February 3, 2017 – FRIDAY, 4th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Blase, Bishop and Martyr
St. Ansgar, Bishop and Missionary
Heb 13: 1 - 8 I Mk 6: 14- 29
St. Blase (d. 316), Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia, was martyred under Licinius. Many cures are attributed to his intercession: there is a special blessing of throats this day invoking the intercession of St. Blase.
St. Ansgar (d. 865), Bishop of Hamburg, a Benedictine m1ss1onary to Denmark and Sweden, is the "Apostle of the North," Patron of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Heb 13: 5-8
Do not depend on money. Be content with having enough for today for God has said: I will never forsake you or abandon you, and we shall confidently answer: The Lord is my helper, I will not fear; what can man do to me? Remember your leader who taught you the word of God. Consider their end and imitate their faith. Christ Jesus is the same today as yesterday and forever.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mk 6: 14- 16
King Herod also heard about Jesus because his name had become well known. Some people said, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him." Others thought, "He is Elijah," and others, "He is a prophet like the prophets of times past." When Herod was told of this, he thought: "I had John beheaded, yet he has risen from the dead."
Like King Herod in today's Gospel reading there are times when those in authority make major mistakes, failing to act with compassion and fairness: "The king was very displeased, but he would not refuse in front of his guests because of his oaths. So he sent one of the bodyguards with orders to bring John's head." Clearly the king's concubine Herodias hated John: "So Herodias had a grudge against John and wanted to kill him, but she could not because Herod respected John. He knew John to be an upright and holy man and kept him safe."
Last year we celebrated the Extraordinary Year of Mercy, as a sign of who God really is to us. How has this Year of Mercy affected our relationships with people, especially those with whom we have had differences and conflicts? Do we act unfairly as King Herod did? Have we at times acted like the jealous and vengeful Herodias?
We pray that we may have trust in the merciful God and that we may be as merciful to others: "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
MARK ANTHONY LIM TAN
CHRISTOPHER KARL W. CUYEGKENG
IN MEMORIAM (†)
BEATRIZ G. LU BENITO ASLON
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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