16 January 2016
Weekday, 1st Week in Ordinary Time /
St. Joseph Vaz, Priest and Missionary
Green. 1 Sm 9: 1 – 4, 17 – 19; 10: 1. Mk 2: 13 – 17
Gospel Reading: Mk 2: 13 – 17
When Jesus went out again beside the lake, a crowd came to him and he taught them. As he walked along, he saw a tax collector sitting in his office. This was Levi, the son of Alpheus. Jesus said to him, "Follow me." And Levi got up and followed him.
And it so happened that while Jesus was eating in Levi's house, tax collectors and sinners were sitting with him and his disciples for there were indeed many of them. But there were also teachers of the Law of the Pharisees' party, among those who followed Jesus, and when they saw him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, "Why! He eats with tax collectors and sinners!"
Jesus heard them and answered, "Healthy people don't need a doctor, but sick people do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."
Oftentimes, we think that our duty would be to serve God, to do good works in order to please Him and thus gain Heaven. We try our best to fulfill all the commandments, but in reality, if we are really true to ourselves, we find out that we are always lacking, that we are incapable of fulfilling the commandments. We always fall short.
It is for this reason that Christ came. Christ became man, became one of us, to understand us and to carry us in these moments of total weakness, of total failure. St Jerome offered his immense works of translations of the word of God, but realized that what Christ wanted was not all these great works, but instead, Christ simply wanted St. Jerome to give Christ his sins. Today, Jesus asks us the same: "Give me your sins..." Jesus came precisely for this purpose: to forgive our sins and with this simple act, He gives us a gift: the possibility to enter Heaven. With his act of redemption and resurrection from the dead. And with the forgiveness of our sins, He carries us to the eternal happiness in His Kingdom. Let us rejoice that Christ chooses to dine and eat with us!
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Lucy M. Eugenio
Raqmona Marie C. Tan
Lanny & Charito Nañagas
Liza & Manny Salgado
Ramon & Chit Marin
Richard & Bea Tan
For the complete, total, full and speedy recovery of Florencio Totoy Reyes Jr.
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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