questioned him in this way, "Master, in the
Scriptures Moses gave us this law: If anyone dies and leaves a wife
but no children, his brother must take the woman, and with her have a
baby, who will be considered the child of his deceased brother. Now,
there were seven brothers. The first married a wife, but he died
without leaving any children. The second took the wife, and he also
died leaving no children. The same thing happened to the third. In
fact, all seven brothers died, leaving no children. Last of all, the
woman died. Now, in the resurrection, to which of them will she be
wife? For all seven brothers had her as wife." Jesus replied, "Is this
not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the
Scriptures or the power of God? When they rise from the dead, men and
women do not marry, but are like the angels in heaven. Now, about the
resurrection of the dead, have you never had thoughts about the
burning bush in the book of Moses? God said to Moses: I am the God of
Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. He is the God not of
the dead but of the living. You are totally wrong."
Perhaps to mock the teachings of Jesus and to confuse the minds of his
followers, the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection,
make up a hypothetical scenario. Such is the case with many people
today who try to confuse believers with their own interpretations of
the teachings in the Bible. But Jesus cannot deceive nor be deceived,
and instead he gives a meaningful reply that continues to give hope to
us up to this day – the hope of resurrection and eternity. Just as St.
Paul says in the first reading, "This calling … has just been
manifested with the glorious appearance of Christ Jesus, our Lord, who
destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light in his
Gospel…," we must focus on the ultimate goal of our earthly
Pray this Act of Faith: "…I believe in everything You have revealed to
us and in all the teachings of the Church…" Amen.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Eriberta C. Calvario
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Tito Oreta
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
.. In Memoriam: Louise Cleveland, Selma Stockstill, Kathy Fortenberry,
Al Gowins, Tony Miller, Jimmy the Fireman, Roy Billet
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Luisita S. Itchon
- Birthday: Jacinto Y. Enriquez
- In Memoriam (+): Albert Dy, Sr.
… 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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