Sunday, June 04, 2006
Memorial, St. Boniface, bishop & martyr
June 5, 2006
Memorial, St. Boniface, bishop & martyr
Monday 9th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
2 PETER 1:2-7
May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of
Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that
pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called
us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his
precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape
from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become
partakers of the divine nature. For this very reason make every effort
to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and
knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and
steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection,
and brotherly affection with love.
He then began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard.
He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a
watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away
on a journey. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to
collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized
him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then he sent another
servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him
shamefully. He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent
many others; some of them they beat, others they killed. "He had one
left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying,
`They will respect my son.' "But the tenants said to one another, `This
is the heir. Come, let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'
So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
"What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill
those tenants and give the vineyard to others. Haven't you read this
scripture: "`The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;
the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?" Then they
looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the
parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left
him and went away.
Many fairy tales, Fr. Charles Miller, C.M., suggests, can be
interpreted with an underlying religious meaning. For instance, in
Cinderella the prince who is determined to find the maiden fair, who is
hidden in poverty and obscurity, can be understood as God seeking the
human person. However, Fr. Miller says that some Christians without
realizing it, behave as though they see themselves as the prince in
Cinderella, and see God as the pretty maiden whom the prince seeks and
finds. These Christians seem to believe that it is they who must seek
God, they who must take the initiative to find him.
It's not the human person, however, who seeks out God; rather it's God
who takes the initiative in searching for the human person. St.
Augustine writes that when we seek God we have already found him. God
is always present to us; we need only turn to him who has already found
"The divine power has freely bestowed on us everything necessary for a
life of genuine piety through knowledge of him who called us by his own
glory and power." Fr. Miller puts it very succinctly, "We have not
found God. God has found us."
God has bestowed on us sensitivity to his movements as he pursues us.
We have to activate this God-given sensitivity; we have to set into
motion our spiritual search-engine, that we might become aware of the
Lord as he pursues us.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy recovery of Cadio.
- for the speedy recovery of Aida.
- for the complete healing of Elvie Lazaga
- for the special intentions of Ding, Gerard, and Ricky
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam (+): John O. Cobonpue
- 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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