Monday, January 28, 2013
TUESDAY 3RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
TUESDAY 3RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Heb 10:1-10 / Ps 40: 2 and 4ab. 7-8a. 10. 11 / Mk 3:31-35
The religion of the Law is only a shadow of the good things to come; it has the patterns but not the realities. So, year after year, the same sacrifices are offered without bringing the worshipers to what is the end. If they had been cleansed once and for all, they would no longer have felt guilt and would have stopped offering the same sacrifices. But no, year after year their sacrifices witness to their sins and never will the blood of bulls and goats take away these sins. This is why on entering the world, Christ says: You did not desire sacrifice and offering; you were not pleased with burnt offerings and sin offerings. Then I said: "Here I am. It was written of me in the scroll. I will do your will, O God." First he says: Sacrifice, offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire nor were you pleased with them—although they were required by the Law. Then he says: Here I am to do your will. This is enough to nullify the first will and establish the new. Now, by this will of God, we are sanctified once and for all by the sacrifice of the body of Christ Jesus.
Then his mother and his brothers came. As they stood outside, they sent someone to call him. The crowd sitting around Jesus told him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you." He replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking around at those who sat there, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me."
There is another gospel that helps us to understand this gospel better. The gospel of Luke says: "If any man comes to me and hates not his father and mother and wife and children and brethren and sisters and his own life, he cannot be my disciple." There is danger that sometimes because of our affections and family ties, this "love" or affection may get in the way of doing the will of God. Sometimes, these people can become gods of our lives. A god is something or someone that we worship, idolize, give priority to in order to get life out of them. We may be mistaken in thinking that we can get life out of people. And when we do, we start to treat them like gods. And we may start not to love God above all other gods. That is why the condition of being a disciple requires that we set our priorities right; that we set our sights first on the kingdom of God and all the rest will be given to us as well, and not the other way around. From this we see that it is not easy to become a disciple of Christ, and Christ knows this very well. He knows what is most important, what is going to be the real food, and that is to do the will of God and not the will of his mother or brothers and certainly not his own will.
This gospel is invaluable when we are confronted with certain decisions in life where we compromise the will of God with our own will, with our affections that may get in the way of following God. What helps us to have a clear discernment and determination to put God first is to realize and be filled with love for God in all things. Being a disciple is a radical choice. To love is a radical choice. But the reward is peace and joy in the heavenly kingdom.
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
- Lydia and Judo Pe
… for the personal intentions of
- Emma Quicho
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Mrs. Fely M. Posadas
- Edna D. Fundan
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: Henley T. Uy
- In Memoriam (+): Librada M Ong
… 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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