Sunday, January 21, 2018
MONDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
January 22, 2018 – MONDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
St. Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon and Martyr
2 Sm 5: 1 - 7, 10 / Mk 3: 22- 30
Born in Huesca, Spain, deacon St. Vincent (d. 304), proto-martyr of Spain, was martyred in Valencia during the persecution of Diocletian.
FROM THE 1ST READING: 2 Sm 5: 2b- 3, 10
Yahweh said to David, "You shall be the shepherd of my people Israel and you shall be commander over Israel. Before Yahweh, King David made an agreement with the elders of Israel who came to him at Hebron, and they anointed him king of Israel ...
And David grew more powerful, for Yahweh, the God of hosts, was with him.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 3: 22- 30
Meanwhile, the teachers of the Law who had come from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebub: the chief of the demons helps him to drive out demons."
Jesus called them to him and began teaching them by means of stories or parables, "How can Satan drive out Satan? If a nation is divided by civil war, that nation cannot stand. If a family divides itself into groups, that family will not survive. In the same way, if Satan has risen against himself and is divided, he will not stand; he is finished. No one can break into the house of the Strong One in order to plunder his goods unless he first ties up the Strong One. Then indeed he can plunder the house.
"Truly, I say to you, every sin will be forgiven mankind, even insults to God, however numerous. But whoever slanders the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he carries the guilt of his sin forever," This was their sin when they said, "He has an evil spirit in him."
In the first reading King David is anointed king of Israel, as God's chosen
one to be king. It was very important for Israel to be united under one king, not divided. David was a very good king because Yahweh God was with him.
In our world there are so many divisions among men: nation against nation, race against race, family against family, and even dissension in the same family. This results in conflicts and even armed hostilities.
In the Gospel reading the teachers of the Law claim that Jesus was driven by Beelzebub: "He is possessed by Beelzebub: the chief of the demons helps him to drive out demons."
Jesus refutes them, "How can Satan drive out Satan? If a nation is divided by civil war, that nation cannot stand.... In the same way, if Satan has risen against himself and is divided, he will not stand; he is finished."
There are also conflicts in our own lives. To do good or to do evil? To put family or career first? To love and serve God or money?
We can have only one Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. May we stand by and for him whatever the cost may be.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Melissa N. Caeg
Toti P. Ventura
Lawrence & Cricket Lesaca
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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