Friday, June 09, 2006
Saturday 9th Week in Ordinary Time
June 10, 2006
Saturday 9th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
2 TIMOTHY 4:1-8
Beloved: I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who
will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly
power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or
inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and
teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound
doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity,
will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will
be diverted to myths. But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances;
put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your
ministry. For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the
time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished
the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness
awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that
day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.
In the course of his teaching Jesus said, "Beware of the scribes, who
like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the
marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at
banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite
lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation." He sat
down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into
the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also
came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his
disciples to himself, he said to them, "Amen, I say to you, this poor
widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For
they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her
poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood."
We live in a society in which values that are contrary to the Gospel
message are canonized. The cornerstone is not Christ but economics. A
person's value is measured more often than not in terms of his economic
Today's Gospel reading is heavy with irony. Here, the scribes, the
self-appointed hope of Israel, parade about-Jesus' own words-in their
robes, accepting marks of respect in public, front seats in the
synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the savings of
widows and recite long prayers for the sake of appearance.
In contrast is the humble, quiet faith of the poor widow. She is the
authentic hope of Israel and represents everything Israel could have
been. With a single gesture, dropping a few small coins in the poor
box, this woman captures the heart of the message of the classic
prophets, of the wisdom writings and of Jesus' teaching about the Law.
Here in the middle of the highly politicized city of Jerusalem, the
center of hostility to Jesus, comes this woman at the very end of
Jesus' ministry, who stands for the best and the richest spirituality
which the Old Testament and Jerusalem have to offer.
Jesus says of her, "She gives from her want, all that she has to live
on." It's her generosity that Jesus admires.
We ourselves are called by Jesus not merely to make donations to the
Church and to the poor. We're called to be generous people, unselfish
people in all of our relations with others. God does not value us for
our money, but for our generosity.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the healing of Ding Vidanes
- for the special intentions of Jasmin
- good health, safety and blessings for the Pe Family
- for the personal intentions of Jennette
- for the special intention of Richard Patrick "Parke's"
- for the special intention of Davis-Regalado
- for the special intention of Marjorie and Bobby
- for the speedy recovery of Felipe Davis
- for the speedy recovery of Fernando Cruz
- for the speedy recovery of Amalia Francisco
- for the speedy Alex & Donna's youngest daughter
- for the emotional, physical and spiritual healing of Brother David
- for the speedy recovery of Charles Co
- for the speedy recovery of Angelina Ramos.
- for the success and safety of Nerissa, Jose Rigor and Ma. Fatima.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam (+): Amada Deseo (1908 - 1985)
- In Memoriam (+): Greg Manlapaz
- In Memoriam (+): Miguel C. Uy (1931-2003)
- 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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