Monday, January 23, 2017
TUESDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
January 24, 2017 – TUESDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
St. Francis de Sales Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Heb 10: 1 - 10 / Mk 3: 31 – 35
Born in Savoy, St. Francis de Sales (1567 - 1622), Bishop of Geneva, fought Calvinism vigorously. With St. Jane Frances de Chantal (1572 - 1641) he co founded the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary (1610). He was known for his writings on spiritual direction, especially his Introduction to the Devout Life.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Heb 10: 5 -10
This is why on entering the world, Christ says: You did not desire sacrifice and offering; you were not pleased with burnt offerings and sin offerings. Then I said: "Here I am. It was written of me in the scroll, I will do your will, 0 God."
First he says: Sacrifice, offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire nor were you pleased with them -- although they were required by the Law. Then he says: Here I am to do your will.
This is enough to nullify the first will and establish the new. Now, by this will of God, we are sanctified once by the sacrifice of the body of Christ.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 3: 31- 35
Then his mother and his brothers came. As they stood outside, they sent someone to call him. The crowd sitting around Jesus told him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you." He replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?"
And looking around at those who sat there he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me."
Parents work very hard to give and prepare their children for a good life. Yet they sometimes wonder why their children do not seem to fully appreciate their sacrifices for them. Maybe because the parents are so busy, they have not spent enough quality time with their children. Quality time spent with the ones we love is important precisely because we love them .
Similarly, in our relationship with God, how much quality time do we spend with God? We go to Sunday Mass and listen to the readings and the homilies: have we spent time reflecting on what we have heard? The Mass is the prayer of the Church: do we participate as much as we can in the responses and the singing? Do we pray the Mass with the Christian community and, indeed, with the whole Church?
Do I seek knowledge of and intimacy with God?
In the Gospel reading Jesus tells us, "Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me." As children of our heavenly Father, our task is to do the Father's will, as we pray always in the Lord's Prayer, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
GERVIN JON & MARIA ROSABEL KAW
GERVIN JON GO KAW
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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