Sunday, March 12, 2006
Monday 2nd week of Lent
March 13, 2006
Monday 2nd week of Lent - Yr II
"LORD, great and awesome God, you who keep your merciful covenant
toward those who love you and observe your commandments! We have
sinned, been wicked and done evil; we have rebelled and departed from
your commandments and your laws. We have not obeyed your servants the
prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, our
fathers, and all the people of the land. Justice, O Lord, is on your
side; we are shamefaced even to this day: we, the men of Judah, the
residents of Jerusalem, and all Israel, near and far, in all the
countries to which you have scattered them because of their treachery
toward you. O LORD, we are shamefaced, like our kings, our princes, and
our fathers, for having sinned against you. But yours, O Lord, our God,
are compassion and forgiveness! Yet we rebelled against you and paid no
heed to your command, O LORD, our God, to live by the law you gave us
through your servants the prophets."
Jesus said to his disciples: "Be merciful, just as your Father is
merciful. "Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and
you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and
gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken
down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure
with which you measure will in return be measured out to you."
Today's first reading gives us an insight into how Daniel prayed to the
Lord. Daniel praised God for his love, then he acknowledged his own
sinfulness especially when he turned away from his commands and laws.
He confessed and regretted those actions that filled him with shame and
finally declared that the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving.
In our own lives, can we reflect on the aspects that lead us to prayer?
Perhaps we pray for a loved one who is sick or troubled, for ourselves
to ease our burdens and anxiety, for the people in our community, our
country or even to offer prayers to bring peace to our troubled world.
Whatever or whomever we pray for, we must always remember the Lord our
God from whom we have learned forgiveness, mercy and love.
In our daily lives, perhaps we would gather to discuss with others to
discuss what another person's misfortune or good fortune. Did we then
unwittingly judge this person, or worse still, condemn his actions?
In the Gospel today, Jesus strongly reminds us that we should not
judge, we should not condemn, and that we should be forgiving to our
fellow human beings. The consequence of this will be that we ourselves
will not be judged, condemned and unforgiven by others. Perhaps this is
what we should keep in mind the next time we are drawn to judge, gossip
about others without knowing firsthand the truth.
"For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out
We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the restoration of love and understanding of Charles & Cheryl C.
- for the healing and speedy recovery of Poch Robles, Armi Araujo,
and Eric Guevarra.
- for the healing of Tina M. Ocampo.
- for the healing and speedy recovery of Leoncio Chua.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Gloria S. Pe
- Birthday: Teresa Tan Ruste
- 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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