Tuesday, May 21, 2013



MAY 22, 2013

Sir 4:11-19 / Ps 119: 165. 168. 171. 172. 174. 175 / Mk 9:38-40

Sirach 4:11-19
Wisdom brings up her children and takes care of those who look for her. Whoever loves her loves life. Those who rise early in the morning in search of her will be filled with joy. Whoever possesses her will have glory and wherever he goes blessings will follow. Those who serve her are ministers of the Holy One; those who love her are loved of the Lord. He who listens to her will have good judgment. He who obeys her will rest in safety. Whoever trusts in her will possess her and his children after him will inherit her. For in the beginning she will lead him by rough paths, causing him to fear and be terrified; she will plague him with her discipline until she can count on him; and she will put him to the test by her demands. Then she will lead him on a level path, give him joy and reveal her secrets to him. But if he wanders from the path, she will abandon him and allow him to be lost.

Mark 9:38-40
John said to him, "Master, we saw someone who drove out demons by calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him because he does not belong to our group." Jesus answered, "Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in my name can soon after speak evil of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.

In the first reading, Ben Sirach explains how Wisdom educates those who seek her. She tests them with ordeals but in the end will lead them to the straight path. How many of us truly seek wisdom? Most people look for success, fame, fortune and a number of other things but very few seek wisdom. Why? Because to seek wisdom is to take the narrow but straight path. God does not abandon man to himself. Through events, good and bad, man starts to realize that he must seek wisdom. God gives all men a choice and many choose not to have wisdom. But when he gets older, he will realize he has made the wrong choice. But for those who from their youth have been seeking God, the fountain of wisdom, God will reveal Himself to them. God will teach them to be wise. And if they persevere on this path, their lives will be full of good things despite the hardships they may have to bear. They grow wiser and mature in the ways of God and in turn can teach others to be wise.

In the gospel, Jesus wisely tells his disciples not to stop other people from speaking in his name. As long as we have the same purpose, which is to serve God, we must not pick a fight or antagonize other people in the Church just because they belong to another group or have a different charism. We must embrace all men of goodwill and collaborate with them when the opportunity presents itself. What is important is that each person remains faithful to the calling he has received from God. The more workers in God's vineyard, the better it will be for the growth and development of the Church.

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
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Jing Remo
- Birthday: Lesley Castillo-Meoli
- Birthday: Gemma Rita R. Marin
- In Memoriam (+): Ramon Ng Tong (Sept 21, 1916 - May 22, 2001)
- In Memoriam (+): Atty. Jose Layug (Jun 19, 1942 - May 22, 2002)
… 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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