Thursday, February 07, 2013
THURSDAY 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
THURSDAY 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Heb 12:18-19,21-24 / Ps 48: 2-3ab. 3cd-4. 9. 10-11 / Mk 6:7-13
What you have come to is nothing known to the senses: nor heat of a blazing fire, darkness and gloom and storms, blasts of trumpets or such a voice that the people pleaded that no further word be spoken. The sight was so terrifying that Moses said: I tremble with fear. But you came near to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, to the heavenly Jerusalem with its innumerable angels. You have come to the solemn feast, the assembly of the firstborn of God, whose names are written in heaven. There is God, Judge of all, with the spirits of the upright brought to perfection. There is Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, with the sprinkled blood that cries out more effectively than Abel's.
He called the Twelve to him, and began to send them out two by two, giving them authority over evil spirits. And he ordered them to take nothing for the journey, except a staff: no food, no bag, no money in their belts. They were to wear sandals and were not to take an extra tunic. And he added, "In whatever house you are welcomed, stay there until you leave the place. If any place doesn't receive you, and the people refuse to listen to you, leave after shaking the dust off your feet. It will be a testimony against them." So they set out to proclaim that this was the time to repent. They drove out many demons and healed many sick people by anointing them.
The preparation for the mission of the Twelve is seen in the call of the first disciples to be fishers of men (Mark 1: 16-20). The twelve were set apart to be with Jesus and to receive authority to preach the Good News and expel demons. They were given the specific mission to exercise that authority in word and power as representatives of Jesus during the time of their formation.
In our present lives, Jesus is also asking us to be his disciples. He wants us to do our own mission of helping the poor, caring for the sick, and reaching out to those who still don't know him. Just like the twelve, we should hang on to that walking stick, trust our fellow men and shake the dust off one's feet from unresponsive towns.
In our Gospel today, Jesus wants us to follow his disciples by trusting God's will and providence. We should also trust our fellow-Christians who can give us courage, support and prayer. Lastly we should not be paralyzed and preoccupied with failure. If the Lord God gives us our mission, He will surely give us all the resources and grace to carry it out. "His will be done, not ours."
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
… for the personal intentions of Gloria Dorsey
… In Thanksgiving: Carlos and Emma Quicho and family
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Primitivo Atillano
- 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: Elizabeth S. Tiu
- Birthday: Mary Aislinn Chua Lihan (+)
- In Memoriam (+): Ong Su Khun
… 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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