Sunday, February 11, 2018
MONDAY, 6th Week in Ordinary Time
February 12, 2018 – MONDAY, 6th Week in Ordinary Time
Jas 1: 1 - 11 / Mk 8: 11- 13
FROM THE 1ST READING: Jas 1: 2- 6a, 9- 10
Consider yourselves fortunate, my brothers and sisters, when you meet with every kind of trial, for you know that the testing of your faith makes you steadfast.. Let your steadfastness become perfect with deeds, that you yourselves may be perfect and blameless, without any defect.
If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God who gives to all easily and unconditionally. But ask with faith, not doubting...
Let the believer, who is poor, boast in being uplifted, and let the rich one boast in being humbled, because he will pass away like the flower of the field.
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."
In the first reading James says that our faith must be put to the test to strengthen it, that, when we ask for wisdom, we do so with great confidence, and that God favors the poor and the humble.
Indeed we should find trials to our faith as challenges to increase and strengthen our faith. And we should realize that the wisdom we need is a gift which God freely gives to those who ask. Jesus showed in his life his special care and love for the poor and those who humble themselves before God and people: "Fortunate are those who have the spirit of the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Mt 5: 3) "Whoever becomes lowly like this child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (Mt 18: 4)
In the Gospel reading, Jesus is disappointed, angry and exasperated with the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law. They refuse to hear what Jesus is teaching. They refuse to see the signs of his credentials in his many good works and miracles. Yet they insist on asking for a "sign."
God gives us countless signs of his presence and love for us. Let us pray we are able to see and read them, unlike the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law in the time of Jesus. We see God's love and power in the many blessings we have received from him. We see his love and goodness in the goodness and generosity of so many people around us
May we see and be thankful for God's continuing presence and blessings for us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Joseph Carlrenz Carpio
Stella Tejada Dy
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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