Sunday, June 11, 2006
Monday 10th Week in Ordinary Time
June 12, 2006
Monday 10th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
1 KINGS 17:1-6
Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab: "As the LORD,
the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, during these years there shall
be no dew or rain except at my word." The LORD then said to Elijah:
"Leave here, go east and hide in the Wadi Cherith, east of the Jordan.
You shall drink of the stream, and I have commanded ravens to feed you
there." So he left and did as the LORD had commanded. He went and
remained by the Wadi Cherith, east of the Jordan. Ravens brought him
bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and
he drank from the stream.
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had
sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the
meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and
thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the
merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be
called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the
sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are
you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil
against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward
will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were
The function of prophets, we usually think, is to foretell the future.
Elijah, for instance, exercises this function. He foretells the
three-year drought that God intends to impose on Israel due to the
There is, however, another function that prophets perform. When a
people is living a way of life that defies God's values, he may send
prophets to them who will urge them to repent and to change their way
of life. Elijah performs this function also.
As Christians all of us are called to be prophets. We are called to
speak out whenever God's word is known but ignored. The late Cardinal
Hume of England forcefully described the Church's prophetic call:
"Whenever the poor are afflicted or neglected, or whenever human
dignity is not respected, then the church has a duty to sound the
prophets' note, and it must be prepared to be unpopular on matters
which concern politicians as well."
Every country in the world can provide Christians with current
injustices that need a prophetic voice to explain and condemn the evil
that festers within its boundaries. In some countries, the horror that
is abortion is widely practiced. Indeed, given certain conditions, it
is legal. In many developing countries, the poverty afflicting the
majority of the nation's citizens, along with its consequent evils -
sickness, early death, malnutrition, and crime - is a sin that cries
out to God for vengeance. Christians must, along with the Church, or
even in spite of a particular Church's silence, sound a prophet's note,
as Cardinal Hume puts it, must speak out in God's name, condemning the
evil that does injustice to so many of its citizens.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- 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 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 the speedy recovery and well-being of Israel Tolentino
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Nelly "Aleli" Lasin.
Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her.
May she and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- In Memoriam: John Laurence Carpio Jr +
- for the special Intentions of Carlo & Opine.
- for the personal intentions of Lyndon & Aimee
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Wedding Anniversary: Domingo & Cecilia L. Yu
- 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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