Thursday, January 28, 2016
29 January 2016
29 January 2016
Weekday, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
Green. 2 Sm 11: 1 - 4a, 5 - 10a, 13 – 17. Mk 4: 26 – 34.
From the 1st Reading: 2 Sm 11: 3 – 4a,
David sent to inquire about the woman, and was told, "She is Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah, the Hittite." So David sent messengers to have her brought to him; and he had intercourse with her. . .
The next morning, David wrote Joab a letter to be taken by hand by Uriah, in which he said, "Place Uriah in the front row where the fighting is very fierce and then withdraw from him so that he may be struck down and die." When Joab was attacking the city, he assigned Uriah to a place which he knew was being defended by strong warriors. And the defenders attacked the men of Joab. Some of David's soldiers and officers were killed; Uriah the Hittite also died.
From the Gospel Reading: Mk 4: 26 – 32
Jesus also said, "In the kingdom of God it is like this. A man scatters seed upon the soil. Whether he is asleep or awake, be it day or night, the seed sprouts and grows, he knows not how. The soil produces of itself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when it is ripe for harvesting they take the sickle for the cutting: the time for harvest has come."
Jesus also said, "What is the kingdom of God like? To what shall we compare it? It is like a mustard seed which when sown, is the smallest of all the seeds scattered upon the soil. But once sown, it grows up and becomes the largest of the plants in the garden and even grows branches so big that the birds of the air can take shelter in its shade."
In the first reading, King David commits 2 mortal sins – adultery and murder. He has sexual relations with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, and causes Uriah to die in battle. How strange that one of the heroes in the Old Testament, the writer of most of the Book of Psalms, should commit such grievous sins. Yet that is what happened. David would later repent of his sins and suffer their consequences.
What does this reading tell us? That we are all sinners, even the best of us, and in front of the holiness of God, we have nothing to boast of. St. Catherine of Siena once said, "I am nothing plus sin." Let no man claim to be holy and righteous without first acknowledging his sinfulness. In this way we will stay humble and remember our place before God. If only the most wealthy, the most powerful, the most beautiful and most capable among us would have this attitude, then the world would be a much better place to live in.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Marie Antoinette R. Evidente
Al Rey L. Molina
Teresita A. Panti
IN MEMORIAM (+)
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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