Thursday, February 13, 2014
Friday 5th Week in Ordinary Time
Friday 5th Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, Sts, Cyril and Methodius]
1 Kgs 11: 29-32; 12:19 / Ps 81:10-11ab, 12-13, 14-15 / Mk 7: 31-37
Reading: 1 Kgs 11: 29-32; 12: 19
Once, when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah of Shiloh found him on the road. The two of them were alone in the open country when Ahijah, who had a new garment on, clutched and tore it into twelve pieces. He then said to Jeroboam, "Take ten pieces for yourself for this is the word of Yahweh, the God of Israel: 'I am about to tear the kingdom from Solomon's hands to give you ten tribes. Only one tribe shall be left to him for the sake of my servant David and Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel. So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to the present time.
Gospel: Mark 7: 31-37
Again Jesus set out; from the country of Tyre he passed through Sidon and skirting the sea of Galilee he came to the territory of Decapolis. There a deaf man who also had difficulty in speaking was brought to him. They asked Jesus to lay his hand upon him. Jesus took him apart from the crowd, put his fingers into the man's ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then, looking up to heaven, he groaned and said to him, "Ephphetha," that is, "Be opened." And his ears were opened, his tongue was loosened, and he began to speak clearly. Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone, but the more he insisted on this, the more they proclaimed it. The people were completely astonished and said, "He has done all things well; he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak."
"There shall be no strange god among you, you shall not worship any alien god, for I the Lord am your God, who led you forth from the land of Egypt. But my people did not listen; Israel did not obey. So I gave them over to their stubbornness and they followed their own counsels." Ps 81: 10-11ab, 12-13
Our lives are filled to the brim. But what is it filled with? Earning a living and making it big? Becoming successful and rich? Being beautiful and popular? Owning the latest and newest gadgets? Buying a new car or a new house? Going on trips to see and be seen? In the midst of living our life to the fullest, where is God in the everyday of our lives? Are we, through our actions and without conscious thoughts, running after and worshipping "other" gods? Are success, fame and fortune dominating our minds, hearts, and souls? Are we still in touch with what is important in our lives? God? Our family? Our friends? Are we happy with where we are now?
"If only my people would listen, if only Israel would walk in my ways, I would quickly subdue their adversaries and turn my hand against their enemies." Ps 81:14-15
Maybe now is a good time to be still and listen. To take stock of our life. To pray and to listen to our Lord. For he knows what is good for us.
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
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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