Wednesday, January 25, 2017
THURSDAY, 3RD Week in Ordinary Time
January 26, 2017 – THURSDAY, 3RD Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishop
2 Tim 1: 1 - 8 / Mk 4: 21- 25
Sts. Timothy (d. 97) and Titus (d. 107) were both disciples of St. Paul the Apostle. St. Timothy was the first Bishop of Ephesus while St. Titus was the first Bishop of Crete. St. Paul wrote pastoral letters to them
FROM THE 1ST READING: 2 Tim 1:3- 8
I give thanks to God whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my ancestors did, as I remember you constantly, day and night, in my prayers. I recall your tears and I long to see you that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, so like the faith of your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, which I am sure you have inherited.
For this reason I invite you to fan into a flame the gift of God you received through the laying on of my hands. For God did not confer on us a spirit of bashfulness, but of strength, love and good judgment.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 4: 21 - 25
Jesus said to them, "When the light comes, is it to be put under a tub or a bed? Surely it is put on a lampstand. Whatever is hidden will be disclosed, and whatever is kept secret will be brought to light. Listen then, if you have ears."
And he also said to them, "Pay attention to what you hear. In the measure you give, so shall you receive and still more will be given to you. For to the one who produces something, more will be given, and from him who does not produce anything, even what he has will be taken away from him."
In today's Gospel reading, Jesus speaks about light, hearing and measure. How are these related?
In the first reading from Paul's second letter to Timothy, Paul encourages Timothy to remain faithful to what has been handed on to him, the Good News of Jesus Christ
Using a simple parable on the use of lamps in homes, Jesus tells his disciples that the Good News he has brought is to be spread out to light people from their sin and darkness.
People receive the Good News preached to them by hearing about it: they should listen attentively and carefully to understand and appreciate the Good News of salvation. Jesus also speaks of our generous response to what we receive: "In the measure you give, so shall you receive and still more will be given to you. For to the one who produces something, more will be given, and from him who does not produce anything, even what he has will be taken away from him." (Mk 4: 24-25)
Like Christ who was called to be the "light to the nations" (Lk 2: 32), all his followers are called to be "light" to others, to bring Christ to others and help dispel the darkness of sin and evil around us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
CHRISTIAN B. ATIENZA
DEAN ANDRO T. TEMPLO
SHERWIN & JOYCE GOTAMCO CHAN
LUCIANO JAMES S. ZANIRATO
IN MEMORIAM (+)
MA. MANUEL C. FERRER
DOLORES A. UNSON
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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