Tuesday, May 28, 2013



MAY 29, 2013

Sir 36:1,5-6,10-17 / Ps 79: 8. 9. 11 and 13 / Mk 10:32-45

Sirach 36:1,5-6,10-17
Have mercy on us, Master, God of all, and look on us; make every nation stand in fear of you. Give new signs, do fresh wonders, stretch out your hand and be glorified in your strength. Kindle your fury and rouse your anger, destroy your opponents, crush your enemy. Gather all the tribes of Jacob, give them back their inheritance as in the beginning. Have pity, Lord, on the people known by your Name, on Israel whom you called your firstborn. Show compassion to the holy city, to Jerusalem where you rest. Fill Zion with the fame of your wonders, and your people with your glory. Confirm the promises made to your people long ago and fulfill the promises made in your name. Reward those who wait for you and fulfill the words of your prophets. Hear the prayer of your servants, Lord; hear your priests giving Aaron's blessing to your people. So that all on earth may acknowledge that you are Lord and everlasting God.

Mark 10:32-45
They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead. The Twelve were anxious, and those who followed were afraid. Once more Jesus took the Twelve aside to tell them what was to happen to him. "You see we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be given over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law. They will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the foreigners, who will make fun of him, spit on him, scourge him, and finally kill him; but three days later he will rise." James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, "Master, we want you to grant us what we are going to ask of you." And he said, "What do you want me to do for you?" They answered, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, when you come in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You don't know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized in the way I am baptized?" They answered, "We can." And Jesus told them, "The cup that I drink you will drink, and you will be baptized in the way that I am baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant. It has been prepared for others." On hearing this, the other ten were angry with James and John. Jesus then called them to him and said, "As you know, the so-called rulers of the nations act as tyrants, and their great ones oppress them. But it shall not be so among you; whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you shall make himself slave of all. Think of the Son of Man, who has not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life to redeem many."

The gospel reveals to us that God's thoughts are not our thoughts. His ways are not our ways. The apostles James and John, seeing that Jesus was a great leader of men, ask to be allotted positions of importance once he establishes his messianic kingdom. They did not understand the nature of Jesus' future kingship. So Jesus tells them clearly that to be his disciple, one has to be ready to suffer and not just to become someone important. Jesus does not scold the two of them nor the other ten apostles who complain about the two. Instead he tells them that the path to greatness is by being a servant, in being a small one. Eventually they will understand what he is saying because they will give glory to God by dying for Him as martyrs in the future.

Do we really accept Jesus' concept of greatness? Or do we inwardly think him to be foolish? Yet how many times have we been edified by the saints who in their poverty, humility and simple kindness have converted many men to the faith? Let us learn from Jesus who, through his humility and self-sacrifice, has shown us his true greatness.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Joaquin F. Gonzalez
- Pilar David, Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, Mon Torres, and Fleur Torres
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Nick Lucena
… for the personal intentions of
- Jaime F. Gonzalez
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo,Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
- J. Joseph
- Pauline
- Beny Chua
- Emma Quicho
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Jose "Pete" P. Ribas
- Natividad Cuasay Diangkinay
- Irene Suzanne M. Centeno
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.
- Birthday: Alessandra Justine Yu Ampil
- Wedding Anniversary: Allen & Juliet Gotamco Dy
- Thanksgiving: Sr. Nancy Vy, MIC
… 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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