Thursday, January 19, 2017
FRIDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
January 20, 2017 – FRIDAY, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Fabian, Pope, and Sebastian, Martyrs Green
Heb 8:6- 13 / Mk 3: 13 – 19
St. Fabian, a layman elected Pope in 236, was martyred under Decius in 250.
St. Sebastian, an officer in Diocletian's imperial guard who converted to Christianity, was martyred in 288 by order of the Emperor.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Heb 8:6- 7, 10- 13
Now, however, Jesus enjoys a much higher ministry in being the mediator of a better covenant founded on better promises. If all had been perfect in the first covenant, there would have been no need for another one....
But this is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel in the days to come; I will put my laws into their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people.
None of them will have to teach one another or say to each other: Know the Lord, for they will know me from the least to the greatest. I will forgive their sins and no longer remember their wrongs.
Here we are being told of a new covenant, which means that the first one had become obsolete, and what is obsolete and aging is soon to disappear.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 3: 13- 19
Then Jesus went up into the hill country and called those he wanted and they came to him. So he appointed twelve to be with him, and he called them apostles. He wanted to send them out to preach, and he gave them authority to drive out demons.
These are the Twelve: Simon, to whom he gave the name Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John his brother, to whom he gave the name Boanerges, which means "men of thunder"; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alpheus, Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean and Judas lscariot, the one who betrayed him.
Jesus called a select few to follow him: first to accompany and know him; and second to be sent out on missions, to preach, do good deeds and miracles in his name. Today's Gospel reading names the twelve apostles.
Jesus also calls us by name. He invites us to know and follow him; he asks us to spread the Good News and to bring his salvation to the world.
Do we accept the invitation? The challenge? Do we accept that this invitation is indeed part of our commitment at our baptism? Do we also realize that to follow Jesus is not only to walk along with him but to walk and persevere with other believers in him, with the larger Christian community?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
HILTON & ROSANA CHUA FONG
IN MEMORIAM (+)
JOSE LIMCHUTICK (JAN.l9, 1925 - JAN.20,2014)
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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