Thursday, February 16, 2017
FRIDAY, 6th Week in Ordinary Time
February 17, 2017 – FRIDAY, 6th Week in Ordinary Time
Seven Founders of the Order of Servites, Religious
Gn 11: 1 - 9 / Mk 8: 34- 9:1
Seven members of a confraternity from Florence founded the Order of the Servites of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with special devotion to our Lord's passion and to Mary as our Lady of Sorrows. Popularly known as Servites, the Servants of Mary were approved by the Holy See in 1259; they were canonically approved in 1304. The date of this celebration is the death anniversary (1310) of the best known of the seven founders, St. Alexis Falconieri (1200- 1310).
FROM THE 1ST READING: Gn 11: 8- 9
So Yahweh scattered them over the earth and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel. Because there Yahweh confused the language of the whole earth and from there Yahweh scattered them over the whole face of the earth.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 8: 34- 38
Then Jesus called the people and his disciples and said, "If you want to follow me, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me. For if you choose to save your life, you will lose it; and if you lose your life for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel, you will save it.
"What good is it to gain the whole world but destroy yourself? There is nothing you can give to recover your life. I tell you: If anyone is ashamed of me and of my words among this adulterous and sinful people, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the Glory of his Father with the holy angels."
The Cross is a key symbol of the faith of every Christian: it symbolizes the love of our Lord for us and our salvation and reconciliation with God. This same symbol of salvation had been, even before the time of Christ, a supreme form of punishment and shame for criminals and evil-doers.
Thus, in the life of the early Church, many found it difficult to accept the cross as a symbol of salvation and of the Good News. In the Gospel reading today in very clear terms Jesus tells his disciples and listeners that, if they wished to be his followers, they must take up their own crosses, "If you want to follow me, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me." The Christian follows a crucified Lord.
God reveals himself to us in various ways, usually not in any spectacular manner but in the quiet of our prayer time or in the depths of difficult and sad moments in our lives. How have we experienced God's presence in our lives? What has he told us? How has he comforted us?
Each one of us meets his/her cross and trials in our lives. With God's help, may we learn to embrace and live through them.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
JENNY GO TAN
IN MEMORIAM (+)
CARLOS 0. LAO, JR.
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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