February 1, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, 4th Week in Ordinary Time
Heb 12:4- 7, 11 - 15 I Mk 6: 1 – 6
FROM THE 1ST READING: Heb 12: 4- 7
Have you already shed your blood in the struggle against sin? Do not forget the comforting words that Wisdom addresses to you as children: My son, pay attention when the Lord corrects you and do not be discouraged when he punishes you. For the Lord corrects those he loves and chastises everyone he accepts as a son. What you endure is in order to correct you. God treats you like sons and what son is not corrected by his father?
GOSPEL READING: Mk 6: 1- 6
Leaving that place, Jesus returned to his own country and his disciples followed him. When the sabbath came, he began teaching in the synagogue, and most of those who heard him were astonished. They commented, "How did this come to him? What kind of wisdom has been given to him that he also performs such miracles? Who is he but the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joset and Judas and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here among us?" So they took offense at him.
And Jesus said to them, "Prophets are despised only in their own country, among their relatives and their own family." And he could work no miracles there, but only healed a few sick people by laying his hands on them. Jesus himself was astounded at their unbelief.
Parents know that, if their children would not listen or obey them, it may help to ask other people, perhaps older relatives or school officials, to help them in their dealings with their children.
In similar fashion the people of his hometown would not listen to Jesus nor believe in his preaching, "How did this come to him? What kind of wisdom has been given to him that he also performs such miracles? Who is he but the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joset and Judas and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here among us?" Sadly, no matter how reasonable his teachings were nor how wonderful and unusual his cures, they were already prejudiced against him. His own town-mates could not and did not believe because of their prejudiced presuppositions.
This is true even today when many would not listen to the Gospel message because they find it old fashioned or passe. The values preached by Christ may no longer be attractive to many in our modern world. Indeed, the Church preaches the proverbial narrow path.
But, in truth, as promised, the proverbial narrow path leads to eternal happiness.
If we can trust our parents as they do for us what is best, how much more our Father in heaven? How do we strengthen and live out our faith and trust in the heavenly Father?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
HELEN W. CHUA
MARIETIA W. CO CHIEN
MELOY C. BRIONES ARIANNE ZAMORA
FRANZ & ABIGAIL SAW
IN MEMORIAM (+)
EVELYN C. ONG
For the eternal repose of the soul of Cosette Romero.
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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