Monday, February 11, 2013
MONDAY 5TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
MONDAY 5TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Gen 1:1-19 / Ps 104: 1-2a. 5-6. 10 and 12. 24 and 35c / Mk 6:53-56
In the beginning, when God began to create the heavens and the earth, the earth had no form and was void; darkness was over the deep and the Spirit of God hovered over the waters. God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light `Day' and the darkness `Night'. There was evening and there was morning: the first day. God said, "Let there be a firm ceiling between the waters and let it separate waters from waters." So God made the ceiling and separated the waters below it from the waters above it. And so it was. God called the firm ceiling `Sky'. There was evening and there was morning: the second day. God said, "Let the waters below the sky be gathered together in one place and let dry land appear." And so it was. God called the dry land `Earth', and the waters gathered together he called `Seas'. God saw that it was good. God said, "Let the earth produce vegetation, seed-bearing plants, fruit trees bearing fruit with seed, each according to its kind, upon the earth." And so it was. The earth produced vegetation: plants bearing seed ac- cording to their kind and trees producing fruit which has seed, according to their kind. God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning: the third day. God said, "Let there be lights in the ceiling of the sky to separate day from night and to serve as signs for the seasons, days and years; and let these lights in the sky shine above the earth." And so it was. God therefore made two great lights, the greater light to govern the day and the smaller light to govern the night; and God made the stars as well. God placed them in the ceiling of the sky to give light on the earth and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning: the fourth day.
Having crossed the lake, they came ashore at Gennesaret, where they tied up the boat. As soon as they landed, people recognized Jesus, and ran to spread the news throughout the countryside. Wherever he was, they brought to him the sick lying on their mats; and wherever he went, to villages, towns or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplace, and begged him to let them touch just the fringe of his cloak. And all who touched him were cured.
You can just imagine the size of the crowd that came to meet Jesus that day. Many were sick and looking to be healed. And many were indeed healed, even just by touching the edge of Jesus' garment. When you think about it, it would take a great deal of faith and quite a bit of good fortune for that to happen. Yet when we look at the world today, we see many people suffering from physical illness. They may be faithful and devout, maybe even more so than those who went out to see Him at Gennesaret. Why then are these people sometimes not healed?
Often, the healing that we receive from Jesus may not be physical, but rather spiritual. Spiritual healing does not remove our physical afflictions, but allows us to accept the pain and suffering as only temporary, and part of God's greater plan. Through the grace of Jesus, we can learn to accept our situation and offer it up to God.
Are you suffering right now? Can you remain faithful, even through hardship and trials? Can you offer up your suffering to God?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of Chief Samrose Anyaugo
… for the personal intentions of
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo, Barr (Mrs) Adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the eternal repose of the soul of
- 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.
- Wedding Anniversary: Edward & Jennifer Inocentes
- Wedding Anniversary: Jerome & Sally Lim Gotamco
… 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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