Monday, February 17, 2014
Tuesday 6th Week in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 6th Week in Ordinary Time
Jas 1: 12-18 / Ps 94:12-13a, 14-15, 18-19 / Mk 8: 14-21
Reading: Jas 1:12-18
Happy are those who patiently endure trials, because afterwards they will receive the crown of life which the Lord promised to those who love him. No one, when tempted, should say, "This temptation comes from God." God is never tempted and he can never tempt anyone. Instead, each of us is lured and enticed by our own evil desire. Once this desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when fully grown, gives birth to death. Do not be deceived, my beloved. Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of Light, in whom there is no change or shadow of a change. By his own will he gave us life through the Word of Truth, that we might be a kind of offering to him among his creatures.
Gospel: Mark 8: 14-21
The disciples had forgotten to bring more bread and had only one loaf with them in the boat. Then Jesus warned them, "Keep your eyes open and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod." And they said to one another, "He saw that we have no bread." Aware of this, Jesus asked them, "Why are you talking about the loaves you are short of? Do you not see or understand? Are your minds closed? Have you eyes that don't see and ears that don't hear? And do you not remember when I broke the five loaves among five thousand? How many baskets full of leftovers did you collect?" They answered, "Twelve." And having seven loaves for the four thousand, how many wicker baskets of leftovers did you collect?" They answered, "Seven." Then Jesus said to them, "Do you still not understand?"
The first reading tells us clearly that God does not tempt man to do evil actions. It is the devil who does that. When we are able to resist a temptation, our faith and love for God grows stronger. But when we succumb to the temptation, we realize our human frailty and inability to do good all the time. Let us not be discouraged but ask forgiveness from God or the person we have sinned against. If necessary, let us confess our evil deeds to a priest. Then after sincere repentance, we stand up and go to battle again with the devil who will keep on tempting us to sin. Let our failures to do good make us more humble and prayerful to the Lord who will come to our aid in times of difficulties or temptations.
In the gospel, after Jesus had a discussion with the Pharisees, he tells his disciples to be on guard against their mentality. But the disciples who have forgotten to bring food with them thought he is talking about bread. So Jesus rebukes them saying why they are so concerned about food when they have already seen so many miracles he has performed producing food for them and for the people.
Sometimes we are like the disciples who are overly concerned with material needs and not trust in the Lord's ability to provide. We have short-term memory when our bellies start to growl. We are no better than the animals who are always looking for food. We should laugh at our shallowness because that is what we are at times. Then let us remember that we have a mission as spiritual guides for this generation.
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
* Renan Lacida
... for world peace and reconciliation.
... for special intentions
* Fr. Maximo Barbero SJ and those of PGH chaplaincy, doctors, nurses, aides, workers and patients
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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