22 January 2016
Weekday, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time /
St. Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon and Martyr
Green. 1 Sm 24: 3 – 21. Mk 3: 13 – 19.
Born in Huesca, Spain, deacon St. Vincent (d. 304), proto-martyr of Spain, was martyred in Valencia during the persecution of Diocletian.
From the 1st Reading: 1 Sm 24: 17 – 21
After David had spoken these words, Saul asked, "Is that your voice, my son David?" He wept aloud and said to David, "You are right and I am wrong, for you have repaid with kindness the harm I have inflicted on you. This day you have shown your righteousness by not taking my life when Yahweh put me into your hands. For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go unharmed? May Yahweh reward you for what you have done for me today. Now I know for certain that you shall reign and the kingdom of Israel will be firm in your hand.
Gospel Reading: Mk 3: 13 - 19
Then Jesus went up into the hill country and called those he wanted and they came to him. So he appointed twelve to be with him; and he called them apostles. He wanted to send them out to preach, and he gave them authority to drive out demons.
These are the Twelve: Simon, to whom he gave the name Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John his brother, to whom he gave the name Boanerges, which means "men of thunder"; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alpheus, Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.
In the first reading, David spares the life of King Saul who was hellbent on killing him. Saul acknowledges that David is a better man and will become king someday. Then he stops hunting David and returns to his palace.
How many of us have had this experience of being maltreated but instead of taking revenge, we forgave our enemies? For sure we all have people who don't like us, are jealous of us or cannot stand us. Yet do we have Christian love to forgive them? Do we want to forgive them? And in the first place, why should we forgive them? The answer is --- because Jesus had first forgiven our sins. Jesus has erased the memory of our wrongdoings and has given us the grace of repentance and a change of life.
Some of our enemies will never change, but if we see them as people whom God has also forgiven, then who are we not to do so ourselves?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Daryl C. Siman
Totie P. Ventura
Lawrence & Cricket Lesaca
For the eternal repose of the soul of Florencio Reyes Jr.
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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