17 February 2016
Wednesday, 1st Week of Lent /
Seven Founders of the Order of Servites, Religious
Jon 3: 1–10 / Lk 11:29–32.
Seven members of a confraternity from Florence founded the Order of the Servites of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with special devotion to our Lord's passion and to Mary as Our Lady of Sorrows.
Gospel Reading: Lk 11: 29 – 32
As the crowd increased, Jesus began to speak in this way, "People of the present time are evil people. They ask for a sign, but no sign will be given to them except the sign of Jonah. As Jonah became a sign for the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be a sign for this generation. The Queen of the South will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and here there is greater than Solomon. The people of Nineveh will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them, for Jonah's preaching made them turn from their sins, and here there is greater than Jonah."
The gospel shows our lack of trust in the word of God. Often, our prayers consist of requests for guidance, wisdom, forgiveness and other more specific requests. As we pray, we believe that it will be answered in God's time. And yet very often we impatiently wait for God to answer our prayers. When we get impatient, we feel lost, we feel that He has forsaken us. We question His love and loyalty to us. Although we do not admit it, we know that we are looking for proofs of God's existence in our lives. We ask for signs.
We always want to get a "sure thing." It's a normal human reaction to expect that "you get what you pay for." In making a purchase or deciding on an investment, we need the reassurance that we're getting what's expected. But, where's the faith in that attitude or disposition? We don't allow God to work His Will into our lives because we are too concerned or too busy pushing our own agenda. Sometimes our will gets in the way of allowing God's will to happen. That's because we naively think we know better.
Lord, teach us to understand your will and your ways. Help us to truly trust in you, especially when we feel lost or we don't feel completely confident of where we're going. Please continue to guide us and calm our restless and anxious hearts. Let the sign we cling on to be your own sacrifice on the cross. There you showed us how you stayed faithful to the very end. Even if the outcome at that time didn't seem so clear, you offered up your spirit to the Father and he took care of everything. May we also be blessed with that same trusting faith.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Jenny Go Tan
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Carlos O. Lao, 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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