Friday, June 23, 2017

 

SATURDAY, NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

June 24, 2017 – SATURDAY, NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

Solemnity, White

 

Vigil: Jer 1: 4 - 10 / 1 Pt 1: 8- 12 / Lk 1: 5 - 17

Day: Is 49: 1 - 6 I Acts 13: 22- 26 / Lk 1: 57- 66, 80

 

FROM THE FIRST READING (Day):     Is 49: 1 - 5, 6b

     Listen to me, O islands, pay attention, peoples from distant lands. Yahweh called me from my mother's womb; he pronounced my name before I was born. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword. He hid me in the shadow of his hand. He made me into a polished arrow set apart in his quiver. He said to me, "You are Israel, my servant, through you I will be known." "I have labored in vain, I thought and spent my strength for nothing."

 

     And now Yahweh has spoken, he who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, to gather Israel to him.... I will make you the light of the nations, that my salvation will reach to the ends of the earth."

 

FROM THE 2ND READING (Day):     Acts 13: 23 - 25

     It is from the descendants of David that God has now raised up the promised Savior of Israel, Jesus. Before he appeared, John proclaimed a baptism of repentance for all the people of Israel. As John was ending his life's work, he said: "I am not what you think I am, for after me another one is coming whose sandal I am not worthy to untie."

 

FROM THE GOSPEL READINGS:     Lk 1: 13, 17, 76- 77

     But the angel said to Zechariah, "Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son and you shall name him John.... He himself will open the way to the Lord with the spirit and power of the prophet Elijah; he will reconcile fathers and children, and lead the disobedient to wisdom and righteousness, in order to make ready for the Lord a people prepared." ...

 

     "And you, my child, shall be called prophet of the Most High, for you shall go before the Lord to prepare the way for him and enable his people to know of their salvation when he comes to forgive their sins."

 

REFLECTION

     What is the purpose of your life?

 

     A research on College students (Rahman and Khaleque, 1996) compared students who enjoyed their lives and studies with students who were least comfortable with their lives and environment. A major difference in the two groups was their sense of underlying purpose in life. Twice as many of the happy group had a clear purpose in life.

 

     Without a purpose, nothing matters. Many of us work forty hours a week, come home to cook, clean and do various activities. But, if there is no clear reason for doing all this, none of these activities will mean anything.

 

     Say, you are a student. Why should you study for a test? You could say, to do well in your course. Why do you care to get a degree? Because it would help for a good paying job. Now, the good job may be years away, but it is a foundation, a motive, upon which your efforts are directed. Take away the desired outcome and all the steps in-between would just be killing time.

 

     What is God's purpose for my life? His only desire for us is that each one may have the fullness of life and happiness. The key to this is finding and doing God's will for us.

 

     But how do we find God's purpose for us? For John the Baptist, the purpose of his life was clearly revealed by the angel even from his conception. Mary was also told by the angel God's will for her Child-to-be Jesus.

 

     For many of us and even for some of the greatest saints, God reveals the purpose of our life slowly and quietly. We have to truly desire to discern God's will for us, by listening to people, events and circumstances of our life.

 

     What is God's purpose for my life? May we find God's will for us, the key to fullness of life and joy.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     ELAINE MARGARET W. CUYEGKENG

 

IN MEMORIAM (†)

     TAN SUI YET (JUL 29, 1910 - JUN 24,1986)

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the speedy recovery and complete healing of Renan Lacida.

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

FRIDAY, THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS

June 23, 2017 – FRIDAY, THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Solemnity, White

 

Dt 7: 6 -11 / 1 Jn 4: 7- 16 / Mt 11: 25 - 30

 

     The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was first celebrated in Rennes, France on 31 August 1670, through the efforts of St. John Eudes (1602 - 1680). The "great apparition" of the Sacred Heart to St. Mary Margaret Alacoque (1647 - 1690) on 16 June 1875 is the main impetus for the modern devotion to the Sacred Heart. Officially celebrated in France by 1785, the Feast of the Sacred Heart was extended to the universal Church by Pope Pius IX in 1856.

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:     Dt 7: 6- 8

     You are a people consecrated to Yahweh, your God. Yahweh has chosen you from among all the peoples on the face of the earth, that you may be his own people. Yahweh has bound himself to you and has chosen you, not because you are the most numerous among all the peoples (on the contrary, you are the least). Rather he has chosen you because of his love for you and to fulfill the oath he made to your fathers. Therefore, with a firm hand Yahweh brought you out from slavery in Egypt, from the power of Pharaoh.

 

GOSPEL READING:     Mt 11: 25- 30

     On that occasion Jesus said, "Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people. Yes, Father, this is what pleased you.

 

     "Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

 

     "Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest. For my yoke is good and my burden light."

 

REFLECTION

     From the beginning of man's existence, selfish motives have so often driven his actions. Cain's jealousy of his brother blinded him to kill his own brother. Jacob's deceit, assisted by his mother, drove him to steal the birthright of his brother Esau. King David's lust led him to arrange the death of Uriah, the rightful husband of Bathsheba.

   

     Throughout the history of mankind, greed and murder, lies and deceit, conflicts and wars have plagued human existence, proof of how selfish motivations have so often driven men to do evil against their fellows. Etched in the hearts of men is a selfish mechanism for self-survival and self-aggrandizement. With time and so-called progress, there have been newer and more effective ways of deception, corruption and even mass destruction.

 

     Many then see as folly to be selfless and loving of others. Their experiences of pain and betrayal, injustice and evil teach them to learn to survive. They become conscious that shrewdness is needed to get what they want, that telling lies advances their status, that they must do what they have to protect their own interests. With selfishness as driving force, the reality of injustice and violence begetting more violence and injustice becomes inevitable.

 

     It is in this purview that Christianity's central message of love brings light and hope to this darkening path to perdition. In a world that freely embraces selfishness and greed, God's light pierces the dark as he reveals himself as Love. Through the incarnation of the Son of God, God speaks once for all and his voice is filled with an unfathomable love for humanity.

 

     Through his Son Jesus, God reveals his concern for the needy and marginalized, for the sick and the suffering. He reveals himself as a God of mercy and forgiveness to bring mankind closer to him. It is in this context of God's love for us that the call to love one's neighbor finds meaning. By entering into human history, God has spoken of what he is: love, charity and generosity.

 

     This is what we celebrate at the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, God's love for us, revealed in Christ's love and life for us.

   

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     CRESENCIO T. JAO 

     JEFFREY CHUA

     ROSA MEOLI AND FAMILY

 

IN MEMORIAM (†)

     JEROME TAN

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

 

WEDNESDAY, 11th Week in Ordinary Time

June 21, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 11th Week in Ordinary Time

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious

Memorial, White

 

2 Cor 9: 6- 11 / Mt 6: 1 - 6, 16- 18

 

     Born of a noble Italian family, St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568 - 1591) died as a Jesuit scholastic, with his health broken while nursing the plague-stricken.

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:     2 Cor 9: 6- 9

     The one who sows meagerly will reap meagerly, and there shall be generous harvests for the one who sows generously. Each of you should give as you decided personally, and not reluctantly as if obliged. God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to fill you with every good thing, so that you have enough of everything at all times, and may give abundantly for any good work. Scripture says: He distributed, he gave to the poor, his good works last forever.

 

FROM THE GOSPEL READING:     Mt 6: 1 - 4

     Jesus said to his disciples, "Be careful not to make a show of your righteousness before people. If you do so, you do not gain anything from your Father in heaven. When you give something to the poor, do not have it trumpeted before you, as do those who want to be seen in the synagogues and in the streets in order to be praised by people. I assure you they have already been paid in full.

 

     "If you give something to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your gift remains really secret. Your Father who sees what is kept secret will reward you."

 

REFLECTION

     One of the memorable homilies I remember was from our school head before we graduated from High School, "Go, make money and be rich!"

 

     It was just before our graduation. He paused a few moments to let his words sink in. "Magpakayaman kayo," he reiterated. We were not quite sure what he was saying, what he meant. Why was our school head urging us to become rich, rather than to live simple lives?

 

     Having caught our attention, he then explained that wealth was both boon and bane. With it we could live good lives; but it could also corrupt us. Too much attention and desire for wealth could lead us to sin.

 

     The challenge, he continued, was to have financial capacity not only for ourselves but more for the marginalized. Every peso we earned could help those who needed it. Give abundantly when we could. With this generous mindset we avoid the temptation of wanting more just to have more.

 

     It is not bad to aspire for a comfortable life. But as we work for it, especially as we achieve it, let us not ignore our brothers and sisters who do not have the capacity or opportunity or resources to have the same. It is our responsibility to share with others cheerfully and generously so that they do not get left behind.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     RON JOSEPH F. QUENANGAN

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Monday, June 19, 2017

 

TUESDAY, 11th Week in Ordinary Time

June 20, 2017 – TUESDAY, 11th Week in Ordinary Time

Green

 

2 Cor 8: 1- 9 / Mt 5: 43 – 48

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:     2 Cor 8:1 - 3, 8- 9

     Now I want you to know about a gift of divine grace among the Churches of Macedonia. While they were so afflicted and persecuted, their joy overflowed and their extreme poverty turned into a wealth of generosity. According to their means- even beyond their means- they wanted to share in helping the saints...

 

     This is not a command; I make known to you the determination of others to check the sincerity of your fraternal concern. You know well the generosity of Christ Jesus, our Lord. Although he was rich, he made himself poor to make you rich through his poverty.

 

GOSPEL READING:           Mt 5: 43 - 48

     Jesus said to his disciples, "You have heard that it was said: Love your neighbor and do not do good to your enemy But this I tell you: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of Our Father in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on both the wicked and the good, and he gives rain to both the just and the unjust.

 

     "If you love those who love you, what is special about that? Do not even tax collectors do as much? And if you are friendly only to your friends, what is so exceptional about that? Do not even the pagans do as much? For your part you shall be righteous and perfect in the way that your heavenly Father is righteous and perfect."

 

REFLECTION

     In the first reading Paul praises the Corinthians for their generosity to help those in need and exhorts them to continue being generous, following the example of Christ: "You know well the generosity of Christ Jesus, our Lord. Although he was rich, he made himself poor to make you rich through his poverty."

 

     The generous person enriches others with his help but is himself also enriched by being open-handed; and of course, he is repaid by God.

 

     In the Gospel reading we are enjoined to love our enemies. We have enemies because we may have offended them or others may be envious of our good fortune or the evil one may have provoked others to go against us. If, with God's grace, we are able to do good to our enemies, they may

even be our staunchest supporters.

 

     There may be others who are, for whatever reasons, simply evil and unjust, conceited and self-serving, who enjoy persecuting and destroying others: God calls us to love them and to pray for them. With God's grace, they may soften their hearts and reform. For indeed, with God's grace, nothing is impossible.

   

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 

     BONIFACE & CECELIA

     QUIRINO & ROSALINA UY 

 

ORDINATION 

     FR.THOMAS O'GORMAN,SJ

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the repose of the soul of Rosy Reinoso

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

 

MONDAY, 11th Week in Ordinary Time

June 19, 2017 – MONDAY, 11th Week in Ordinary Time 

St. Romuald, Abbot Green

 

2 Cor 6: 1 - 10 / Mt 5: 38- 42

 

     St. Romuald (d. 1027), an Italian Benedictine from a noble family, founded the Camaldolese monks in 980.

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:     2 Cor 6: 3- 7

     We are concerned not to give anyone any occasion to stumble or criticize our mission. Instead we prove we are true ministers of God in every way by our endurance in so many trials, in hardships, afflictions, floggings, imprisonment, riots, fatigue, sleepless nights and days of hunger.

 

     People can notice in our upright life, knowledge, patience and kindness, action of the Holy Spirit, sincere love, words of truth and power of God. So we fight with the weapons of justice, to attack as well as to defend.

 

GOSPEL READING:     Mt 5: 38- 42

     Jesus said to his disciples, "You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you this: do not oppose evil with evil; if someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn and offer the other. If someone sues you in court for your shirt, give your coat as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give when asked and do not turn your back on anyone who wants to borrow from you."

 

REFLECTION

     The Scripture readings tell us that to be a follower of Christ entails challenges such as avoiding evil and loving one's enemies. One does not have to look so far to come across one's "enemies": they could be among family, among friends and co-workers. To love one's enemies is to extend compassion and forgiveness on them, just as Jesus did. Jesus died on the cross for us, when we were his enemies.

 

     Love is a choice, especially for those difficult to love. Choosing to use kind words instead of answering back, extending compassion instead of revenge and hatred can work wonders. We Christians are called to mirror Jesus' unconditional love for others. Just as we seek and ask for God's forgiveness for our failures, we should be ready to forgive others for their transgressions against us.

 

     It is by the urging and grace of the Holy Spirit that we are able to accept and forgive those who have wronged us, to overcome our human tendencies of anger and pride, revenge and judgment of others. It is in choosing to love and forgive that we show our own repentance before God.

 

     Let us ask the Holy Spirit for the strength to show compassion, forgiveness and love for all, especially those who are so difficult to love.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     AUNG SAN SUU KYI

 

PRAYER INTENTION

     EMELINDA TECK YU

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the healing and recovery of Rosy Reinoso.

For the repose of the soul of William Uy.

For the speedy recovery and complete healing of Renan Lacida.

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

 

SUNDAY, THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

June 18, 2017 – SUNDAY, THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

Solemnity, White

 

Dt 8: 2- 3, 14b- 16a / 1 Cor 10: 16- 17 

Sequence, Lauda Sian / Jn 6: 51 -58

 

     Originating in France in the mid-thirteenth century, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) was extended to the universal Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. The Feast calls us to focus on the two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Church.

 

2nd Reading:     1 Cor 10: 16- 17

     The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a communion with the blood of Christ? And the bread that we break, is it not a communion with the body of Christ? The bread is one, and so we, though many, form one body, sharing the one bread.

 

GOSPEL READING:     Jn 6: 51 -58

     Jesus said to his disciples, "I am the living bread which has come down from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever. The bread I shall give is my flesh for the life of the world."

 

The Jews were arguing among themselves, "How can this man give us flesh to eat?" So Jesus replied, "Truly, I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives with eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.

 

     "My flesh is really food and my blood is drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me and I in them. Just as the Father, who is life, sent me and I have life from the Father, so whoever eats me will have life from me. This is the bread which came from heaven; unlike that of our ancestors, who ate and drank and later died. Those who eat this bread will live forever."

 

REFLECTION

     Even children ask, "Why did Jesus have to die? And why in such a horrible way?" Standard theology would answer that Jesus offered his body and blood to save humanity from sin and death. For most children, that may suffice.

 

     However, some could question further, "But couldn't God with his infinite power find an easier and less painful way to save everyone?" This may be wishful thinking but it is a valid question. Jesus himself may have wondered about it when he prayed, "Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me." (Mt 26:39)

 

     Indeed, the simpler and more authentic explanation to Jesus' sacrifice of body and blood is that it was God's will and Jesus' choice to follow it. Among the many options and possibilities, this way was chosen, brutal and hear­ wrenching. It is difficult to make sense of it. Parents shield their children from harm; parents can be so protective of their children that they would willingly sacrifice themselves for their children. How must Jesus have felt when asked by his Father to offer himself to such torture and pain? How would a parent feel when he/she asks his/her child to undergo torture and pain? It must have been a very difficult decision to make.

 

     Nonetheless, Jesus offered his body and blood as a gift on the cross. It did not have to be that way. But it showed the lengths to which love did go. It is a love that endures any pain, accepts insults and rejection, and still forgives, stubbornly refusing to give up on people. This great love is what we remember and celebrate in the Eucharist. At Mass, Jesus does not look at who we are or what we do or did, but simply loves and gives himself freely for us.

 

     So if a child asks why Jesus died on the cross, a better response would be, because sometimes that is what love entails. And we should ask ourselves, "How far is my own love willing to go?"

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     ALFRED JOHNSON GOTAMCO DY

     ANNE GRETCHEN CHOA-UY

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 

     WILBERT LIM & REGINA SINGSON LIM

 

IN MEMORIAM (†)

     TONY NG CHU CHEE (NOV 1,1919 - JUNE 18, 2005)

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the repose of the soul of William UY

 

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Friday, June 16, 2017

 

SATURDAY, 10th Week in Ordinary Time

June 17, 2017 – SATURDAY, 10th Week in Ordinary Time

Green

 

2 Cor 5: 14 - 21 / Mt 5: 33 – 37

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:     2 Cor 5: 14- 19

     Indeed the love of Christ holds us and we realize that, if he died for all, all have died. He died for all so that those who live may live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and rose again for them. And so from now on we do not regard anyone from a human point of view; and even if we once knew Christ personally, we should now regard him in another way.

 

     For that same reason, the one who is in Christ is a new creature. For him the old things have passed away; a new world has come. All this is the work of God who in Christ has reconciled us to himself, and who entrusted to us the ministry of reconciliation. Because in Christ God reconciled the world to himself, no longer taking into account their trespasses and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

 

GOSPEL READING:     Mt 5: 33- 37

     Jesus said to his disciples, "You have also heard that people were told in the past: Do not break your oath; an oath sworn to the Lord must be kept. But I tell you this: do not take oaths. Do not swear by the heavens, for they are God's throne, nor by the earth because it is his footstool, nor by Jerusalem because it is the city of the great king. Do not even swear by your head because you cannot make a single hair white or black. Say yes when you mean yes and say no when you mean no. Anything else you say comes from the devil."

 

REFLECTION

     Today our Lord reminds us to speak truthfully and so live with integrity.

 

     Our words are powerful. Our words can mislead people, set wrong directions, hurt feelings, divide a community and maybe even kill. We must take care that what we say is what we honestly and truly mean. And what we honestly mean is what is truthful and real.

 

     Simply put, our words must be words lived out always in a life of truthful love. We need not take an oath to profess our compassion for others, especially the weak: we need only to express it daily in heartfelt and generous charity. We need not pronounce vows to assure others of our sincerity: we need only to be consistent in our humble service. We need not swear unremitting loyalty to prove that we are trustworthy: we only need faithfulness in our day-to-day responsibilities and respect for our dreams for the least in our society.

 

     It is only when our words reflect and signify the Truth that the Word-made­ Flesh has revealed to us that our words could be truly powerful, life-giving and life-sustaining. Let us then pray to the God of Truth that we may speak truthfully and so live with integrity.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 

     DANTE & MARIZA CENIDO

 

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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