Monday, June 04, 2007


Tuesday 9th Week in Ordinary Time

June 5, 2007
Memorial, St Boniface, bishop and martyr
Tuesday 9th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

TOBIT 2:9-14
That same night I bathed, and went to sleep next to the wall of my
courtyard. Because of the heat I left my face uncovered. I did not
know there were birds perched on the wall above me, till their warm
droppings settled in my eyes, causing cataracts. I went to see some
doctors for a cure, but the more they anointed my eyes with various
salves, the worse the cataracts became, until I could see no more. For
four years I was deprived of eyesight, and all my kinsmen were grieved
at my condition. Ahiqar, however, took care of me for two years, until
he left for Elymais. At that time my wife Anna worked for hire at
weaving cloth, the kind of work women do. When she sent back the goods
to their owners, they would pay her. Late in winter she finished the
cloth and sent it back to the owners. They paid her the full salary,
and also gave her a young goat for the table. On entering my house the
goat began to bleat. I called to my wife and said: "Where did this
goat come from? Perhaps it was stolen! Give it back to its owners; we
have no right to eat stolen food!" But she said to me, "It was given
to me as a bonus over and above my wages." Yet I would not believe
her, and told her to give it back to its owners. I became very angry
with her over this. So she retorted: "Where are your charitable deeds
now? Where are your virtuous acts? See! Your true character is finally
showing itself!"

MARK 12:13-17
Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch
him in his words. They came to him and said, "Teacher, we know you are
a man of integrity. You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no
attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance
with the truth. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we
pay or shouldn't we?" But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. "Why are you
trying to trap me?" he asked. "Bring me a denarius and let me look at
it." They brought the coin, and he asked them, "Whose portrait is
this? And whose inscription?" "Caesar's," they replied. Then Jesus
said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is
God's." And they were amazed at him.

Think of our national, local, community, family and personal problems
today. They often result from not giving to God what is God's. The
bitterness, prejudice, hatreds and injustices all around us are the
overgrowth of our pride and greed, the rejection of God's law in our
daily living. It is the Lord, and he only, who can solve these
dilemmas, who can teach us the way to go, who speaks most powerfully
to us through his own example. The power to cure our ills is offered
to us. The power over evil is given to us, but we do not accept it. We
do not give to God what is God's. We do not really let the Lord fill
us with his power. We put all kinds of obstacles in his way, just as
the Pharisees did. We try to find easy substitutes for Christ, but
they do not work. The saints, who gave to God what is God's, spent
hours daily listening to him, in prayer, in studying the Gospel of
Jesus with the inner heart, in following his example carefully.

God asks for a service which is freely given, and which never lessens,
no matter what. Yes, no matter what, we must keep our trust in God and
remain faithful to him in bad times as well as in good. Jesus is the
only answer to all our problems. So let us turn to him for guidance
and strength every single day of our lives.

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the safe trip and a new beginning for Mrs. Teresita Nunez Choa
.. for the personal intentions of Jasmin
.. for spiritual and physical healing of Belinda Javier
.. for enlightenment and guidance of those who will be taking the
Nurses' Board exam on June 11
.. for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Maria, Candido, Isidora, Jovita, Alfonso, Alfonsa, Alipio
- Alice Ty. Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine
upon them.
May they and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
.. for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Francisca Tirona Benitez
.. 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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