Sunday, June 10, 2018



June 10, 2018 - 10th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Cycle B. Green.


Gn 3: 9- 15 / 2 Cor 4:13 -5: 1 / Mk 3: 20- 35


1ST READING:    Gn 3: 9- 15

Yahweh God called the man, saying to him, "Where are you?" He said, "I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid." God said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree I ordered you not to eat?" The man answered, "The woman you put with me gave me fruit from the tree and I ate it." God said to the woman, "What have you done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me and I ate."


Yahweh God said to the serpent, "Since you have done that, be cursed among all the cattle and wild beasts! You will crawl on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life. I will make you enemies, you and the woman, your offspring and her offspring. He will crush your head and you will strike his heel."


FROM THE GOSPEL READING:     Mk 3: 31 - 35

Then his mother and his brothers came. As they stood outside, they sent someone to call him. The crowd sitting around Jesus told him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you." He replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers? And looking around at those who sat there he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me."



Poor Eve. She always gets the blame. Through the ages, we have blamed the fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden on Eve because she listened to the serpent, because she tempted Adam, because she was not strong enough to say No. We even feel at times that everything was premeditated, that Eve wanted Adam to disobey God. And so we have blamed Eve for so many years. Poor Eve!


But we should remember that Adam had free will. Adam was not an innocent simpleton who did not know what was going on. Adam made a choice: he ate the fruit Eve gave to him. He could have said No? He could have reminded Eve of God's clear prohibition on eating the fruit of that tree. But, for whatever reason or reasons he had, he readily accepted what Eve offered him and ate the fruit, disobeying God's command.


And yet he immediately blamed her when God asked how he knew he was naked. He never really took full responsibility for his actions.


Yes, we get tempted. We get tempted every day, by so many things. And sometimes, when we yield, like Adam and like Eve, we immediately blame someone or something else: "The woman you put with me gave me fruit from the tree and I ate it." "The serpent deceived me and I ate." This is all too typical of us and our human nature. Interesting that the account did not have God asking the serpent why he acted the way he did: clearly God and the serpent knew that the serpent knew what he was did.


And yet we have to remember that we are responsible for our own decisions and actions, that we can choose to say Yes or No, that we can agree of disagree, that we can stand up or not for what we believe in.. God has always respected us enough to allow us the freedom he gave us to make our own decisions. But we remember that with that freedom comes true responsibility.





     Annie Chua

     Juanita Margarita O. Umali


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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