Thursday, June 06, 2013



JUNE 7, 2013

Tb 11:5-15 / Ps 23: 1-3a. 3b-4. 5. 6 / Mk 12:35-37

Tobit 11:5-15
Now Anna was sitting there, scanning the road along which her son should return. She saw Tobias and Raphael coming in the distance and said to the father of Tobias, "Your son is coming with the man who accompanied him." While Tobias and Raphael were still going along the road, Raphael said to Tobias, "I am sure that your father will regain his sight. Rub his eyes with the fish gall and when he feels his eyes itching, he will rub them and the film will come away like scales from his eyes. He will regain his sight and see the light." Anna ran to meet Tobias and threw her arms around his neck saying, "At last I have seen you again, my child. Now I can die!" And both of them began to cry. Tobit also got up and, stumbling, arrived at the door of the courtyard. Tobias ran to him with the fish gall in his hand. He breathed on his father's eyes, embraced him and said, "Father, have confidence!" Then he spread the fish gall on Tobit's eyes. Tobias waited. When his eyes began to itch, Tobit rubbed them and with both hands scaled off the film from the corners of his eyes. When Tobit saw his son he threw his arms around Tobias' neck and began to weep. He said, "Blessed be you, O God. Blessed be your Name forever. Blessed be your holy angels. You have punished me, but you have taken pity on me, and now I can see my son, Tobias." Tobias was very happy. After entering the house he told his father about the important things that had happened in Media. He told his father about the successful outcome of his journey, how he got the money, and how he married Sara, daughter of Ragouel, who just then was approaching the gates of Nineveh.

Mark 12:35-37
As Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he said, "The teachers of the Law say that the Messiah is the son of David. How can that be? For David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, declared: The Lord said to my Lord, `Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet!' If David himself calls him Lord, in what way can he be his son?" Many people came to Jesus, and listened to him gladly.

Mark tells us that Jesus is both David's son and Lord. Jesus was a descendant of David through Joseph, his foster father. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, David proclaimed that his future heir would be the Messiah, the Son of God and his Lord.

When Christ asked the crowd how was it that the son of David is the Messiah, Jesus was trying to show them that the coming Messiah was more than a political leader. The Jews at that time were waiting for a Messiah who would make Israel dominant. Christ pointed out that the Messiah would come to establish the Kingdom of God where he will sit at the right hand of the Father.

Jesus wanted the Jews to know, especially those who questioned his identity, to have faith in him. Even today, many of us have little faith in him. How well do we know Christ? It will be difficult to believe and trust Christ when you do not know him very well. Thus, it is important that we put an effort to know him by reading the bible and listening to the Liturgy of the Word in the Eucharistic celebration. By doing so, it will be easy for us to follow him closer and love him deeper. As we hear the word of Christ, let us receive him with open minds and hearts the way the crowd listened intently to him.

How well do we know Jesus? Can we defend our faith and be effective bearers of Christ's good news to others by the way we live?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- NIck Lucena
- Auring Malabayabas
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Cely Katigbak
- Pilar David, Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, Mon Torres, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
- Marella Quicho
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo,Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Lilia Yang
- Serafina Falcon
- Amparo Suntay
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: Daniel Bables
- Birthday: Susan Dee
- Birthday: Daniela Rica T. Cheng
- Birthday: Atty. Juni Ho Gotamco
- Wedding Anniversary: James & Susan Chua
… 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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