Saturday, June 10, 2017

 

FRIDAY, 9th Week in Ordinary Time

June 9, 2017 – FRIDAY, 9th Week in Ordinary Time

St. Jose de Anchieta, Priest 

St. Ephrem of Syria, Deacon and Doctor of the Church Memorial

White

 

Tb 11: 5 - 17 / Mk 12: 35- 37

 

     St. Jose de Anchieta (1534 - 1597), a Jesuit priest from the Canary Islands, spent his life in the missions in Brazil. A key figure in the history of Brazil, he was one of the founders of Sao Paulo (1554) and of Rio de Janeiro (1565) and is the Father of Brazilian Literature. He was declared a saint by Pope Francis on

03 April 2014.

 

     Born in Mesopotamia, St. Ephrem (306- 373) vigorously fought against the heresies of his time. A poet, an orator and a holy monk, he had great devotion to Our Lady.

 

GOSPEL READING:     Mk 12: 35- 37

     As Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he said, "The teachers of the Law say that the Messiah is the son of David. How can that be? For David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, declared: The Lord said to my Lord: sit at my right hand until! put your enemies under your feet. If David himself calls him Lord, in what way can he be his son?" Many people came and listened to him gladly.

 

REFLECTION

     In the Gospel reading we read about another dispute between Jesus and the Pharisees and teachers of the Law: "How can the Messiah be both a son and descendant of David and the Lord of David? If David calls the Messiah his Lord, how can the Messiah be his descendant?"

 

     The question is probably not an important question for us today, but in the time of Christ, especially among the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law disputes about texts and such small issues were so current and important.

 

     We believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and that he is the Son of God made man, born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. As Son of God, he is the Lord of David the King.

 

     At the same time, as carefully reported in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is descended from David through his foster-father Joseph: "There were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, and fourteen generations from David to the deportation to Babylon, and fourteen generations from the deportation to

Babylon to the birth of Christ." (Mt 1:17)

 

     What is truly important for us is that Jesus was the Son of God and a truly a man like us, except that he was sinless: "You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call him Jesus. He will be great and shall rightly be called Son of the Most High." (Lk 1: 31 - 32a) "And the Word was made flesh; he had his tent pitched among us. And we have seen his Glory, the Glory of the only Son coming from the Father: fullness of truth and loving kindness" (Jn 1: 1: 14)

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 

     TED & ELISA STA. ANA

 

IN MEMORIAM (†)

     AMADA DESEO (DEC. 2, 1908 -·JUNE 9, 1985)

     MIGUEL C. UY (AUG. 4, 1931 - JUNE 9, 2003)

 

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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