Friday, January 30, 2015
SATURDAY, 3rd WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
January 31, 2015 SATURDAY, 3rd WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
St.John Bosco, Priest
Heb 11: 1-2, 8–19 / Mk 4: 35–41
[St. John Bosco (1815 – 1888) founded the Salesian Society, named in honor of St. Francis de Sales, and the Daughters of Our Lady, Help of Christians.]
Reading: Heb 11: 1-2, 8–19
Faith is the assurance of what we hope for, being certain of what we cannot see. Because of their faith our ancestors were approved.
It was by faith that Abraham, called by God, set out for a country that would be given to him as an inheritance; for he parted without knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as a stranger in that promised land. There he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, beneficiaries of the same promise. Indeed, he looked forward to that city of solid foundation of which God is the architect and builder.
By faith Sarah herself received power to become a mother, in spite of her advanced age; since she believed that he who had made the promise would be faithful. Therefore, from an almost impotent man were born descendants as numerous as the stars of heavens, as many as the grains of sand on the seashore.
Death found all these people strong in their faith. They had not received what was promised, but they had looked ahead and had rejoiced in it from afar, saying that they were foreigners and travelers on earth. Those who speak in this way prove that they are looking for their own country. For if they had longed for the land they had left, it would have been easy for them to return, but no, they aspired to a better city, that is, a supernatural one; so God, who prepared the city for them is not ashamed of being called their God.
By faith Abraham went to offer Isaac when God tested him. And so he who had received the promise of God offered his only son although God had told him: Isaac's descendants will bear your name. Abraham reasoned that God is capable even of raising the dead, and he received back his son, which has a figurative meaning.
Gospel: Mk 4: 35-41
On that same day when evening had come, Jesus said to them, "Let's go across to the other side." So they left the crowd and took him away in the boat he had been sitting in, and other boats set out with him. Then a storm gathered and it began to blow a gale. The waves spilled over into the boat so that it was soon filled with water. And Jesus was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.
They woke him up and said, "Master, don't you care if we sink?" As Jesus awoke, he rebuked the wind and ordered the sea, "Quiet now! Be still!" The wind dropped and there was a great calm. Then Jesus said to them, "Why are you so frightened? Do you still have no faith?"
But they were terrified and they said to one another, "Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him!"
St. John Bosco whose life and works we reflect on today reminds us of the importance of formation at an early age. Relating this to the gospel today, Jesus was also gradually teaching his disciples and revealing the mystery of God to them. In the boat tossed by the storm and rough seas, the disciples panicked and did not yet recognize who Jesus really is. Their remark: "Master, do you not care if we sink?" was alarming because they needed all hands on deck. Their amazement and astonishment only came after Jesus had calmed the sea and wind.
At what stage in our lives have we been taught by Jesus? Have we experienced incidents or situations that reveal to us the truth about the power of God? Are we learning from these experiences? Do we still need signs and wonders for us to believe?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
JOSEPH N. DY
JOHNNY & NENA
KIT & MENCHI NARCISO
RANDY & DOWA MANALOTO
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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