Monday, January 12, 2015
TUESDAY, 1st Week in Ordinary Time
January 13, 2015 TUESDAY, 1st Week in Ordinary Time
Heb 2: 5-12 / Mk 1: 21-28
[St. Hilary (315 – 368), Bishop of Poitiers, was a leading defender against the Arian heresy.]
From the First Reading: Heb 2: 8b-12
When it is said that God gave him dominion over all things, nothing is excluded. As it is, we do not yet see his dominion over all things. But Jesus who suffered death and for a little while was placed lower than the angels has been crowned with honor and glory. For the merciful plan of God demanded that he experience death on behalf of everyone.
God, from whom all come and by whom all things exist, wanted to bring many children to glory, and he thought it fitting to make perfect through suffering the initiator of their salvation. So he who gives and those who receive holiness are one. He himself is not ashamed of calling us brothers and sisters, as we read: Lord, I will proclaim your name to my brothers; I will praise you in the congregation.
Our Lord sent His son in human form out into this world: quite vulnerable, for in this state, He neither had political nor military power. Jesus carried God's word and continued to trust in His Father. Even if some people doubted Jesus, He stood firm with His words and was consistent in His works. Others may have used dubious methods to gain support; Jesus stayed true to Himself and shared the good news with others. Worldly power may corrupt others to aim for personal gain, but our Lord used his power for the service of humanity.
By being human, Jesus became subject to the same temptations we experience, He did his best to be steadfast and selfless, not yielding to evil. Until His last breath, He encouraged us to be obedient, because in this way He was able to show us that we too as humans can become loving and good.
Because of the vastness of our characteristics, humans can be unpredictable, but this should not stop us from doing what is right. Verse 10 talks about suffering in order to attain glory. This is likened to the hardships we go through for the sake of others. Learning from these experiences can help us attain a new viewpoint in life. That is how God is gently changing us by guiding us through challenges and giving us trials so we may become better people. This helps us the next time we are tied up in a knot. Because we can unknot ourselves by striving for good and by planning our steps according to God's will. We must trust that everything will go according to God's plan.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILYPRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
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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