Saturday, February 10, 2018
6th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
February 11, 2018 - 6th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Cycle B. Green.
Lv 13:1-2,44-46 /1 Cor 10:31-11:1 / Mk 1: 40 -45
2ND READING: 1 Cor 10: 31 -11: 1
Then, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. Give no offense to the Jews, or to the Greeks, or to the Church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything. I do not seek my own interests, but that of many, that is: that they be saved.
Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mk 1: 40- 45
A leper came to Jesus and begged him, "If you so will, you can make me clean." Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying," I will; be clean." The leprosy left the man at once and he was made clean.
As Jesus sent the man away, he sternly warned him, "Don't tell anyone about this, but go and show yourself to the priest and for the cleansing bring the offering ordered by Moses; in this way you will make your declaration."
However, as soon as the man went out, he began spreading the news everywhere, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter any town. But even though he stayed in the rural areas, people came to him from everywhere.
The familiar Psalm response, "If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts" is good to recall if we are truly desirous to follow God's will.
This prayer might have been in the mind of the leper in the Gospel reading. Though an outcast in Jewish society, he must have heard about the wonder worker Jesus from Nazareth. People were amazed and spellbound at his authoritative teachings and his numerous miraculous cures of the sick, the deaf and blind and those possessed. So the leper dared to approach Jesus, "If you so will, you can make me clean."
Jesus shows his compassion to this sick and poor member of society, healing him of his leprosy so that he could be reunited into the mainstream of society. One can just imagine his joy and thanksgiving at this immediate and miraculous cure.
Each one of us can readily identify with the leper as each one of us is afflicted in one way or another with some illness or brokenness, with some serious problem. Are we ready, like the leper, to approach the Lord and appeal for his healing help? Are we ready to hear the Lord's message to us in our problematic situation? Are we ready to invite the Lord to enter into our lives?
In the healing of the leper Jesus showed himself a truly compassionate God. Do we believe and trust in this compassionate God? Or do we harden our minds and hearts against the quiet voice and action of God in and for us?
We pray that we may allow the Spirit of Jesus to help us discern God's will and action for us, that whenever and however God speaks to us, we may be ready to hear and listen to him.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Jerome & Sally Lim Gotamco
Gerard & Geraldine Sy
Edward & Jennifer lnocentes
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Lucia C. Tiu
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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