Sunday, June 10, 2007


Memorial, St Barnabas, apostle

June 11, 2007
Memorial, St Barnabas, apostle
Monday 10th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our
brother, to the Church of God that is at Corinth, with all the holy
ones throughout Achaia: grace to you and peace from God our Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all encouragement, who
encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to
encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with
which we ourselves are encouraged by God. For as Christ's sufferings
overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also
overflow. If we are afflicted, it is for your encouragement and
salvation; if we are encouraged, it is for your encouragement, which
enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for
you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also
share in the encouragement.

MATTHEW 5:1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had
sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are
the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger
and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are
the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of
heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they
will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted
for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every
kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the
prophets who were before you."

In today's Gospel, we enter into the very heart of Jesus' teaching.
What the Ten Commandments are to the entire Old Testament Law, so the
Beatitudes are to Jesus' teaching in the New Testament. We can study
these alone and come to know all the rest. They show the very heart of
Jesus Christ.

The Beatitudes fall in with the tradition of the Jewish literature of
the Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Sirach and Wisdom. But they go far beyond
these with their new ideal of unconditional love. They call us to a
morality higher than any other in the world. They motivate with love,
not with fear. The Old Testament says, "The beginning of wisdom is the
fear of the Lord." But the New Testament says "Love casts out all

Jesus says to the sinner, "Come to me. I will refresh you." The
Beatitudes show Jesus' unfailing love for the crowd.

Jesus looked upon the crowds, the masses of simple people and his
heart was moved with pity. Here one sees the heart of words, "I have
come to call not the self-righteous but sinners." He does not support
sin, but he unconditionally loves the sinner. He knew their life; he
knew their longings.

In the Beatitudes, Jesus gives us the rules, the prescription for
happiness, for sanctity. There is no other way to be converted, to be
really committed to following closely in the footsteps of Christ.

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the healing and speedy recovery of:
- Fr. John Weyer
- Ms. Jeramin Martiniano
- Sabina Santiago
.. for the personal intentions of
- Chibu
- Noli and his family
- Mrs. Gafur Dalwai
- Don Jemerald
.. for the enlightenment of
- those who will be taking the nurse board exams
- Gilda Ramos
- Marie Vela
- Ros Tauschek
.. for the strength and guidance of
- Trinna
- Michael Santiago
- Santiago Family and Mr. and Mrs. Eliezer Santiago
.. In Thanksgiving: for the complete healing of Maria Alyssa Martina
.. for the eternal repose of the souls of:
- Dr. Loy Custodio.
- Justin Daniel Bataclan
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
.. for the safe trip and a new beginning for Mrs. Teresita Nunez Choa
.. for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Annie Chua
- Birthday: Conception Yu
.. 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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