Thursday, August 10, 2006


Memorial, St. Clare, virgin

August 11, 2006
Memorial, St. Clare, virgin
Friday 18th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II

NAHUM 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7
See, upon the mountains there advances the bearer of good news,
announcing peace! Celebrate your feasts, O Judah, fulfill your vows!
For nevermore shall you be invaded by the scoundrel; he is completely
destroyed. The Lord will restore the vine of Jacob, the pride of
Israel, Though ravagers have ravaged them and ruined the tendrils. Woe
to the bloody city, all lies, full of plunder, whose looting never
stops! The crack of the whip, the rumbling sounds of wheels; horses
a-gallop, chariots bounding, Cavalry charging, the flame of the sword,
the flash of the spear, the many slain, the heaping corpses, the
endless bodies to stumble upon! I will cast filth upon you, disgrace
you and put you to shame; Till everyone who sees you runs from you,
saying, "Nineveh is destroyed; who can pity her? Where can one find any
to console her?"

MATTHEW 16:24-28
Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny
himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save
his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find
it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and
forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? For
the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father's glory, and
then he will repay each according to his conduct. Amen, I say to you,
there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see
the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom."

If we reflect on the life of a priest or a nun or any person who has
given his or her life to the service of our Lord, we find plenty of
spiritual rewards. Some of these individuals may have made their
commitments very early in their lives or some later in their lives. At
what point in life the commitment was made does not matter; it is the
wholeheartedness of that commitment that matters.

Even today, we can find many role models - priests, nuns, lay
religious, some people as common as you and me. Their genuine care for
the well-being of other people drives them to dedicate their time and
talent to help others and their communities. In fulfilling their tasks,
they deny their own freedoms, their free time, but in doing so they
welcome our Lord into their lives and allow him to freely direct their
ideas and actions.

Perhaps what our Lord is reminding us today through the Gospel is that
"sacrifice and service for others" need not be negative. Rather, if we
give our time and ourselves wholeheartedly to the Lord's will, to serve
others, we can find fulfillment, happiness and peace in our lives.

Are we ready to rise to God's challenge?

We pray ...
-for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
-for the good health and well being of Erlyn and her new baby
-for the personal intentions of Carlos and Emma
-for the good health and well-being of Diangkinay family
-for the continued and complete recovery of Ding Vidanes
-thanksgiving for the birthday of Susan Cua and Mary Ann Montelibano
-for the speedy recovery of Charlie Castro
-for the personal intentions & speedy recovery Lourdes Barayoga
-for the personal intentions & speedy recovery Glenda Bisco
-for the personal intentions & speedy recovery Vanessa Salcedo
-for the personal intentions of Pat and Linda Manzon
-for the personal intentions of Domingo Barayoga, Jr.
-for the personal intentions of Glenn and Julie Manzon
-for the personal intentions of Estellita and Buddy Escamilla
-for the personal intentions of Domingo Barayoga, Jr.
-for the personal intentions of Glenn and Julie Manzon
-for the personal intentions of Estellita and Buddy Escamilla
-for the personal intentions of Ma. Fe & Tootsie De Castro
-for the personal intentions of Joel Bisco & Family
-for the personal intentions of Churchill & Mariecho Barayoga
-for the personal intentions of Mary Ann and Charlie Castro
-for the personal intentions of Kristenelle and Oliver
-for the personal intentions speedy recovery of Sis. Janet and Sis.
-for the eternal repose of the soul of Domingo Barayoga Sr.
Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon
him. May he and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in
-for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
-Birthday: Aya Villegas
-Wedding Anniversary: Bong & Beth Navarro
-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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