Tuesday, January 15, 2013
WEDNESDAY 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
WEDNESDAY 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Heb 2:14-18 / Ps 105: 1-2. 3-4. 6-7. 8-9 / Mk 1:29-39
And because all those children share one same nature of flesh and blood, Jesus likewise had to share this nature. This is why his death destroyed the one holding the power of death, that is the devil, and freed those who remained in bond age all their lifetime because of the fear of death. Jesus came to take by the hand not the angels but the human race. So he had to be like his brothers and sisters in every respect, in order to be the High Priest faithful to God and merciful to them, a priest able to ask pardon and atone for their sins. Having been tested through suffering, he is able to help those who are tested.
On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to the home of Simon and Andrew with James and John. As Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed with fever, they immediately told him about her. Jesus went to her and, taking her by the hand, raised her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. That evening at sundown, people brought to Jesus all the sick and those who had evil spirits: the whole town was pressing around the door. Jesus healed many who had various diseases, and drove out many demons; but he did not let them speak, for they knew who he was. Very early in the morning, before daylight, Jesus went off to a lonely place where he prayed. Simon and the others went out also, searching for him; and when they found him, they said, "Everyone is looking for you." Then Jesus answered, "Let's go to the nearby villages so that I may preach there too; for that is why I came." So Jesus set out to preach in all the synagogues throughout Galilee; he also cast out demons.
All men are afraid of death, be it physical death or emotional anguish caused by tragic events, etc. Our normal reaction to such events is one of sorrow or despair. But God invites us not to be sad nor be hopeless. He has sent His Son to become one like us, experiencing problems, tragedies, mistreatment, calumnies, persecution and even excruciating physical death. In him we have an ally, a friend and helper because he himself has undergone the daily trials and sufferings of men. He understands our sufferings so we must not hesitate to approach him in times of need.
In the gospel, Jesus cures the sick, drives away demons and preaches the Good News of the kingdom. Jesus heals men not only of their physical illnesses but also of their spiritual sicknesses. Many people nowadays are sick spiritually. They either live immoral lives or have no idea that God exists. They are not evil per se, but are enslaved by the Evil One. They needs people who can help them. There is a strong need for priests, nuns, counselors, teachers, catechists, etc. who will bring God back into their lives. Man can never be truly happy unless he finds the true center in his life, the meaning and purpose of his existence – and this is to know God, to love Him and to serve Him.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Andy Lecaros
- Virginia Hernandez
- 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
- Lydia and Judo Pe
… for the personal intentions of Jennette
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Luisa Tan
- Rosario Reyes
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: Ramona Marie C. Tan
- Birthday: Lucy M. Eugenio
- Wedding Anniversary: Liza & Manny Salgado
- Wedding Anniversary: Ramon & Chit Marin
- Wedding Anniversary: Lanny & Charito Nañagas
… 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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