Thursday, May 23, 2013
FRIDAY 7TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
MAY 24, 2013
FRIDAY 7TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Sir 6:5-17 / Ps 119: 12. 16. 18. 27. 34. 35 / Mk 10:1-12
A gentle word makes many friends, an agreeable tongue calls forth gracious re plies. Let your friends be many; but your counselors, one in a thousand! If you would gain a friend, begin by testing him and do not put your confidence in him too quickly. For there is the friend who is such when it suits him but he does not remain faithful in the time of your adversity. There is the friend who becomes an enemy and, to your confusion, makes known why you quarreled. There is the friend who shares your table but does not remain faith- ful when things go against you. In times of prosperity he will be like your shad ow and he will speak freely to those of your household. But if you are humiliated, he will turn against you and will avoid meeting you. Distance yourself from your enemies and be careful about your friends. The faithful friend is a secure refuge; whoever has found one has found a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond all price; hold him as priceless. A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, and those who fear the Lord will find one. Whoever fears the Lord will make true friends for, as a man is, such will his friend be.
Jesus then left that place and went to the province of Judea, beyond the Jordan River. Once more crowds gathered around him and once more he taught them, as he always did. Some (Pharisees came and) put him to the test with this question, "Is it right for a husband to divorce his wife?" He replied, "What law did Moses give you?" They answered, "Moses allowed us to write a certificate of dismissal in order to divorce." Then Jesus said to them, "Moses wrote this law for you, because you are stubborn. But in the beginning of creation God made them male and female, and because of this, man has to leave father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one body. So they are no longer two but one body. Therefore let no one separate what God has joined." When they were indoors at home, the disciples again asked him about this, and he told them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against his wife, and the woman who divorces her husband and marries another also commits adultery."
The gospel teaches us about the sanctity of the sacrament of marriage. It is truly God's will for us to be faithful to our marriage vows. Christ said that husband and wife become one flesh and thus "let no one separate what God has joined" (Mark 10:9).
God has given us the laws and commandments so that we can live in peace, love and happiness. However, we have been continuously questioning God's authority upon us, His creation. Because of our stubbornness, we make our own laws to suit our selfish interests. Moses wrote a law on divorce not because he agreed to divorce. He disapproved divorce because it is against God's commandment. His intention was to discourage the Jews from getting divorced by having to undergo difficult procedures for the divorce to take effect. Yet, this did not stop the Jews from divorcing their spouses. Even today, we have become so proud and materialistic to the point of being gods ourselves. We live in a busy and materialistic world that we disregard the teachings of God. We stubbornly change the laws to fit our whimsical, capricious and selfish ways. Laws on divorce and abortion are passed without regard to their effects. Studies have shown that children of divorced parents suffer tremendous emotional and psychological pain. Women who underwent abortion live a life of guilt and regret.
Let us follow God's will for us, His children, the way Christ loved and obeyed his Father, and so enjoy the fruits that will bring to our lives – love, peace, and joy.
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
- Margie Guingon
- Carmina Estrada
- Fr. Peter Chuang, SJ
… for the personal intentions of
- Luis Gonzalez
- Rosario Gonzalez and Frances Marie Gonzalez
… In Memoriam: Bernardo Santiago Jr.
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Alejandro Lecaros. Eternal rest grant unto him 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: Elizabeth Go
- In Memoriam (+): Rudy Qua
… 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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