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To:DYABGroup From:Leo Lastimosa Subject:[DYAB 1512] Kapamilya Gospel Date:Mon, 20 Feb 2012 06:18:22 +0800


Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. John 6,68

Monday, 20 February 2012

Monday of the Seventh week in Ordinary Time

Saint(s) of the day : St. Eucherius, Bishop (+ 743)

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Catechism of the Catholic Church: "I do believe, help my unbelief!"

Letter of James 3:13-18.

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom.
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.
Wisdom of this kind does not come down from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice.
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace.

Psalms 19(18):

The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart. The command of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eye.
The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The statutes of the LORD are true, all of them just;
Let the words of my mouth meet with your favor, keep the thoughts of my heart before you, LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 9:14-29.

As Jesus came down from the mountain with Peter, James, John and approached the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them.
Immediately on seeing him, the whole crowd was utterly amazed. They ran up to him and greeted him.
He asked them, "What are you arguing about with them?"
Someone from the crowd answered him, "Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit.
Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they were unable to do so."
He said to them in reply, "O faithless generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him to me."
They brought the boy to him. And when he saw him, the spirit immediately threw the boy into convulsions. As he fell to the ground, he began to roll around and foam at the mouth.
Then he questioned his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" He replied, "Since childhood.
It has often thrown him into fire and into water to kill him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us."
Jesus said to him, " 'If you can!' Everything is possible to one who has faith."
Then the boy's father cried out, "I do believe, help my unbelief!"
Jesus, on seeing a crowd rapidly gathering, rebuked the unclean spirit and said to it, "Mute and deaf spirit, I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!"
Shouting and throwing the boy into convulsions, it came out. He became like a corpse, which caused many to say, "He is dead!"
But Jesus took him by the hand, raised him, and he stood up.
When he entered the house, his disciples asked him in private, "Why could we not drive it out?"
He said to them, "This kind can only come out through prayer."

Copyright Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, USCCB

Commentary of the day :

Catechism of the Catholic Church

"I do believe, help my unbelief!"

The characteristics of faith. The freedom of faith: To be human, "man's response to God by faith must be free, and... therefore nobody is to be forced to embrace the faith against his will. the act of faith is of its very nature a free act." (Vatican II DH). "God calls men to serve him in spirit and in truth. Consequently they are bound to him in conscience, but not coerced. . . The necessity of faith: Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation.

Perseverance in faith: Faith is an entirely free gift that God makes to man. We can lose this priceless gift... To live, grow and persevere in the faith until the end we must nourish it with the word of God; we must beg the Lord to increase our faith (Lk 17,5; Mk 9,24); it must be "working through charity," (Gal 5,6) abounding in hope, and rooted in the faith of the Church.

Faith - the beginning of eternal life. Faith makes us taste in advance the light of the beatific vision, the goal of our journey here below. Then we shall see God "face to face" (1Cor 13,12), "as he is" (1Jn 3,2).So faith is already the beginning of eternal life...Now, however, "we walk by faith, not by sight"; we perceive God as "in a mirror, dimly" and only "in part". Even though enlightened by him in whom it believes, faith is often lived in darkness and can be put to the test. the world we live in often seems very far from the one promised us by faith. Our experiences of evil and suffering, injustice and death, seem to contradict the Good News; they can shake our faith and become a temptation against it... It is then we must turn to the witnesses of faith: to Abraham, who "in hope... believed against hope" (Rom 4,18); to the Virgin Maryin "her pilgrimage of faith" (Vatican II LG) and to so many others: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith" (Heb 12,1-2).

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