January 15, 2015 THURSDAY, 1st Week in Ordinary Time
Heb 3: 7–14 / Mk 1:40-45
Reading: Heb 3: 7-14
Listen to what the Holy Spirit says: If only you would hear God's voice today! Do not be stubborn, as they were in the place called Rebellion, when your ancestors challenged me in the desert, although they had seen my deeds for forty years. That is why I was angry with those people and said: Their hearts are always going astray and they do not understand my ways. I was angry and made a solemn vow: They will never enter my rest.
So, brothers, be careful lest some of you come to have an evil and unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. Encourage one another, day by day, as long as it is called today. Let no one become hardened in the deceitful way of sin. We are associated with Christ provided we hold steadfastly to our initial hope until the end.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 1: 40-45
A leper came to Jesus and begged him, "If you so will, you can make me clean." Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." The leprosy left the man at once and he was made clean. As Jesus sent the man away, he sternly warned him, "Don't tell anyone about this, but go and show yourself to the priest and for the cleansing bring the offering ordered by Moses; in this way you will make your declaration." However, as soon as the man went out, he began spreading the news everywhere, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter any town. But even though he stayed in the rural areas, people came to him from everywhere.
In the first reading, we are reminded to listen to the voice of God and obey His commands. God created us with a free will and so we can choose to do good or to do evil. If we pay close attention, we can see that when we do good, we are happier and we make others happy too. But when we disobey God and do evil, we seem to be happy for a while but end up becoming selfish and distant from God and from our fellowman. We must trust that God's will is the best for us. So we should obey His commands.
In the Gospel, Jesus cures a leper. The leper then goes around the town telling people about what Jesus had done. During those days, to be afflicted with leprosy was a curse. The leper was isolated from society, away from the village and from his loved ones. Everyone avoided contact with him for fear of contagion. We are also lepers, unclean because of our sins and separated from God because of our disobedience. But Jesus wants to cure us so we must go to him for healing. Once we are healed, we are not the same persons anymore. We become new who have a new purpose in our lives – to tell others about the goodness of God and to exhort them to listen to His voice.
What is your leprosy? Have you approached Jesus for healing and, has He done so?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
RAYMOND & CHARLENE BLANCHE YU BANZAL
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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