Wednesday, March 06, 2013
THURSDAY 3RD WEEK OF LENT YEAR I
MEMORIAL, STS PERPETUA AND FELICITY, MARTYRS
THURSDAY 3RD WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
Jer 7:23-28 / Ps 95: 1-2. 6-7. 8-9 / Lk 11:14-23
One thing I did command them: Listen to my voice and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in the way I command you and all will be well with you. But they did not listen and paid no attention; they followed the bad habits of their stubborn heart and turned away from me. From the time I brought their fore bearers out of Egypt until this day I have continually sent them my servants, the prophets, but this stiff-necked people did not listen. They paid no attention and were worse than their fore bearers. You may say all these things to them but they will not listen; you will call them but they will not answer. This is a nation that did not obey Yahweh and refused to be disciplined; truth has perished and is no longer heard from their lips.
One day Jesus was driving out a demon, which was mute. When the demon had been driven out, the mute person could speak, and the people were amazed. Yet some of them said, "He drives out demons by the power of Beelzebul, the chief of the demons." Others wanted to put him to the test, by asking him for a heavenly sign. But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, "Every nation divided by civil war is on the road to ruin, and will fall. If Satan also is divided, his empire is coming to an end. How can you say that I drive out demons by calling upon Beelzebul? If I drive them out by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons drive out demons? They will be your judges, then. But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, would not this mean that the kingdom of God has come upon you? As long as a man, strong and well armed, guards his house, his goods are safe. But when a stronger man attacks and overcomes him, the challenger takes away all the weapons he relied on, and disposes of his spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me, scatters.
In both readings, we can see how much man has disappointed God. Although we have been unfaithful and ungrateful to God, we can also see God's mercy and love for us even if He admonishes. How can we be so blind and not realize that what our hearts have been seeking is right in front of us – Jesus? We keep looking for signs and answers everywhere when Jesus has been proclaiming God's message of love to us all along.
Let us ask from God the grace of openness and complete trust in Him. Let us also continue to lead our hearts back to where they belong – in the bosom of God's love and mercy.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Eufrocina Navarro
- Toots Monfort
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Andy Lecaros, Virginia Hernandez, Mon Torres, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Eufrocenri Navarro
- Beny Chua
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Bernadine Boychief
- David Orange
- Cliff Utter
- Msgr. William Van Ommeren
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.
… 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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