Friday, January 18, 2013



JANUARY 19, 2013

Heb 4:12-16 / Ps 19: 8. 9. 10. 15 / Mk 2:13-17

HEBREWS 4:12-16
For the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword. It pierces to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and judges the intentions and thoughts of the heart. All creation is transparent to Him; everything is uncovered and laid bare to the eyes of Him to whom we render account. We have a great High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God, who has entered heaven. Let us, then, hold fast to the faith we profess. Our high priest is not indifferent to our weaknesses, for he was tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sinning. Let us, then, with confidence approach the throne of grace; we will obtain mercy and, through his favor, help in due time.

MARK 2:13-17
When Jesus went out again beside the lake, a crowd came to him, and he taught them. As he walked along, he saw a tax collector sitting in his office. This was Levi, the son of Alpheus. Jesus said to him, "Follow me!" And Levi got up and followed him. And it so happened that when Jesus was eating in Levi's house, tax collectors and sinners sat with him and his disciples; there were a lot of them, and they used to follow Jesus. But Pharisees, men educated in the Law, when they saw Jesus eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, "Why does your master eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" Jesus heard them, and answered, "Healthy people don't need a doctor, but sick people do. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

We always have an open invitation from Jesus to follow him. The big question is what does it really mean to follow Jesus? Some of us will say, "We are following Jesus because we hear mass every Sunday." Some will say, "We are good and religious persons so we are following Jesus." The answers are correct but following Jesus means more than attending mass on Sundays and being good persons.

Following Jesus means repenting for our sins and starting a renewed life with him. It means developing a personal relationship with him through daily prayers and regular bible reading. It means going the extra mile to imitate Jesus in everything we do. Jesus did not promise us that life will be easy if we follow him. Aside from receiving Jesus' overflowing blessings and graces, we will also experience trials and difficulties in our life. That was why Jesus said that it is the sick who needs the doctor. We should strengthen our faith and trust that Jesus will always be there for us when we acknowledge our need for his healing.

What will be our response when Jesus calls us to follow him? Do we respond like Levi in the gospel who got up and followed Jesus without asking questions? Or do we tell Jesus to wait since we still want to enjoy our worldly life?

Life is too short. We do not know when we will face our Creator. It is not too late for us to say yes to Jesus and follow him wholeheartedly without delay.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Lydia and Judo Pe
- Melencio Go
- Nick Lucena
… for the personal intentions of
- Jennette
- Pauline
- Joy
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Andy Lecaros
- Virginia Hernandez
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Kasmira Simone Ortiga
- In Memoriam (+): Thomas Chan Sy
… 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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