Sunday, February 12, 2017
MONDAY, 6th Week in Ordinary Time
February 13, 2017 – MONDAY, 6th Week in Ordinary Time
Gn 4:1-15, 25 / Mk 8:11 -13
FROM THE 1ST READING: Gn 4: 8- 15
Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go to the fields." Once there, Cain turned on his brother Abel and killed him. Yahweh said to Cain, "Where is your brother, Abel?" He answered, "I don't know; am I my brother's keeper?"
Yahweh asked, "What have you done? Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. Now be cursed and driven from the ground that has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood that your hand has shed. When you till the soil, it will no longer yield you its produce. You will be a fugitive wandering on the earth."
Cain said to Yahweh, "My punishment is greater than I can bear. See! Today, you drive me from this land. I must hide from you and be a wanderer and fugitive on the earth, and it will so happen that whoever meets me will kill me." Yahweh said to him. "Well then, whoever kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times." And Yahweh put a mark on Cain to prevent anyone who met him from killing him.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mk 8:11-12
The Pharisees came and started to argue with Jesus. Hoping to embarrass him, they asked for some heavenly sign. Then his spirit was moved. He gave a deep sigh and said, "Why do the people of this present time ask for a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this people."
The first reading is about the first two children of Adam and Eve. God favored Abel and, in his envy and resentment, Cain killed his brother.
Indeed this is the history of mankind, that men, even brothers, quarrel and fight, from envy or other reasons. Why are we envious of others who do well? Why do we compare our gifts and talents with others? God loves each one of us and we should believe in his kindness to each one of us. Each one of us is so special to him, he knows each one of us like the palm of his hand that his Son died for each one of us.
The Pharisees and leaders of the Jews were envious of Jesus and wanted to embarrass and discredit him; later they would plot to kill him. Many followed Jesus and were impressed with his teaching and miracles. To embarrass him they asked for a sign which Jesus refused to give: they had his word and actions which they refused to see.
Let us ask God for the grace and wisdom to see his ways and actions in our lives.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
ARSENIO SZE ALlANAN
ELIANA LAUREN CASTILLO MEOLI
IN MEMORIAM (+)
TAN AI LE TONG
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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