Wednesday, January 23, 2013



JANUARY 24, 2013

Heb 7:25—8:6 / Ps 40: 7-8a. 8b-9. 10. 17 / Mk 3:7-12

HEBREWS 7:25—8:6
Consequently he is able to save for all time those who approach God through him. He always lives to intercede on their behalf. It was fitting that our High Priest be holy, undefiled, set apart from sinners and exalted above the heavens; a priest who does not first need to offer sacrifice for himself before offering for the sins of the people, as high priests do. He offered himself in sacrifice once and for all. And where as the Law elected weak men as high priests, now, after the Law, the word of God with an oath appointed the Son, made perfect forever. The main point of what we are saying is that we have a high priest. He is seated at the right hand of the divine majesty in heaven, where he serves as minister of the true temple and sanctuary, set up not by any mortal but by the Lord. A high priest is appointed to offer to God gifts and sacrifices, and Jesus also has to offer some sacrifice. Had he remained on earth, he would not be a priest, since others offer the gifts according to the Law. In fact, the ritual celebrated by those priests is only an imitation and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary. We know the word of God to Moses with regard to the construction of the holy tent. He said: You are to make everything according to the pattern shown to you on the mountain. Now, however, Jesus enjoys a much higher ministry in being the mediator of a better covenant, founded on better promises.

MARK 3:7-12
Jesus and his disciples withdrew to the lakeside, and a large crowd from Galilee followed him. A great number of people also came from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, Transjordan, and from the region of Tyre and Sidon, for they had heard of all that he was doing. Because of the crowd, Jesus told his disciples to have a boat ready for him, to prevent the people from crushing him. He healed so many, that all who had diseases kept pressing towards him to touch him. Even the people who had evil spirits, whenever they saw him, they would fall down before him and cry out, "You are the Son of God." But he warned them sternly not to tell anyone who he was.

When we are very sick, we try all means to get healed. We go to the best doctors, but sometimes this does not help. In our helplessness, we even try medicines which we heard have healed others even these are not prescribed to us. Then we seek faith healers. Yes, we hope for miracles for our healing.

In the Gospel, we find Jesus being sought by many sick people who wanted to be healed. They have heard of the many miracles that Jesus had been doing. With their faith, that even by just touching his cloak, they hoped to be healed from their illness. They believed that only Jesus can do this by the fact that even the evil spirits recognized him as the Son of God.

The miracles of Jesus which they have either experienced or witnessed led the people to seek him. Do we also seek Jesus in our life? Do we seek him only because of our need for healing or because we recognize him as the Son of God, our brother and savior? How are we seeking him daily in our life?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Paz
- Lydia and Judo Pe
- Nick Lucena
… for the personal intentions of Jennette
… Birthday: Grace Yu
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Thelma Idaba
- Wedding Anniversary: Gervin & Rosabel Kaw
… 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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