Saturday, January 22, 2011

God's Message For You Today, January 22, 2011

OUR sole Savior

How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered
himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship
the living God. – Hebrews 9:14

I was in high school when I consented to watching porn. That time, I thought it
was another avenue of fun and most of my friends were into it, too. I didn't
think anything was wrong with it. I didn't realize that I was moving away from
Jesus until it hit me that I was no longer attending Mass and had been praying
less, too.
Through teachings from the Catholic community I belong to, I have come to know
that Jesus is the High Priest of heaven who came down on earth to redeem mankind

from the bondage of sin and death. I thank God that I learned this because
knowing this liberated me from all the unnecessary burdens I take on whenever I
am tempted and I sin.
Jesus our Lord and Savior has won the battle for us and redeemed us through His
own pure, unblemished blood. That alone can make us become worthy to praise our
One Living God. Eugene Cailao (

We are not saved by what we do but by what God has done.

Father God, grant me the grace to magnify Your presence in my life and the lives

of those whom I love. May my efforts be overcome by Your goodness and grace

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The sacrifice of Jesus is perfect; it does not need to be repeated. In fact, the

Eucharist is a memorial sacrifice by which we remember what Jesus did and have
it before us on the altar in a sacramental form. This is the wonder of the
sacraments. We may not have been there at Calvary when Jesus died, but we can
certainly be present to His sacrifice on Calvary through our celebration of the
Holy Mass.

Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14
2 A tabernacle was constructed, the outer one, in which were the lampstand, the
table, and the bread of offering; this is called the Holy Place. 3 Behind the
second veil was the tabernacle called the Holy of Holies. 11 But when Christ
came as high priest of the good things that have come to be, passing through the

greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not belonging to

this creation, 12 he entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood

of goats and calves but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of a heifer's ashes
can sanctify those who are defiled so that their flesh is cleansed, 14 how much
more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself
unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the
living God.


Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
R: God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
1 [2] All you peoples, clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness, 2
[3] for the LORD, the Most High, the awesome, is the great king over all the
earth. (R) 5 [6] God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy; the LORD, amid
trumpet blasts. 6 [7] Sing praise to God, sing praise; sing praise to our king,
sing praise. (R) 7 [8] For the king of all the earth is God; sing hymns of
praise. 8 [9] God reigns over the nations, God sits upon his holy throne. (R)


Don't blink or get distracted or you will miss today's Gospel. Not even Jesus'
relatives understand Him or His mission. They come to take Him away before a
riot breaks out. This can be the nature of the Gospel at times. It will always
provoke a reaction in places where it is not welcome. Let us never be afraid to
speak the truth of the Gospel wherever we may be but to do so prudently and with

love (c.f. 1Peter 3:14-18).

R: Alleluia, alleluia
Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.
R: Alleluia, alleluia

Mark 3:20-21
20 Jesus came with his disciples into the house. Again the crowd gathered,
making it impossible for them even to eat. 21 When his relatives heard of this
they set out to seize him, for they said, "He is out of his mind."

my reflections
t h i n k : Let us never be afraid to speak the truth of the Gospel wherever we
may be but to do so prudently and with love.

God's special verse/thought for me today________________

Thank You Lord for:____________________________________


READ THE BIBLE IN Exodus 16-18

Exodus 16-18

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Everyone knows how important family is for growth. No one can claim any passable

level of emotional wellbeing unless he or she can lay claim to a commensurate
level of family closeness. Psychologists use two big but related or
complementary words to describe this: attunement and attachment. They mean a
whole lot of things — from having someone "mirror" a child's thoughts and
feelings to having someone validate a toddler's feelings at any given time. They

say that without a child experiencing attunement at the most critical moments of

his life, he cannot graduate to attachment. Where emotional completeness should
have taken root, a certain void remains deep inside and the child does not learn

what it means to belong or be part of a family, to be connected meaningfully and

The short Gospel passage today seems to pit Jesus against His own relatives who
have a mouthful to say against Him: "He is out of his mind!" I am sure each of
us can relate. To be a Christian nowadays is to go against the mainstream. It
means to be seen, oftentimes, as being strange or out of touch with reality,
being outdated, etc. Sounds familiar? Indeed! Pope John Paul II got a lot of
flak when he did his duty to teach, when he stood up for Christian values, when
he preached in season and out of season. So, too, does Benedict XVI, our current

Pope. When one stands by what is right, when one champions what the masses need
and not what they want, when one speaks as God would have him or her do,
criticisms will not be far behind.
The easier thing to do is to follow what the rest of the world seems to be
doing. As they say, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. It is better to be
attuned to the world and its ways, and not to be seen as an odd ball.
Unfortunately, too much attunement to the world leads to too much attachment as
well. This is the big problem of our times. Who are we really attuned and
attached to? Fr. Chito Dimaranan, SDB

Reflection Question:
How attuned am I to the world? Does this attunement lead me away from God?

Lord, shake me from any unhealthy attunement to the world.

St. Brithwald, pray for us.

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