Tuesday, September 01, 2015

 

WEDNESDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

September 2, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time 
 
[Bl. James Bonnaud and Companions, Joseph Imbert and Jean Nicholas Cordier, 
Thomas Sitjar and Companions, Priests and Martyrs]
Green    
Col 1: 1 – 8 / Lk 4:38  – 44

[Bl. James Bonnaud (1740 – 1792), Jesuit priest born in Haiti, Joseph Imbert (1720 – 1794), French Jesuit priest, and Jean Nicholas Cordier (1710 – 1794), French Jesuit priest, were martyred during the French Revolution together with twenty-two others.]

[Bl. Thomas Sitjar (1866 – 1936), Spanish Jesuit priest, and ten others were martyred during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.]

Reading: Col 1:1 – 8
     Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God and Timothy our brother, to the saints in Colossae, our faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Receive grace and peace from God our Father, and Christ Jesus our Lord. Thanks be to God, the Father of Christ Jesus, our Lord!
     We constantly pray for you, for we have known of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints. Indeed you await in hope the inheritance reserved for you in heaven, of which you have heard through the word of truth. This Gospel, already present among you, is bearing fruit and growing throughout the world, as it did among you from the day you accepted it and understood the gift of God in all its truth.
     He who taught you, Epaphras, our dear companion in the service of Christ, faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, has reminded me of the love you have for me in the spirit. 

Gospel: Lk 4:38 - 44
     Leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to the house of Simon. His mother-in-law was suffering from high fever and they asked him to do something for her.  Bending over her, he rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and waited on them.
     At sunset, people suffering from many kinds of sickness were brought to Jesus. Laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Demons were driven out, howling as they departed from their victims, "You are the Son of God!" He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, for they knew he was the Messiah.
     Jesus left at daybreak and looked for a solitary place. People went out in search for him and, finding him, they tried to dissuade him from leaving. But he said, "I have to go to the other towns to announce the good news of the kingdom of God. That is what I was sent to do." So Jesus continued to preach in the synagogues of the Jewish country.

Reflection:
     The Gospel reading presents to us Jesus in his busy public ministry, bringing relief to the sick and those possessed by evil spirits, in addition to his teaching and preaching.  His cure of Peter's mother-in-law is an example of his concern for the sick and those in need.
     We see Jesus going off alone into a lonely place. The Gospel of Mark says, "Very early in the morning, before daylight, Jesus went off to a lonely place where he prayed." (Mk 1:35) Prayer and communion with his heavenly Father are key moments in Jesus' daily life, to be with and to thank his Father.
     Jesus' example of prayer time with his Father is important for all of us who claim to be his followers. It is important that, even in the midst of our busy daily lives, we find quiet time with God.  It is important for us to praise and thank God for his mercy and goodness to us. It is important to be with God our Father in heaven.
     St. Ignatius of Loyola taught and lived the importance of prayer in his life. In the midst of all his heavy apostolic activities, he felt the need to be with God, to find God in all things. He taught his followers to be and to live as  "contemplatives in action."


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

PRAYER FOR THE DEAD
Julian Nichols
R. Abel Garraghan

PRAYER FOR THE SICK
Orlando DeLaPena
Mary Kurian

BIRTHDAY
     ELIZABETH P. TUPAS
     LHORIE REYES
     MAPHIE TANDOC
     RENZMAR M. MALABANAN
     UY KIM

OTHER INTENTIONS:
For the eternal repose of the soul of Mrs. Elena Tan De La Cruz.

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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Monday, August 31, 2015

 

MONDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

August 31, 2015 MONDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Green  
      
1 Thes 4:13 – 18 / Lk 4:16 - 30

Reading: 1 Thes 4:13 – 18
     Brothers and sisters, we want you not to be mistaken about those who are already asleep, lest you grieve as do those who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose; it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus. God will bring them together with Jesus and for his sake.
     By the same word of the Lord we assert this: those of us who are to be alive at the Lord's coming will not go ahead of those who are already asleep. When the command by the archangel's voice is given, the Lord himself will come down from heaven, while the divine trumpet call is sounding. Then those who have died in the Lord will rise first; as for us who are still alive, we will be brought along with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the celestial world. And we will be with the Lord forever.
     So, then comfort one another with these words.

Gospel: Lk 4:16 – 30
     When Jesus came to Nazareth where he had been brought up, he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath as he usually did. . . He stood up to read. . . 
     Jesus then unrolled the scroll . . . : "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and new sight to the blind; to free the oppressed  and announce the Lord's year of mercy."
     Jesus then rolled up the scroll, gave it to the attendant and sat down, while the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he said to them, "Today these prophetic words come true even as you listen."
     All agreed with him and were lost in wonder, while he kept on speaking of the grace of God. Nevertheless they asked, "Who is this but Joseph's son?" . . . Jesus added, "No prophet is honored in his own country. Truly, I say to you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens withheld rain for three years and six months and a great famine came over the whole land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow of Zarephath, in the country of Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha, the prophet, and no one was healed except Naaman, the Syrian."
     On hearing these words, the whole assembly became indignant. They rose up and brought him out of the town . . . intending to throw him down the cliff. But he passed through their midst and went his way.

Reflection:
     Jesus grew up in Nazareth in Galilee. And, during his public ministry, he went back to his hometown where according to Luke, he was rejected. Why was it hard for the people of Nazareth to accept Jesus? Is this a reflection of our human frailty or was it due to spiritual blindness? Jealousy? Or looking down on a "carpenter's" son? We are often judgmental in our dealings with people around us. We reject people because they do not live up to our expectations. Rejection is never easy to accept. In whatever aspect of our lives, nobody wants to be rejected. 
     And yet, like the people of Nazareth, we continue to reject Christ in various aspects and in various times in our lives. We continue to commit sin and fail to live up according to Christ's commands. Do we find his message unacceptable? Do we find his challenges too difficult? Do we recognize his love for each one of us?
     Let us allow Christ to come into our hearts and live Christ-like lives.  Christ is in us. Let us not reject his presence in our lives.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     ANDREA NICOLE SIY
     DIDI VILLEGAS
     ERLINDA TAN
     VILMA ROY DUAVIT

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     JOSHUA LIM

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, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

September 1, 2015 TUESDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Green        
   
1 Thes 5:1 - 6, 9 – 11 / Lk 4:31 - 37  

Reading: 1 Thes 5:1 - 6, 9 – 11
     You do not need anyone to write to you about the delay and the appointed time for these events. You know that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When people feel secure and at peace, the disaster will suddenly come upon them as the birth pangs of a woman in labor, and they will not escape.
     But you, beloved, are not in darkness; so that day will not surprise you like a thief. All of you are citizens of the light and the day; we do not belong to night and darkness. Let us not, therefore, sleep as others do, but remain alert and sober.
     For God has not willed us to be condemned but to win salvation through Christ Jesus our Lord. He died for us so that we might enter into life with him, whether we are still awake or already asleep. Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, as you are doing now.

Gospel: Lk 4:31 - 37
     Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee, and began teaching the people at the sabbath meetings. They were astonished at the way he taught them, for his word was spoken with authority.
     In the synagogue there was a man possessed by an evil spirit who shouted in a loud voice, "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I recognize you: you are the Holy One of God." Then Jesus said to him sharply, "Be silent and leave this man!" The evil spirit then threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him harm. 
     Amazement seized all these people and they said to one another, "What does this mean? He commands the evil spirits with authority and power. He orders, and you see how they come out!" And news about Jesus spread throughout the surrounding area.

Reflection:
     The people who listened to Jesus were quite impressed by what he had to share and say. More so when a man with an unclean spirit came forward trying to challenge our Lord's authority and was causing a ruckus. Jesus just reprimanded the evil spirit and ordered him to leave. And the man was freed. The crowd were amazed with the authority of his Jesus' words.
     Let us place ourselves in the Gospel scene to grasp the message that Jesus was trying to convey. All of a sudden, there was a commotion, but Jesus rose to put the situation under his authority and control. Would we also be in awe with what we had just witnessed?
     Sometimes we just need to allow Jesus to put things in order. There may be other outside negative factors trying to distract us from focusing on his teachings. Let us remember that Jesus will silence those who prevent him from speaking about his love for us and who impede our listening to him. As long as we are willing to listen, Jesus will calm the chaos so we can really hear his words of love and support us.
     Please continue to pray for that open mind and open heart always ready to listen to what Jesus has to say. There may be distractions or unnecessary interruptions, but he will quiet any noise and bring peace and silence into our lives. All we have to do is have the real willingness to listen to his guiding voice. May our prayers become even more sensitive to his gentle whisperings. And even if our surroundings want to drown out his words, let the authority of Jesus silence everything that prevents us from hearing him.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     MARILES IBARRA

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     BENSON DY CHUA (DEC 15, 1945 – SEP 1, 2000)
     ELLEN YOUNG DY (AUG 19, 1928 – SEP 1, 1998)
     ELPIDIO YUSON DIZON, MD
     MARIE LOUISE CHENG FAINSAN

OTHER INTENTIONS:
For the special intentions & thanksgiving intentions of Beny Chua.

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, August 29, 2015

 

22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

August 30, 2015 - 22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 

Cycle B, Green            

 

Dt 4:1 – 2, 6 – 8 / Jas 1:17 – 18, 21b -22, 27 / Mk 7:1 – 8, 14 - 15, 21 - 23

 

First Reading: Dt 4:1 – 2, 6 – 8 

     And now, Israel, listen to the norms and laws which I teach that you may put them into practice. And you will live and enter and take possession of the land which Yahweh, the God of your fathers, gives you.

     Do not add anything to what I command you nor take anything away from it. But keep the commandments of Yahweh, your God, as I command you. 

     If you observe and practice them, other peoples will regard you as wise and intelligent. When they come to know of all these laws, they will say, "There is no people as wise and as intelligent as this great nation." For in truth, is there a nation as great as ours, whose gods are as near to it as Yahweh, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him? And is there a nation as great as ours whose norms and laws are as just as this Law which I give you today?

 

Second Reading: Jas 1:17 – 18, 21b -22, 27

     Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of Light, in whom there is no change or shadow of a change. By his own will he gave us life through the Word of Truth, that we might be a kind of offering to him among his creatures.

     Welcome the Word that has been planted in you and has the power to save you.

     Be doers of the Word and not just hearers, lest you deceive yourselves. 

     In the sight of God, our Father, pure and blameless religion lies in helping the orphans and widows in their need and keeping oneself from the world's corruption.

 

Gospel:  Mk 7:1 – 8, 14 - 15 

     One day the Pharisees gathered around Jesus and with them were some teachers of the Law who had just come from Jerusalem. They noticed that some of his disciples were eating their meal with unclean hands, that is, without washing them. Now the Pharisees, and in fact all Jews, never eat without washing their hands for they follow the tradition received from their ancestors. . . And there are many other traditions they observe, for example, the ritual washing of cups, pots and plates.

     So the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law asked him, "Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders, but eat with unclean hands?" Jesus answered, "You, shallow people! How well Isaiah prophesied of you when he wrote: 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. The worship they offer me is worthless, for what they teach are only human rules.' You even put aside the commandment of God to hold fast to human tradition."

     Jesus then called the people to him again and said to them, "Listen to me, all of you, and try to understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can make that person unclean. It is what comes out from within that makes unclean."

 

Reflection:

     It must have been shocking and simply revolutionary for Jesus to tell the Scribes and Pharisees, "Nothing that enters one from outside can make that person unclean.  It is what comes out from within that makes unclean."

     We can understand why the teachers of the Jews disagreed with Jesus for they were rigorous in their observance of the law and their traditions. Jesus criticized them for ignoring and missing out on the core values on which the law and their traditions were based. Would they allow themselves to starve on the sabbath when it was forbidden to work even to prepare food? Would they allow a person or animal at risk to perish on the sabbath because rescue would be considered forbidden work? 

     There were many restrictions and traditions on food. Certain foods were unclean and forbidden because they defiled a person. "Jesus declared that all foods are clean": "Do you not see that whatever comes from outside cannot make a person unclean? Since it enters, not the heart, but the stomach and is finally passed out." 

     Jesus clarified, "What comes out of a person is what defiles, for evil designs come out of the heart. . . All these evil things come from within and make a person unclean."

     Jesus chastised them fro their wrong priorities, "You, shallow people! How well Isaiah prophesied of you when he wrote: 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. The worship they offer me is worthless, for what they teach are only human rules.'  You even put aside the commandment of God to hold fast to human tradition."

     Our attitudes play a key role in what or how we feel and how we decide and behave.  Events and situations come and go in our lives: we deal with them according to our attitudes and beliefs.  

     Our attitudes, priorities and biases lead us to goodness or closed to it.  We have ears but may not hear because we are not able to hear or because we refuse to hear. However difficult or oppressive the situations we are in, we can be depressed and without hope or we can have hope and face the problems bravely, especially when we know we can always hope for and depend on God's help and grace. 

     God's grace makes use of our attitudes within ourselves so that we are not overwhelmed by situations around us but that we are enabled to adjust and behave ourselves towards what is good and right. 

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     FERNIDAND FORONDA

     LUIS GERARDO MANABAT

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     DR. BENJAMIN G. CASTILLO

 

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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Friday, August 28, 2015

 

SATURDAY, 21ST Week in Ordinary Time

August 29, 2015 SATURDAY, 21ST Week in Ordinary Time

Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist    

Memorial, Red  

         

1 Thes 4:9 – 11 / Mk 6:17 - 29

 

Reading: 1 Thes 4:9 – 11

  Regarding mutual love, you do not need anyone to write to you, because God himself taught you how to love one another. You already practice it with all the brothers and sisters of Macedonia, but I invite you to do more. Consider how important it is to live quietly without bothering others, to mind your own business, and work with your hands, as we have charged you. 

 

Gospel: Mk 6:17 - 28

     Herod had ordered John to be arrested and had him bound and put in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. Herod had married her and John had told him, "It is not right for you to live with your brother's wife."

     So Herodias held a grudge against John and wanted to kill him, but she coud not because Herod respected John.  He knew John to be an upright and holy man and kept him safe.  And he liked listening to him, although he became very disturbed whenever he heard him.

     Herodias had her chance at Herod's birthdsy, when he gave a dinner for all the senior government officials, military chiefs and leaders of Galilee. 

     On that occasion the daughter of Herodias came in and danced; and she delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask me for anything you want and I will give it to you. . . " "I will give you anyhting you ask, even half my kingdom."

     She went out to consult her mother, "What shall I ask for?" The mother replied, "The head of John the Baptist." The girl hurried to the king and made her request, "I want you to give me the head of John the Baptist, here and now, on a dish."

     The king was very displeased, but he would not refuse in front of his guests because of his oaths. So he sent one of the bodyguards with orders to bring John's head. He went and beheaded John in prison; then he broiught the head on a dish and gave it to the girl. And the girl gave it to her mother.

 

Reflection:

     John the Baptist's role in salvation history was to immediately prepare for the coming of the Messiah. His birth was foretold by an angel, "This son of yours will be great in the eyes of God . . . Through him many of the people of Israel will turn to the Lord their God.  He himself will open the way to the Lord with the spirit and power of Elijah." (Lk 1: 15 -17)  

     The Prologue of John's Gospel summarizes the role of John: "A man came, sent by God, his name was John. He came to bear witness, as a witness to introduce the Light so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light but a witness to introduce the Light." (Jn1:6– 8). John introduces Jesus, "There is the Lamb of God." (Jn 1: 36)

     And Jesus himself acknowledges John's greatness, "I tell you this: no one greater than John the Baptist has come forward among the sons of women." (Jn 11: 11)

     It is then but fitting that John crowned his witness to the Messiah and to the truth with his martyrdom.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     CRISTE R. DADUA

     FR. CANDIDO O. LIM, SJ

 

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, August 27, 2015

 

FRIDAY, 21TH Week in Ordinary Time

August 28, 2015 FRIDAY, 21TH Week in Ordinary Time

St. Augustine, 

Bishop and Doctor of the Church   

Memorial, White           

 

1 Thes 4:1 – 8 / Mt 25: 1 - 13

 

[Born in Tagaste in Africa, St. Augustine (354 – 430), Bishop of Hippo, was one of the greatest doctors of the Church.]

 

Reading: 1 Thes 4:1 – 3a

For the rest, brothers, we ask you in the name of Jesus, the Lord, and we urge you to live in a way that pleases God, just as you have learned from us. You know the instructions we gave you on behalf of the Lord Jesus: the will of God for you is to become holy.

 

Gospel: Mt 25:1 - 13 

     Jesus said, "This story throws light on what will happen in the kingdom of heaven. Ten bridesmaids went out with their lamps to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were careless while the others were sensible. 

     "The careless bridesmaids took their lamps as they were and did not bring extra oil. But those who were sensible, brought with their lamps flasks of oil. As the bridegroom delayed, they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. "

"But at midnight, a cry rang out: 'The bridegroom is here, come out and meet him!' All the maidens woke up at once and trimmed their lamps. Then the careless ones said to the sensible ones: 'Give us some oil, for our lamps are going out.' The sensible ones answered: 'There may not be enough for both you and us. You had better go to those who sell and buy for yourselves.' 

     "They were out buying oil when the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him to the wedding feast, and the doors were shut. 

     "Later the rest of the bridesmaids arrived and called out: 'Lord, Lord, open to us.' But he answered: 'Truly, I do not know you.' 

     "So, stay awake, for you do not know the day nor the hour."

 

Reflection:

     Today's first reading invites us to take a close look at how we live our daily lives. As Christians, early on in life we were taught right and wrong and all about the commandments. St. Paul reminds the Thessalonians about the challenge and command to "become holy."

     The Gospel invites to be wise, to know the ways of the Lord and to be ready all the time. The lesson of the parable of the ten bridesmaids, five "careless" and five "sensible" is simple and clear, to be ready all the time for the coming of the bridegroom: "So, stay awake, for you do not know the day nor the hour."

     Otherwise one may be left out of the wedding banquet: "Truly, I do not know you." 

     We are reminded of this every time we pray the Hail Mary: "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the our of our death." We ask for God's grace and help now and especially at the time we face God. 

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     ELIGIO R. REYES

 

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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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

 

THURSDAY St. Monica, Widow

August 27, 2015 THURSDAY
St. Monica, Widow
Memorial, White    
       
1 Thes 3:7 – 13 / Mt 24: 42 - 51 
 
[Born in Tagaste in Africa, St. Monica (331 – 387) prayed for the conversion of her son, St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430).]

Reading: 1 Thes 3:7 – 13
     What a consolation for us, brothers and sisters, in the midst of our troubles and trials, this faith of yours! It is a breath of life for us when you stand firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for all the joy that we feel before God because of you? Day and night we beg of him to let us see you again, that we may complete the instruction of the believers.
     May God our Father and Jesus our Lord prepare the way for us to visit you. May the Lord increase more and more your love for each other and for all people, as he increases our love for you. May he strengthen you internally to be holy and blameless before God, our Father, on the day that Jesus, our Lord, will come with all his saints.

Gospel: Mt 24:42 - 51
     Jesus said, "Stay awake, then, for you do not know on what day your Lord will come. Just think about this: if the owner of the house knew that the thief would come by night around a certain hour, he would stay awake to prevent his house to be broken into. So be alert, for the Son of Man will come at the hour you least expect.
     "Imagine a capable servant whom his master has put in charge of his household to give them food at the proper time. Fortunate indeed is that servant whom his master will find at work when he comes. Truly, I say to you, his lord will entrust that one with everything he has.
     "Not so with the bad servant who thinks: My master is delayed. And he begins ill-treating his fellow servants while eating and drinking with drunkards. But his master will come on the day he does not know and at the hour he least expects. He will dismiss that servant and deal with him as with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth"

Reflection:
     In our lives, we look up to and idolize many people. They may be our parents, teachers, great men, outstanding athletes, etc. In the first reading, we see how Christians look up to and strengthen one another when they live their faith. Seeing a fellow Christian live an exemplary life – a life of humility, simplicity and holiness despite many trials and sufferings – can truly inspire us.  
     We should have the habit of inspiring each other by persevering in our love and service for the Lord. Our common goal is heaven and Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and the Church is our Mother.  We know that Jesus will come again anytime so we must encourage one another to live our faith with fervor and devotion.  
     St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, prayed for the conversion of her son and God granted her prayer.  She was also a model of Christian virtue to others. In her advanced age, she told her son that nothing in this world matters anymore except for the time when she would be admitted into paradise. After such a conversation, five days later, she became seriously ill and died.  Her holy wish was granted by the Lord.   
     St. Monica lived out the lesson our Lord gave us in the Gospel reading to be, like what is expected of a good servant, always ready for the coming of the master of the household: "Fortunate indeed is that servant whom his master will find at work when he comes. Truly, I say to you, his lord will entrust that one with everything he has." 


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     LUIS CHUA

OTHER INTENTIONS:
For the healing & recovery of Agnes Jaime Toleran

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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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

 

WEDNESDAY, 21st Week in Ordinary Time

August 26, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 21st Week in Ordinary Time
Green
     
1 Thes 2:9 – 13 / Mt 23:27 – 32

Reading: 1 Thes 2:9 - 10
     Remember our labor and toil; when we preached the Gospel, we worked day and night so as not to be a burden to you. You are witnesses with God that we were holy, just and blameless toward all of you who now believe. 

Gospel: Mt 23:27 - 32
     Jesus said, "Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs beautiful in appearance, but inside are only dead bones and uncleanness. In the same way you appear as religious to others, but you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness within. 
     "Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous. You say: 'Had we lived in the time of our ancestors. We would not have joined them in the blood of prophets.' So, you yourselves confess to be kins of those who murdered the prophets. And now, finish off what your ancestors began!" 

Reflection:
     In the first reading, St. Paul declares that he and those who preached the Gospel of Christ were "holy, just and blameless toward all of you who now believe," that they strove to be honest and truthful in living out what they preached. 
     In the Gospel reading Jesus criticizes the  "teachers of the Law and the Pharisees' for being "hypocrites." He was disgusted by their pretensions, with beautiful outside appearances but with decaying and evil insides. 
     Today we regret to say we continue to have "teachers of the Law" and leaders who are hypocrites, who do not live out what they teach. But at the same time we also find many who are honest and truthful and who strive to live out the Gospel message they have heard.
     We probably know people we can completely trust: they are always truthful: "I also tell the truth. It is hard for me to tell a lie. I was raised to always tell the truth." These people would not understand why people lie, why people do not tell the truth. They were brought up by parents and in families which truly treasured the importance of telling the truth. They were bred and trained never to tolerate "gray" shades in their words and actions.
     Let us ask the Holy Spirit to empower all of us to always be truthful and honest in our words and actions. Let us ask that the Holy Spirit will encourage those who bring people up, especially parents and teachers, to consistently teach the value of the truth in word and action. Let us rejoice at and encourage all, especially the young, to always live by the truth.
     Let us pray that our pastors and teachers may be honest and truthful and not be hypocrites as they preach and live out the Gospel message.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     EDWIN C. INOCENTES
     MARY JANE BILLANES

OTHER INTENTIONS:
For the thanksgiving & personal intentions of Beny Chua.
For the intentions of the Bulacan clergy who are on retreat now.

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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