January 30, 2014
Thursday 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
2 Sm 7:18-19, 24-29/ Ps 132:1-2, 3-5, 11, 12, 13-14/ Mk 4: 21-25
Reading: 2 Sm 7: 18-19, 24-29
Then King David went in, sat before Yahweh and said, "Who am I, O Yahweh God, and who is my family that you have brought me so far? Yet this was not enough for you, O Yahweh God, for you have also spoken of your servant's house for a long time to come. Is this the way men act, O Yahweh God? You have set apart your people Israel to become your people forever; and you, Yahweh, have become their God. Now, O Yahweh God, keep forever the promise you made and have now revealed to me regarding myself and my family, that your name may be honored forever and people may say, 'Yahweh of hosts is God over Israel.' The house of your servant David will be secure before you because you, O Yahweh of hosts, God of Israel, have made it known to your servant and have said to him: 'Your family will last forever.' This is why I have dared to address this prayer to you. So now, O Yahweh God, since you are the faithful God, and have promised me this good thing, please bless my descendants, that they may continue forever before you. For you, O Yahweh God, have spoken and, with your blessing, my family shall be blessed forever."
Gospel: Mk 4: 21-25
Jesus also said to them, "When the light comes, is it to be put under a tub or a bed? Surely it is put on a lampstand. Whatever is hidden will be disclosed, and whatever is kept secret will be brought to light. Listen then, if you have ears!" And he also said to them, "Pay attention to what you hear. In the measure you give, so shall you receive and still more will be given to you. For to the one who produces something, more will be given, and from him who does not produce anything, even what he has will be taken away from him."
When David prayed to God saying: "...you make your promises extend to the House of your servant for a far-distant future ..." he realized that it was beyond his vision. God had plans for the nation of Israel but not according to man's limited understanding because it was God himself who will build it. Men are just partners in the historical process. Remember, that the Israelites understood that man cannot gaze at God because he will surely perish. Man's finite capacity cannot comprehend that which is infinite. This is why, in order for man to understand, it would take the initiative of God to reveal it in a way that his finite capacity can understand. This is through Jesus. Now, seeing God is possible. When we see Jesus, we can see God and not perish. Jesus comes as the Light to a world in darkness. His light is to be held up as a beacon for all to be led out of our sinful world of darkness and into the light of his presence and love. He will show us the way towards the "House" that David once spoke of - far, far into the distant future. We are also told to listen. If we abide and remain in his love and light, we can become fruitful because we will share in that vision for the building up of the "Kingdom of God." We are given the choice whether or not to respond to his invitation to come into the light and hold it up for others to see.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
... for families who are in need of healing
* for the successful operation of Feliciana Bonsol
... for the special intentions of
* Saymon Paul Maldiza
... 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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