Sunday, June 25, 2006
Monday 12th Week in Ordinary Time
June 26, 2006
Monday 12th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
2 KINGS 17:5-8, 13-15A, 18
Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, occupied the whole land and attacked
Samaria, which he besieged for three years. In the ninth year of
Hoshea, king of Israel the king of Assyria took Samaria, and deported
the children of Israel to Assyria, setting them in Halah, at the Habor,
a river of Gozan, and the cities of the Medes. This came about because
the children of Israel sinned against the LORD, their God, who had
brought them up from the land of Egypt, from under the domination of
Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and because they venerated other gods. They
followed the rites of the nations whom the LORD had cleared out of the
way of the children of Israel and the kings of Israel whom they set up.
And though the LORD warned Israel and Judah by every prophet and seer,
"Give up your evil ways and keep my commandments and statutes, in
accordance with the entire law which I enjoined on your fathers and
which I sent you by my servants the prophets," they did not listen, but
were as stiff-necked as their fathers, who had not believed in the
LORD, their God. They rejected his statutes, the covenant which he had
made with their fathers, and the warnings which he had given them,
till, in his great anger against Israel, the LORD put them away out of
his sight. Only the tribe of Judah was left.
Jesus said to his disciples: "Stop judging, that you may not be judged.
For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you
measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in
your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own
eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove that splinter from
your eye,' while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove
the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to
remove the splinter from your brother's eye."
The first reading today tells us about the Israelites who returned to
their old ways - they followed other worship and false practices, which
the Lord had warned them against. These events happened while they were
being delivered from slavery in Egypt. The Lord kept on sending them
warnings, but they ignored them. Finally, the Lord put most of them
away from his sight and left the tribe of Judah.
The first reading today reminds us to reflect on our lives. Have we
perhaps been "worshiping false gods" - ignoring our family, friends,
relatives or the needy people in our community? Perhaps the Lord is
reminding us to do something about it.
The Gospel today is a continuation of the beatitudes. It reveals and
reminds us of the attitudes and actions the "Blessed" are to have. The
Lord reminds us that before we find fault in others, we should first
examine ourselves. Perhaps when we do so, we would "judge" less and see
more clearly our own actions and the effects we have towards others.
Let us pray for a change of heart and a change of way of life so that
we can attune ourselves to what God has planned for us and that peace
may truly reign in our hearts.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the continued recovery of Aida.
- for the speedy recovery of Cadio.
- for the speedy recovery of Beth.
- for the speedy recovery of John Eugenio & Louie Donato.
- for the speedy recovery of Tito Cale
- for the personal intentions of PDM and family.
- In Thanksgiving: Bro. Nanding
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Estrella Go Co
- Wedding Anniversary: Eric & Eunice Roxas
- Wedding Anniversary: Joel & Anjanette Rodriguez
- In Memoriam (+): Mariano T. Chingtoco
- 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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