Sunday, January 22, 2017
MONDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
January 23, 2017 – MONDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
Heb 9: 15, 24- 28 / Mk 3: 22- 30
FROM THE 1ST READING: Heb 9:24, 28a
Christ did not enter some sanctuary made by human hands, a copy of the true one, but heaven itself. He is now in the presence of God on our behalf.... Christ sacrificed himself once to take away the sins of the multitude.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 3: 22- 30
Meanwhile, the teachers of the Law who had come from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebub: the chief of the demons helps him to drive out demons."
Jesus called them to him and began teaching them by means of stories or parables, "How can Satan drive out Satan? If a nation is divided by civil war, that nation cannot stand. If a family divides itself into groups, that family will not survive. In the same way, if Satan has risen against himself and is divided, he will not stand; he is finished. No one can break into the house of the Strong One in order to plunder his goods unless he first ties up the Strong One. Then indeed he can plunder the house.
"Truly, I say to you, every sin will be forgiven mankind, even insults to God, however numerous. But whoever slanders the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he carries the guilt of his sin forever." This was their sin when they said, "He has an evil spirit in him."
We will never realize the magnitude of Christ's sacrifice on the cross until we see all our sins and witness the deep sufferings and sins of others. Many of us sin because of our problems, because we cannot accept rejection, being poor, being deprived, etc. We do bad things because we cannot accept our poverty, injustices committed against us, etc. Who is exempt from problems and suffering?
Even Jesus suffered but he did so without rebelling. And without sinning. Jesus died not for his sins for he was sinless, but for our sins, our selfishness, our lack of love, our impatience and indifference and all the other crimes humankind has committed. His saving death on the cross was so great that no one should despair of his sins.
In the Gospel reading we see the teachers of the Law claiming that Jesus was a tool of the devil. It is so hard and so disappointing to see how these men, despite the miracles and all the good things Jesus was doing, could not see the finger of God working through him.
We pray that our minds and hearts would not be so blind and unable to see God's presence and action in our daily lives. People, who are so full of themselves, their wealth and possessions, ambitions and aspirations, could easily fail to see God's presence and actions. We should be in constant watch to see God's presence and actions in our lives.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
MARISSA R. PINCA
IN MEMORIAM (+)
RUBEN CHAN HWAN (APR 14, 1958 ·JAN 23, 2010)
YU CHENG KHO (1916·1993)
For the birthday & passing of exam of Richard Condor.
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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