February 25, 2017 – SATURDAY, 7th Week in Ordinary Time
Sir 17: 1 - 15 / Mk 10: 13- 16
EDSA People Power Revolution Day
FROM THE 1ST READING: Sir 17:1- 3, 7- 12
The Lord created man from the earth and let him return to earth. He settled a fixed time for them and a set number of days, giving them power over everything on earth. He endowed them with a strength like his own, making them into his own image....
He filled them with wisdom and knowledge: he taught them good and evil. He put his own eye in their hearts so they would understand the greatness of his works. They will praise his holy Name and relate the magnificence of his creation. He gave them revealed knowledge as well and handed over to them the Law of life. He established an everlasting covenant with them and let them know his judgments.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 10: 13 - 16
People were bringing their little children to him to have him touch them, and the disciples rebuked them for this.
When Jesus noticed it, he was very angry and said, "Let the children come to me and don't stop them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." Then he took the children in his arms and, laying his hands on them, blessed them.
The first reading from Sirach tells us how, like a loving parent, God had created and provided for mankind; he hopes we see and acknowledge his generosity and the magnificence of his creation.
Little children are so special in the eyes of God because of their wholehearted trust and faith that their parents would take care of them. Without the love and care of their parents (or of other people), little children could not really survive. In order to survive and live, little children have to receive and be cared for.
As we grow older, we learn and must take care of ourselves. Unlike little children with complete trust in their parents, we become less trustful of and more suspicious of others. Suspicious of others, we fear for and look for possible hidden agenda and motives of people we deal with.
God's nature is that of a perfect parent, loving and always caring and giving: as Paul wrote, fatherhood as we know it is really patterned after the fatherhood of the loving Father in heaven.
Thus, Jesus calls us to be like little children in order to enter into the kingdom of heaven, to be like little children in our trust in the care and love of our heavenly Father for us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
EVANGELINE ACERO DE GUZMAN
PETER SIAM Ill & SHERYL & FAMILY
IN MEMORIAM (†)
DEE ANDRE VINCENT (JUN 28,2005 ·FEB 25, 2011)
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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