Sunday, June 18, 2006
Monday 11th Week in Ordinary Time
June 19, 2006
Monday 11th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
1 KINGS 21:1-16
Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel next to the palace of
Ahab, king of Samaria. Ahab said to Naboth, "Give me your vineyard to
be my vegetable garden, since it is close by, next to my house. I will
give you a better vineyard in exchange, or, if you prefer, I will give
you its value in money." Naboth answered him, "The LORD forbid that I
should give you my ancestral heritage." Ahab went home disturbed and
angry at the answer Naboth the Jezreelite had made to him: "I will not
give you my ancestral heritage." Lying down on his bed, he turned away
from food and would not eat. His wife Jezebel came to him and said to
him, "Why are you so angry that you will not eat?" He answered her,
"Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite and said to him, 'Sell me
your vineyard, or, if you prefer, I will give you a vineyard in
exchange.' But he refused to let me have his vineyard." His wife
Jezebel said to him, "A fine ruler over Israel you are indeed! Get up.
Eat and be cheerful. I will obtain the vineyard of Naboth the
Jezreelite for you." So she wrote letters in Ahab's name and, having
sealed them with his seal, sent them to the elders and to the nobles
who lived in the same city with Naboth. This is what she wrote in the
letters: "Proclaim a fast and set Naboth at the head of the people.
Next, get two scoundrels to face him and accuse him of having cursed
God and king. Then take him out and stone him to death." His fellow
citizens-the elders and nobles who dwelt in his city- did as Jezebel
had ordered them in writing, through the letters she had sent them.
They proclaimed a fast and placed Naboth at the head of the people. Two
scoundrels came in and confronted him with the accusation, "Naboth has
cursed God and king." And they led him out of the city and stoned him
to death. Then they sent the information to Jezebel that Naboth had
been stoned to death. When Jezebel learned that Naboth had been stoned
to death, she said to Ahab, "Go on, take possession of the vineyard of
Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you, because Naboth is
not alive, but dead." On hearing that Naboth was dead, Ahab started off
on his way down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take
possession of it.
Jesus said to his disciples: "You have heard that it was said, An eye
for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no
resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right
cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to go to law
with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone
press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to
the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to
The first reading reminds us of what can happen when principles are
overlooked in favor of one's own selfish needs. Ahab longed for the
land of Naboth, which was next to his own land. But Naboth refused to
give up the land and as a result, lost his life. What made the
situation worse was that Jezebel, the evil wife of Ahab was the
instrument in the death of Naboth, in order for Ahab to obtain the
land. We read of Naboth's reactions though it led to his death,
nevertheless he demonstrated his trust in the Lord and endured the
punishment inflicted by other men on him. Also, we see how justice can
be misused and corrupted just for one's own selfish goals.
In the Gospel today, Jesus reminds us that to cope with difficulties,
we need not use violence or revenge. To turn one's other cheek after
being slapped, to give up one's tunic or cloak when we are sued for it,
to walk two miles when we are asked to go one mile, or even to lend
whenever other wish to borrow from us, these are some actions that
Jesus advises us to do.
What if we responded with revenge when we are dealt with violence? When
will we decide that "enough is enough"? We are reminded to reflect on
each situation and to respond as such that the relationship with our
fellow human beings be governed by love and by need. We are reminded
that the love that God asks of us is the same love that he had bestowed
We pray …
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy and full recovery of Charles Co Ching To.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Arceli Dominque Lopez
Pasague. Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine
upon her. May she and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in
- for the personal intentions of Jose Rigor.
- for the speedy recovery of Ding Vidanes.
- for the personal intentions of Gini Hernandez.
- for the personal intentions of the Delos Reyes Family.
- for the good health of the parents of J. San Juan.
- for the speedy recovery of Antonio O. Tansingco.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Gerry Kamus. Eternal rest
grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and
all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for the personal intentions of Jose Rigor.
- for the speedy recovery of Bongbong Aguado.
- for the personal intentions of Lito and his family.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Anne Gretchen G. Choa
- Prayer Intention: Naсagas Family
- Wedding Anniversary: Lawrence & Ma. Valentine Chongson Yang
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilbert & Gina Lim
- Wedding Anniversary: Teddy & Linda Ortiga
- In Memoriam (+): Chu Chee Ng
- 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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