Friday, February 16, 2018
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
February 17, 2018 – Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Seven Founders of the Order of Servites, Religious
Is 58: 9b- 14 / Lk 5: 27- 32
Seven members of a confraternity from Florence founded the Order of the Servites of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with special devotion to the passion of Our Lord and to Mary as Our Lady of Sorrows. Popularly known as Servites, the Servants of Mary were approved by the Holy See in 1259; they were canonically approved in 1304. The date of this celebration is the death anniversary (1310) of the best known of the seven founders, St. Alexis Falconieri (1200 - 1310).
FROM THE 1ST READING: Is 58: 9b- 11a
If you remove from your midst the yoke, the clenched fist and the wicked word, if you share your food with the hungry and give relief to the oppressed, then your light will rise in the dark, your night will be like noon. Yahweh will guide you always and give you relief in desert places. He will strengthen your bones;.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 5: 27- 32
After this Jesus went out, and as he noticed a tax collector named Levi sitting in the tax-office, he said to him, "Follow me." So Levi, leaving everything, got up and followed Jesus.
Levi gave a great feast for Jesus, and many tax collectors came to his house and took their place at table with the other people. Then the Pharisees and their fellow teachers complained to Jesus' disciples, "How is it that you eat and drink with tax collectors and other sinners?" But Jesus spoke up, "Healthy people don't need a doctor, but sick people do. I have come to call to repentance; I call sinners, not the righteous."
Lent is a good time to do good to all, family and friends, and even our enemies. It is time to right wrongs we have done and to seek forgiveness for them. It is time to be mindful of the poor, the sick and the elderly, the oppressed, and those in need. Indeed we can never run out of good works to do, of people who need help. Why do good works? Because God has been too good to us.
In the first reading we are assured that God would bless those who do good to others in need: their "light will rise in the dark, your night will be like noon. Yahweh will guide you always and give you relief in desert places."
In the Gospel reading Jesus calls a tax collector to be an apostle. Jesus eats with sinners. He came for sinners: "Healthy people don't need a doctor, but sick people do. I have come to call to repentance; I call sinners, not the righteous."
Before God we are all sinners and in need of his forgiving love. We are most grateful for a Savior who ate with sinners and sought sinners not only to assure them of his love but also to save them in his mission to call sinners.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Jenny Go Tan
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Carlos O.. Lao Jr.
Kathryn Lim Siao
Have a good day!
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