Monday, May 20, 2013



MAY 21, 2013

Sir 2:1-11 / Ps 37: 3-4. 18-19. 27-28. 39-40 / Mk 9:30-37

Sirach 2:1-11
My son, if you have decided to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials. Keep your heart upright and remain resolute; do not be upset in the time of adversity. Hold fast to the Lord, do not separate yourself from him so that you may be successful to the end of your days. Accept all that happens to you, be patient when you are hum- bled, for as gold is tested in the fire, so those acceptable to God are tested in the crucible of humiliation. Have confidence in him and he will take care of you; follow the right path and hope in him. You who fear the Lord, wait for his mercy and do not turn away lest you fall. You who fear the Lord, trust him and you will not lose your reward. You who fear the Lord, hope for all good things; hope for eternal joy and mercy. Remember what happened to your ancestors. Who has ever trusted in the Lord and been confounded? Who has persevered in fear of the Lord and been abandoned? Who has called upon him and not been heard?

Mark 9:30-37
After leaving that place, they made their way through Galilee; but Jesus did not want people to know where he was because he was teaching his disciples. And he told them, "The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, but three days after he has been killed, he will rise." The disciples, however, did not understand these words and they were afraid to ask him what he meant. They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, Jesus asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?" But they did not answer, because they had been arguing about who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve and said to them, "If someone wants to be first, let him be last of all and servant of all." Then he took a little child, placed him in their midst, and putting his arms around him he said to them, "Whoever welcomes a child such as this in my name, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes not me but the One who sent me."

The disciples of Jesus were arguing as to who among them was the greatest. Even at that time, power play already existed. No different today. There are so many so-called prayer community groups. The elders or senior members of many of these groups claim to be "servants" but conduct themselves as anything but. The purpose and mission are good, however, the desire for recognition is ever present and there appears to be so much power play and intrigue amongst them, defeating the purpose of why the prayer groups were created in the first place. They lose focus. So then, Jesus takes a child, probably at play, and announces that whoever welcomes one child welcomes him and his Father in heaven. In taking the child in his arms, Jesus shows to us that God himself is playful, taking delight in the world he sustains. How disappointed Jesus must feel with our world today where children are neglected and abused, malnourished and uneducated, having to sell sampaguitas (or even themselves) to sustain their folks when it should be the other way around. The Catholic Church does what it can to act according to Jesus' wishes, welcoming children needing in food, shelter, counseling through its ministries, but there are so many, oh, so many. Parents, teachers, persons who are engaged in the care of children receive enormous blessings from God for their work.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Alfonso Marquez III
- Pilar David, Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, Mon Torres, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Pauline
- Beny Chua
.. Birthday: Chito Dychioco
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Fernando Basada. Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Dada M. Del Carmen
- Birthday: Ronielle T. De Jesus
- Wedding Anniversary: George & Evelyn Wong
- Wedding Anniversary: Cecille & Nam Le
- In Memoriam (+): Go Kun 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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