Sunday, January 13, 2013



JANUARY 14, 2013

Heb 1:1-6 / Ps 97: 1 and 2b. 6 and 7c. 9 / Mk 1:14-20

God has spoken in the past to our ancestors through the prophets, in many different ways, although never completely; but in our times he has spoken definitively to us through his Son. He is the one God appointed heir of all things, since through him he unfolded the stages of the world. He is the radiance of God's Glory and bears the stamp of God's hidden being, so that his powerful word upholds the universe. And after taking away sin, he took his place at the right hand of the divine Majesty in heaven. So he is now far superior to angels just as the name he received sets him apart from them. To what angel did God say: You are my son, I have begotten you today? and to what angel did he promise: I shall be a father to him and he will be a son to me? On sending his Firstborn to the world, God says: Let all the angels adore him.

MARK 1:14-20
After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee and began preaching the Good News of God. He said, "The time has come; the kingdom of God is at hand. Change your ways and believe the Good News." As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people." At once, they abandoned their nets and followed him. Jesus went a little farther on and saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee; they were in their boat mending their nets. Immediately Jesus called them and they followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men.

On the surface, the way Mark wrote today's gospel sounds so simple: Jesus walked up to two pairs of brothers, told them to follow Him, and they did just that with no guarantees other than the mysterious promise to make them "fishers of men". What might have compelled these four hardworking fishermen to drop everything at a moment's notice to follow a wandering preacher into the unknown? And what about Jesus? What did he see in them that qualified them to take on the most important task of being His disciples?

Something profound and powerful was at work at this seemingly causal encounter. When Jesus walked along the Sea of Galilee, he did not see a bunch of earthy men in the working class. He saw them for what God created them to be, not what the world and circumstances had made them. And so when he called out to Simon, Andrew, James and John, they immediately sensed the power and the grace of God within him. Deep in their hearts, they knew Jesus was someone who could be trusted; someone who, if he asked much, could give even more. Without reservation or hesitation, they readily allowed him to change them from the inside out so they may experience His greatness in their lives.

Jesus continues to walk along the shores of our lives, calling us to follow him so we may be transformed into what he intended us to be. As we have learned from today's gospel, Jesus' call is gracious and inviting, adventurous and unsettling. Are we ready to take on that first call, one that requires an edge-of-your seat faith, and be changed by his love?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Jun Embile, S.J.
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo; for protection and personal intentions of Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo,Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo,Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Andy Lecaros
- Virginia Hernandez
… In Thanksgiving: Lina Magcamit
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Hilario Silvano, Sr.
- Dr. George Eufemio
- Luisa Tan
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: Fil Christian M. Cruz
- Birthday: Shay Canon
- Birthday: Rosa B Cua
- Birthday: Dr. Ma. Fides Pacheco
- Birthday: John Michael Lim Denate
- Wedding Anniversary: Brian & Ria Salonga
- Wedding Anniversary: Viny & Jose Uy
- In Memoriam (+): Ng Yam Bee Tuazon
… 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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