Thursday, February 07, 2013
FRIDAY 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
FEBRUARY 8, 2013
MEMORIAL, SAINT JEROME EMILIANI OR SAINT JOSEPHINE BAKHITA, VIRGIN
FRIDAY 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Heb 13:1-8 / Ps 27: 1. 3. 5. 8b-9abc / Mk 6:14-29
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to offer hospitality; you know that some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember prisoners as if you were with them in chains, and the same for those who are suffering. Remember that you also have a body. Marriage must be respected by all and husband and wife faithful to each other. God will punish the immoral and the adulterous. Do not depend on money. Be con tent with having enough for today for God has said: I will never forsake you or abandon you, and we shall confidently answer: The Lord is my helper, I will not fear; what can man do to me? Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Consider their end and imitate their faith. Christ Jesus is the same today as yesterday and forever.
King Herod also heard about Jesus, because his name had become well-known. Some people said, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him." Others thought, "He is Elijah," and others, "He is a prophet like the prophets of times past." When Herod was told of this, he thought, "I had John beheaded, yet he has risen from the dead!" For this is what had happened: Herod had ordered John to be arrested, and had had him bound and put in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. Herod had married her, and John had told him, "It is not right for you to live with your brother's wife." So Herodias held a grudge against John; and wanted to kill him, but she could not, because Herod respected John. He knew John to be an upright and holy man, and kept him safe. And he liked listening to him, although he became very disturbed, whenever he heard him. Herodias had her chance on Herod's birthday, when he gave a dinner for all the senior government officials, military chiefs, and the leaders of Galilee. On that occasion the daughter of Herodias came in and danced; and she delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask me for anything you want and I will give it to you." And he went so far as to say with many oaths, "I will give you anything you ask, even half my kingdom." She went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" The mother replied, "The head of John the Baptist." The girl hurried to the king and made her request, "I want you to give me the head of John the Baptist, here and now, on a dish." The king was very displeased, but he would not refuse in front of his guests because of his oaths. So he sent one of the bodyguards with orders to bring John's head. He went and beheaded John in prison; then he brought the head on a dish and gave it to the girl. And the girl gave it to her mother. When John's disciples heard of this, they came and took his body and buried it.
In today's gospel, Herodias blinded with hate and anger, turned her daughter into a murderer. Was she so filled with hate that she would use her daughter as an instrument of revenge? How did she live with this?
Let us step back and take stock. When in our lives have we been blinded with anger and hate? How have hate and senseless anger hindered us from becoming loving and compassionate individuals?
Mother Theresa of Calcutta once said, "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile."
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Raymond Kahn
- Ivan Banaag
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
… In Thanksgiving: Carlos and Emma Quicho and family
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- John Lino Centino
- Jovita Sy
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: Cora Cabral
- Birthday: Quinta Atienza
- Birthday: Neil Edward Yu
… 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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