Monday, February 11, 2013
TUESDAY 5TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR I
TUESDAY 5TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Gen 1:20—2:4 / Ps 8: 4-5. 6-7. 8-9 / Mk 7:1-13
God said, "Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth under the ceiling of the sky." God created the great monsters of the sea and all living animals, those that teem in the waters, according to their kind, and every winged bird, according to its kind. God saw that it was good. God blessed them saying, "Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the waters of the sea, and let the birds increase on the earth." There was evening and there was morning: the fifth day. God said, "Let the earth produce living animals according to their kind: cattle, creatures that move along the ground, wild animals according to their kind." So it was. God created the wild animals according to their kind, and everything that creeps along the ground according to its kind. God saw that it was good. God said, "Let us make man in our image, to our likeness. Let them rule over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle, over the wild animals, and over all creeping things that crawl along the ground." So God created man in his image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it, rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky, over every living creature that moves on the ground." God said, "I have given you every seed-bearing plant which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree that bears fruit with seed. It will be for your food. To every wild animal, to every bird of the sky, to everything that creeps along the ground, to everything that has the breath of life, I give every green plant for food." So it was. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. There was evening and there was morning: the sixth day. That was the way the sky and earth were created and all their vast array. By the seventh day the work God had done was completed, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had done. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy; because on that day he rested from all the work he had done in his creation. These are the successive steps in the creation of the heavens and the earth.
One day the Pharisees gathered around Jesus, and with them were some teachers of the Law who had just come from Jerusalem. They noticed that some of his disciples were eating their meal with unclean hands, that is, without washing them. Now the Pharisees, and in fact all the Jews, never eat without washing their hands, for they follow the tradition received from their ancestors. Nor do they eat anything, when they come from the market, without first washing themselves. And there are many other traditions they observe; for example, the ritual washing of cups, pots and plates. So the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law asked him, "Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders, but eat with unclean hands?" Jesus answered, "You shallow people! How well Isaiah prophesied of you when he wrote: This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. The worship they offer me is worthless, for what they teach are only human rules. You even put aside the commandment of God to hold fast to human tradition." And Jesus commented, "You have a fine way of disregarding the commandments of God in order to enforce your own traditions! For example, Moses said: Do your duty to your father and your mother, and: Whoever curses his father or his mother is to be put to death. But according to you, someone could say to his father or mother, `I already declared Corban (which means "offered to God") what you could have expected from me.' In this case, you no longer require him to do anything for his father or mother, and so you nullify the word of God through the tradition you have handed on. And you do many other things like that."
We need to have our priorities in the right order. The Law binds us, but it also frustrates us because it binds us to perfection which we are not able to do. But the spirit frees us with a new law which is love. To understand Christ's commandments, we need to understand the true spirit behind his words. We cannot use human rules or human standards for what the Lord is teaching us. We put our human reasoning, our human logic above the Holy Spirit who gives us the proper interpretation to do God's will. The fear of the Lord leads to wisdom, which helps us with discernment on how to assess and weigh the options and choices in our lives. No amount of rationalization or human philosophy or reasoning can justify the Spirit that can inspire us to the proper understanding of our history. We need to pray for the Holy Spirit for the gift of wisdom to help us with seeing the signs with faith.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
… 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.
- Birthday: Virginia Nañagas-Bactad
- Birthday: Diane Stephanie Ching
- Birthday: Jayfer John Posadas
- Birthday: Lourdes K. Granados
- Prayer Intention: Reynold Lim
- In Memoriam (+): Marcos Cu (1938-2000)
- In Memoriam (+): Valentine V. Lim
… 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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