Friday, January 13, 2017
SATURDAY, 1st Week in Ordinary Time
January 14, 2017 - SATURDAY, 1st Week in Ordinary Time
Heb 4:12- 16 / Mk 2:13-17
FROM THE 1ST READING: Heb 4: 14- 16
We have a great High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God, who has entered heaven. Let us, then, hold fast to the faith we possess. Our high priest is not indifferent to our weaknesses, for he was tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sinning. Let us, then, with confidence approach God, the giver of grace; we will obtain mercy and, through his favor, help in due time.
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 at 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."
In today's Gospel reading when the Pharisees question why he was eating with tax collectors and sinners, Jesus replies, "Healthy people don't need a doctor; but sick people do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."
In the first reading we are told that Christ was our High Priest, like us with our weaknesses, except that he was without sin, to obtain God's mercy and pardon for us. As God and man, he was the perfect mediator with the Father for humankind.
We should also note how Jesus called Levi, a tax collector, among those hated and despised by the people, to be a follower and an apostle. Jesus came to call and save sinners; he also called common people and sinners (Peter who betrayed him before common house-maids and Judas lscariot who betrayed him for thirty pieces of silver and brought him to his death) to help him fish for people, to save them from their sins.
What has Our Lord called us to do for him?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
BRIAN & RIA SALONGA
AUDREY ELIZA KEH
FIL CHRISTIAN M. CRUZ
ROSA B. CHUA
IN MEMORIAM (+)
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