Wednesday, August 09, 2006


Memorial, St. Lawrence, deacon & martyr

August 10, 2006
Memorial, St. Lawrence, deacon & martyr
Thursday 18th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II

Brothers and sisters: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do
as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a
cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for
you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an
abundance for every good work. As it is written: He scatters abroad, he
gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever. The one who
supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply
your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

JOHN 12:24-26
Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain
of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of
wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life
loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for
eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there
also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me."

St. Lawrence was a deacon who was martyred in Rome in the year 258.
There are two stories about him, which if they are not pure legend, may
indicate something about the sort of person he was.

In the year 258, the Prefect of Rome, a civil official, ordered
Lawrence to hand over the church's valuables. Lawrence gathered the
poor and the sick and presented them to the Prefect saying, "Here is
the church's treasure." Immediately he was put to death by being
roasted on a gridiron.

In the second story, after Lawrence had been put on the grid for some
time with the fire burning below it, he remarked to the executioner,
"Turn me over, please, this side is sufficiently done."

It may be Lawrence's reputation for humor that prompted the Church's
choice for the first reading in today's liturgy. Paul was urging his
Gentile Christians to donate money to a fund, which would be sent to
the church in Jerusalem. The Christians there needed help, famine was
ravaging the area. Paul urges the Gentiles Christians to give
generously and with joy in their hearts, for as he puts it, "God loves
a cheerful giver."

If our two stories are more than myth or legend, Lawrence seems without
a doubt to have served the poor and the sick of Rome, the Church's
treasure, cheerfully, and cheerfully to have given his life for Christ.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- For the total and speedy recovery of Agnes G
- For the total and speedy recovery of Mandy N
- For the safe trip of Dodge and Anjo
- For the personal intentions of R
- for wisdom and guidance for Jasmin on her exam
- for the personal intentions of Lydia and Jennette
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
- Birthday: Enrique-Alfonso Y. Castillo
- Birthday: Rita Co Son
- Birthday: Francisca Andrea Ching
- Healing: Alan Uy
- Prayer Intention: Tact Imaging Supplies
- Prayer Intention: DIVISORIA FOOD Stuff
- Prayer Intention: Dionisio Ang
- Prayer Intention: Peter & Ruby 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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