Thursday, March 14, 2013
FRIDAY 4TH WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
MARCH 15, 2013
FRIDAY 4TH WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
Wis 2:1,12-22 / Ps 34: 17-18. 19-20. 21 and 23 / Jn 7:1-2,10,25-30
Led by mistaken reasons they think, "Life is short and sad and there is no cure for death. It was never heard that anyone came back from the netherworld. Let us set a trap for the righteous, for he annoys us and opposes our way of life; he reproaches us for our breaches of the Law and accuses us of being false to our upbringing. He claims knowledge of God and calls himself son of the Lord. He has become a reproach to our way of thinking; even to meet him is burdensome to us. He does not live like others and behaves strangely. According to him we have low standards, so he keeps aloof from us as if we were unclean. He emphasizes the happy end of the righteous and boasts of having God as father. Let us see the truth of what he says and find out what his end will be. If the righteous is a son of God, God will de fend him and deliver him from his adversaries. Let us humble and torture him to prove his self-control and test his patience. When we have condemned him to a shameful death, we may test his words." This is the way they reason, but they are mistaken, blinded by their malice. They do not know the mysteries of God nor do they hope for the reward of a holy life; they do not believe that the blameless will be recompensed.
After this Jesus went around Galilee; he would not go about in Judea, because the Jews wanted to kill him. Now the Jewish feast of the Tents was at hand. But after his brothers had gone to the festival, he also went up, not publicly but in secret. Some of the people of Jerusalem said, "Is this not the man they want to kill? And here he is speaking freely, and they don't say a word to him? Can it be that the rulers know that this is really the Christ? Yet we know where this man comes from; but when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from." So Jesus announced in a loud voice in the Temple court where he was teaching, "You say that you know me and know where I come from! I have not come of myself; I was sent by the One who is true, and you don't know him. I know him for I come from him and he sent me." They would have arrested him, but no one laid hands on him because his time had not yet come.
It is not easy to be good. No one desires to be reminded to live a virtuous life, especially when all around us, evil ways seem to profit and enjoy acclaim and material benefit for oneupmanship taking advantage of others, being unkind with our snide remarks, expecting others to be good just because we are good to them. Yet it is to a very narrow road that we are directed. The First Reading advises us to have other standards, to be different, to be righteous. These will challenge us to take the straight path, test our humility, and perhaps even bring us to some form of death. But in God's mysterious ways we shall receive the rewards of a life well-lived and blameless in His eyes.
Dear Jesus, lead me by the hand. When it is very tempting to do things You do not desire for me, remind me that the good heart You have set within me should beat for You alone. Amen.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the personal intentions of
- Ma. Angeli Marmeto
- Carol O Lucena
- Cherie Torres
- Renan and Jo Lacida
- Gloria Dorsey
- Andrew Guri
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Lorenzo Gil Enriquez
- Birthday: Claro Siaco
- Birthday: Abraham Y. Sim
- In Memoriam (+): Ma. Ana Llamado
… 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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