Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Thursday 19th Week in Ordinary Time
August 17, 2006
Thursday 19th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
The word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, you are living among a
rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to
hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people. "Therefore, son
of man, pack your belongings for exile and in the daytime, as they
watch, set out and go from where you are to another place. Perhaps they
will understand, though they are a rebellious house. During the
daytime, while they watch, bring out your belongings packed for exile.
Then in the evening, while they are watching, go out like those who go
into exile. While they watch, dig through the wall and take your
belongings out through it. Put them on your shoulder as they are
watching and carry them out at dusk. Cover your face so that you cannot
see the land, for I have made you a sign to the house of Israel." So I
did as I was commanded. During the day I brought out my things packed
for exile. Then in the evening I dug through the wall with my hands. I
took my belongings out at dusk, carrying them on my shoulders while
they watched. In the morning the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of
man, did not that rebellious house of Israel ask you, `What are you
doing?' "Say to them, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: This
oracle concerns the prince in Jerusalem and the whole house of Israel
who are there.' Say to them, `I am a sign to you.' "As I have done, so
it will be done to them. They will go into exile as captives. "The
prince among them will put his things on his shoulder at dusk and
leave, and a hole will be dug in the wall for him to go through. He
will cover his face so that he cannot see the land.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I
forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus
answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle
accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed
him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Since he was not able to
pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all
that he had be sold to repay the debt. "The servant fell on his knees
before him. `Be patient with me,' he begged, `and I will pay back
everything.' The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt
and let him go. "But when that servant went out, he found one of his
fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and
began to choke him. `Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded. "His
fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, `Be patient with me,
and I will pay you back.' "But he refused. Instead, he went off and had
the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other
servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went
and told their master everything that had happened. "Then the master
called the servant in. `You wicked servant,' he said, `I canceled all
that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had
mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' In anger his master
turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back
all he owed. "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you
unless you forgive your brother from your heart. "When Jesus had
finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region
of Judea to the other side of the Jordan.
Forgiveness is a way of living, of developing a habit of pardoning
others for the little everyday hurts and annoyances and pardoning
ourselves for small things as well. In short, forgiveness is choosing
to love. It takes the hurt, acknowledges the problem, accepts the
person, and goes forward from there. Forgiveness frees the forgiver and
the one who accepts forgiveness and helps the forgiver and the forgiven
to love and grow. Forgiveness heals relationships and heals the spirit.
Without forgiveness, we are condemned to live with resentment or guilt.
Without forgiveness, bad feelings will deepen and harden. Instead of
human fellowship, there will be separate individual prisons. When
someone injures us and we hold onto the hurt, we cannot love.
To err is human, to forgive divine. We must imitate divine forgiveness.
Nothing makes us more like God than to be always willing to forgive. It
is a fearful thought that others may only see God as they see God in
We pray ...
-for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
-for thanksgiving of Lydia & Jennette
-for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
-Birthday: Zenaida V. Santiago
-Birthday: David S. Lim
-In Memoriam (+): Sor Dominica & Abelardo
-In Memoriam (+): Manuel Ang (Aug 11, 1940 - Aug 16, 2005)
-In Memoriam (+): Vicente C. Aquino
-Wedding Anniversary: Stewart & Susan Chongson
-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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