Sunday, May 19, 2013



MAY 20, 2013

Sir 1:1-10 / Ps 93: 1ab. 1cd-2. 5 / Mk 9:14-29

Sirach 1:1-10
All wisdom comes from the Lord and endures with him forever. The grains of sand, the drops of rain and the days of eternity, who can count them? The height of heaven, the extent of the earth and the depths of the abyss, who can measure them? Wisdom was created before all things and the prudent intellect before the beginning of time. To whom was the source of Wisdom revealed? Who has known her secret designs? One alone is wise and greatly to be feared. The One who is seated upon his throne. The Lord himself created Wisdom. He looked on her and knew her value. He poured her out over all his works; upon all mortal beings, in accordance with his goodness. He lavished her on those who love him.

Mark 9:14-29
When they came to the place where they had left the disciples, they saw many people around them and some teachers of the Law arguing with them. When the people saw Jesus, they were astonished and ran to greet him. He asked, "What are you arguing about with them?" A man answered him from the crowd, "Master, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit, deaf and mute. Whenever the spirit seizes him, it throws him down and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth and becomes stiff all over. I asked your disciples to drive the spirit out, but they could not." Jesus replied, "You faithless people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him. As soon as the spirit saw Jesus, it shook and convulsed the boy, who fell on the ground and began rolling about, foaming at the mouth. Then Jesus asked the father, "How long has this been happening to him?" He replied, "From childhood. And it has often thrown him into the fire and into the water to destroy him. If you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." Jesus said to him, "Why do you say, `If you can'? All things are possible for one who believes." Immediately the father of the boy cried out, "I do believe, but help the little faith I have." Jesus saw that the crowd was increasing rapidly, so he ordered the evil spirit, "Dumb and deaf spirit, I command you: Leave the boy and never enter him again." The evil spirit shook and convulsed the boy and with a terrible shriek came out. The boy lay like a corpse and people said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him and the boy stood up. After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive out the spirit?" And he answered, "Only prayer can drive out this kind, nothing else."

Jesus had just come down from the mountain of Transfiguration and his face was beaming. When the people saw him, they walked towards him. He asked them what was happening and learned that his disciples were not able to solve the problem of the boy with a spirit, a deaf mute. Jesus rebuked his disciples for their lack of faith, and asked the boy to be brought to him. The parents pleaded to him, saying, "...Have pity on us and help us, if you possibly can!" (Mark 9:22) Jesus replied, "Yes, if you yourselves can! Everything is possible for the person who has faith" (Mark 9:23). And he drove away the dumb and deaf spirit from the boy.

How many times in our lives have we been beset with problems seemingly impossible to solve? How many times have we been troubled? How have we coped with these? How have we drawn from our well of faith? In the passage, the father's reply was, "I do have faith, but not enough. Help me have more!" And the boy was healed.

Let us pray to the Holy Spirit to give us the grace of true faith.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
… for the personal intentions of
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo, Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
- Pauline
- Beny Chua
… In Memoriam: Justina E. Custodio and Valentin Custodio
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Eleanor Shaw Go
- Alejandro Lecaros
- McLarry San Antonio
- Fernando Basada
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.
- Thanksgiving: Cecilia Lim Yu
- Thanksgiving: Lourdes C. Ting
… 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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