Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Memorial, St. Polycarp, bishop & martyr
February 23, 2006
Memorial, St. Polycarp, bishop & martyr
Thursday 7th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon
you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your
gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against
you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for
the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields,
which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the harvesters
have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth
in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of
slaughter. You have condemned, you have killed the righteous man; he
does not resist you.
For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink
because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his reward.
"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it
would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck
and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin,
cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two
hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes
you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than
with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to
sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God
with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, where their
worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched. For every one will be
salted with fire. Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its saltness,
how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with
Jesus sets the tone in today's reading - we are reminded that we are
"salt of the earth." Salt is used in many ways - to add flavor, to
preserve, and to purify. Salt also symbolizes the gifts and talents
that God endows to each person. By our decisions and actions, we can
preserve, purify and give flavor to our communities, our world. When we
choose to live by Christ's teaching and examples, when we share of our
time, ourselves with others, in service and love, we "season" the world
with a distinct Christian "flavor."
In the Jewish tradition, sacrifices were seasoned with salt to show
that the person offering the sacrifice is ready to face trials and
hardships, to follow God's call, his holy Will. Perhaps we now have
certain challenges to face in our lives - personal weaknesses, issues
at the workplace, concerns with our family and personal relationships.
These trials all have a purifying nature. Like a goldsmith who wants us
to shine, God puts us to the test of salt, of fire. He knows that we
can overcome these challenges set out before us, by his grace and
guidance. Sometimes, though, the tests may seem to difficult to pass,
the trials too burdensome to carry. He may seem to be harsh with his
rules, and we may complain that it's a tough act to follow. He sets
these rules in place for our own good. Can you imagine what a chaotic
world it would be if there were no rules to go by, no guidelines, no
"do's and don'ts"?
We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the healing, courage and strength of Theresa.
- for the physical and spiritual healing and strength of Teresita De
- for the physical and spiritual healing and strength of Beth.
- for those that are sick and abandoned. May the Blessed Mother give
- for the special intentions of Mike Torres.
- for the personal intentions of Charles & Cheryl C.
- for the personal intentions of Cha.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Pablo Dulay Sr., Eternal rest
grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all
the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for an increase in faith and perseverance in living a good life for
Christ for Corie.
- for the spiritual, sound mind and physical healing of Michael O.
- for the personal intentions of Archelle.
- for the success operations on 24 February and quick recovery of my
mother Amalia Lim Payabyab
- for security and protection of my husband - Edwin Lopez whose
celebrating his birthday on 24 February
- for the soul of my auntie Gloria Lim Catanghal
- for my personal intention Elyza Payabyab Lopez
- for the guidance and protection of our Christian Life Program
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Eric Sun
- for world peace and reconciliation.
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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