Monday, June 26, 2006
Tuesday 12th Week in Ordinary Time
June 27, 2006
Tuesday 12th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
2 KINGS 19:9B-11, 14-21, 31-35A, 36
Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sent envoys to Hezekiah with this
message: "Thus shall you say to Hezekiah, king of Judah: 'Do not let
your God on whom you rely deceive you by saying that Jerusalem will not
be handed over to the king of Assyria. You have heard what the kings of
Assyria have done to all other countries: they doomed them! Will you,
then, be saved?'" Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the
messengers and read it; then he went up to the temple of the LORD, and
spreading it out before him, he prayed in the LORD's presence: "O LORD,
God of Israel, enthroned upon the cherubim! You alone are God over all
the kingdoms of the earth. You have made the heavens and the earth.
Incline your ear, O LORD, and listen! Open your eyes, O LORD, and see!
Hear the words of Sennacherib which he sent to taunt the living God.
Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and
their lands, and cast their gods into the fire; they destroyed them
because they were not gods, but the work of human hands, wood and
stone. Therefore, O LORD, our God, save us from the power of this man,
that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, O LORD, are
God." Then Isaiah, son of Amoz, sent this message to Hezekiah: "Thus
says the LORD, the God of Israel, in answer to your prayer for help
against Sennacherib, king of Assyria: I have listened! This is the word
the LORD has spoken concerning him: "'She despises you, laughs you to
scorn, the virgin daughter Zion! Behind you she wags her head, daughter
Jerusalem. "'For out of Jerusalem shall come a remnant, and from Mount
Zion, survivors. The zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.'
"Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: 'He
shall not reach this city, nor shoot an arrow at it, nor come before it
with a shield, nor cast up siege-works against it. He shall return by
the same way he came, without entering the city, says the LORD. I will
shield and save this city for my own sake, and for the sake of my
servant David.'" That night the angel of the LORD went forth and struck
down one hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. So
Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, broke camp, and went back home to
MATTHEW 7:6, 12-14
Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not give what is holy to dogs, or
throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and
turn and tear you to pieces. "Do to others whatever you would have them
do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets. "Enter through the narrow
gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to
destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the
gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it
Jesus Christ says that to gain real life - eternal life - we have to
take the narrow gate. In the Gospel of John, Christ says, "I came to
give life, life in its fullness." He also says, "I am the good
shepherd, I lay down my life for my sheep." Christ gives us the answer!
Christ took the narrow gate. Christ chose a path that not only few
could take but only he could take. Only he could hang on the cross to
die for the sins of mankind, thus redeeming us, and He now wishes to
give us a taste of true Heaven.
The narrow gate is the cross of Jesus Christ! It is a very, very narrow
gate. How many of us welcome their daily crosses? To love the spouse
when he or she is unlovable? To welcome evil, to repay evil with good?
How many gladly forgive those who have insulted them? How many love
those who make their lives miserable? Christ made all these impossible
choices for our sake. He died for us when we were thankless sinners,
when we couldn't love. Christ took our place. He paid for our sins. He
bore this cross for all humanity. But having done this, Christ rose
from the dead. It was God telling us: Look, my son's attitude is right!
His love for you shows my face! Follow Him! Believe in Him! He carries
the map, the formula for eternal life! He can show you what road to
take to get meaning in life!
And Jesus Christ shows us the narrow gate that leads to Heaven. The
wide road - which is easier, more logical - is usually taken by the
others. The devil has paved this road with surfacing laced with
glamour, logic, pleasure, ease and comfort. But this road will not lead
us to true life. How then can we resist? We cannot! This is why Christ
came to the world to take the narrow path for us that we may follow in
his footsteps. No one can take the narrow path without having Christ as
his guide and center. For those who do-you can now truly cherish life
as it really is - a full life leaning on the love of God for everything
in our life.
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.
- for the continued and complete recovery of Ding Vidanes.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Yvonne Lucindo
- 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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