Tuesday, May 22, 2018
WEDNESDAY, 7TH Week in Ordinary Time
May 23, 2018 – WEDNESDAY, 7TH Week in Ordinary Time
Jas 4: 1 - 17 / Mk 9: 38- 40
FROM THE 1ST READING: Jas 4: 2- 8
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, for the one who doubts is like a wave driven and tossed on the sea by the wind. Such a person should not expect anything from the Lord, since the doubter has two minds and his conduct will always be insecure.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 9: 38- 40
John said to Jesus, "Master, we saw someone who drove out demons by calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him because he does not belong to our group. " Jesus answered, "Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in my name can soon after speak evil of me. For whoever is not against us is for us."
In tfie first reading James reminds us that trials and difficulties are good to
test us and strengthen us in our faith. He also reminds us to pray with complete trust and confidence in God.
In the Gospel reading, the apostle John complains to Jesus about one not in their group who drove out demons in the name of Jesus. Jesus answers John, "Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in my name can soon after speak evil of me. For whoever is not against us is for us."
John's complaint is similar to today's racism, intolerance and discrimination: if you are different or are not with us, why should we tolerate you? Should you not be outlawed?
Apparently even then these present-day issues already existed: these issues must be part of our human condition.
Let us learn to allow and not forbid, to speak good rather than evil of others, to be for rather than against the universal good of all humanity, no matter the color of their skin or their nationality or their sexual orientation or their religious beliefs.
Jesus came for all of us and he loves every single one of us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Sr. Erlinda T. Lico RVM
Cynthia C. Salud
Merry Joy Y. Tambasen
Caesar D. Wongchuking
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Jose Ng Tan
For the repose of the souls of Bromeo A. Ang, Angelito de Leon and Merlinda Jayloni.
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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