January 19, 2017 – THURSDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. John Ogilvie, Stephan Pongracz and Melchior Grodziecki, Priests;
Marco Krizevcanin, Canon, Martyrs
Bl. Ignatius de Azevedo, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs /
Bl. James Sales, Priest, and William Saultemouche,
Heb 7:25- 8: 6 / Mk 3:7- 12
St. John Ogilvie (1579 - 1615), Scottish Jesuit priest, was martyred in Glasgow. Sts. Stephan Pongracz (1583 - 1619), Jesuit priest from Romania, Melchior Grodziecki (1584 - 1610). Polish Jesuit priest, and Marco Krizevcanin (1588- 1619), Canon of Estergom, were martyred in Kosice.
Bl. Ignatius de Azevedo (1527 -1570), Jesuit Portuguese missionary, and 39 others were martyred by the Huguenots in the Canary Islands.
Bl. James Sales (1556 -1593), French Jesuit priest, and William Saultemouche (1557 - 1593). French Jesuit lay brother, were martyred in Aubenas during the French War of Religions.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Heb 8:1 - 2
The main point of what we are saying is that we have a high priest. He is seated at the right hand of the divine majesty in heaven, where he serves as minister of the true temple and sanctuary, set up not by any mortal but by the Lord.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 3: 7- 12
Jesus and his disciples withdrew to the lakeside and a large crowd from Galilee followed him. A great number of people also came from Judea, Jerusalem, ldumea, Transjordan and from the region of Tyre and Sidon, for they had heard of all he was doing.
Because of the crowd, Jesus told his disciples to have a boat ready for him, to prevent people from crushing him. He healed so many that all who had diseases kept pressing towards him to touch him. Even the people who had evil spirits, whenever they saw him, they would fall down before him and cry out, "You are the Son of God." But he warned them sternly not to tell anyone who he was.
The first reading spoke of the role of Christ, the Son of God, as high priest to make an offering once for all for the sins of the people. Christ has chosen to continue his role through his Church where he has men and women as ministers and helpers to preach the Good News to the world.
In the Gospel reading we see Christ in a typical busy day of his public ministry: preaching, healing the sick and driving out evil spirits. Because of the news of his teaching and cures, people from all over flocked to see, hear and touch him. In the Gospel reading we see him teaching from a boat, with the people on the shore.
His public ministry of preaching the Good News continues in the Church. After Christ's death and resurrection, the Church was directed to bring the Good News to all the nations, even as people and the world change and evolve.
Vatican Council II of the mid-sixties of the last century sought to open the windows of the Church to the present world while remaining ever faithful to Christ and his teaching.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
SPIRO & JENNIFER CLEMENTE
EMMANUEL A. ACERO
IN MEMORIAM ( +)
THOMAS CHAN SY
For the healing of Dan Angeles.
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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