Sunday, February 16, 2014
Monday 6th Week in Ordinary Time
February 17, 2014
Monday 6th Week in Ordinary Time
[Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites]
Jas 1: 1-11/ Ps 119: 67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 76 / Mk 8:11-13
Reading: Jas 1: 1-11
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, sends greetings to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations. Consider yourselves fortunate, my brothers and sisters, when you meet with every kind of trial, for you know that the testing of your faith makes you steadfast. Let your steadfastness become perfect with deeds, that you yourselves may be perfect and blameless, without any defect. If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God who gives to all easily and unconditionally. But ask with faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave driven and tossed on the sea by the wind. Such a person should not expect anything from the Lord, since the doubter has two minds and his conduct will always be insecure. Let the believer who is poor boast in been uplifted, and let the rich one boast in being humbled, because he will pass away like the flower of the field. The sun rises and its heat dries the grass; the flower withers and its beauty vanishes. So, too, will the rich person fade away even in the midst of his pursuits.
Gospel: Mk 8:11-13
The Pharisees came and started to argue with Jesus. Hoping to embarrass him, they asked for some heavenly sign. Then his spirit was moved. He gave a deep sigh and said, "Why do the people of this present time ask for a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this people." Then he left them, got into the boat again and went to the other side of the lake.
In exasperation, Jesus lamented how the Pharisees remained blind to the things Jesus has said and done. It only shows that they look but do not see, listen but do not hear. No matter what kind of sign you give, this kind of faith will never see the truth. This kind of people merely look OUT to God and wait for him to make things happen. They fail to look INTO themselves and see how God has equipped and called them to be His instruments.
The signs of God's love are all around us and yet what is more visible to us are the counter-signs: war, famine, hunger, hatred, death. Thus, we question God's presence. We demand that He prove His love to us without seeing that the counter- signs are proof of our own lack of love for God and for others. We want a miracle but fail to see that we ARE the miracles! And, it is through us that God will continue to show His love for the world.
Are you willing to be the miracle for the world?
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 special intentions
... 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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