Monday, June 12, 2006


Memorial, St. Anthony of Padua, priest & doctor

June 13, 2006
Memorial, St. Anthony of Padua, priest & doctor
Tuesday 10th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II

1 KINGS 17:7-16
The brook near where Elijah was hiding ran dry, because no rain had
fallen in the land. So the LORD said to Elijah: "Move on to Zarephath
of Sidon and stay there. I have designated a widow there to provide for
you." He left and went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the entrance of
the city, a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her,
"Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink." She left to get it,
and he called out after her, "Please bring along a bit of bread." She
answered, "As the LORD, your God, lives, I have nothing baked; there is
only a handful of flour in my jar and a little oil in my jug. Just now
I was collecting a couple of sticks, to go in and prepare something for
myself and my son; when we have eaten it, we shall die." Elijah said to
her, "Do not be afraid. Go and do as you propose. But first make me a
little cake and bring it to me. Then you can prepare something for
yourself and your son. For the LORD, the God of Israel, says, 'The jar
of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day
when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'" She left and did as Elijah
had said. She was able to eat for a year, and Elijah and her son as
well; the jar of flour did not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, as
the LORD had foretold through Elijah.

MATTHEW 5:13-16
Jesus said to his disciples: "You are the salt of the earth. But if
salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer
good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are
the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor
do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set
on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your
light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and
glorify your heavenly Father."

In today's Gospel Jesus suggests, "Such as these (the poor, the hungry,
those who mourn, who are merciful, etc.) they are light to the world,
salt of the earth." Jesus here uses light and salt as symbols
indicating two of the primary services Christians offer to the world.

Light brightens something other than itself. Salt seasons and preserves
something other than itself. The Christian's life throw light not upon
him or herself, but upon the values of Christ so that the world can see
them, and seasons these values so that the world will recognize how
attractive they are.

The great danger, however, is that Christians will be corrupted by the
values that the world loves and pursues. Capitalism, materialism,
consumerism - are values the world extols and propagates and insinuate
themselves into Christian living. Christians, perhaps without realizing
it, assimilate popular cultural values. Gradually their lives focus on
the acquisition of more and more wealth and the latest status symbols.
Their lives can no longer be identified as Christian except in terms of
vocabulary and ceremony.

But you, "your light must shine before others, that they may see your
good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."

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 speedy recovery of Angelina Ramos.
- for the success and safety of Nerissa, Jose Rigor and Ma. Fatima.
- 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.
- for the special Intentions of Carlo & Opine.
- for the personal intentions of Lyndon & Aimee
- for the speedy recovery of Ding Vidanes.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Wedding Anniversary: John Christopher & Ma. Luisa Chongson
- Wedding Anniversary: Tito & Jocelyn Herrera
- Wedding Anniversary: Mariano & Bi Tin Chua
- 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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