Sunday, June 17, 2007


Monday 11th Week in Ordinary Time

June 18, 2007
Monday 11th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

Brothers and sisters: As your fellow workers, we appeal to you not to
receive the grace of God in vain. For he says: In an acceptable time I
heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you. Behold, now is a
very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We cause no
one to stumble in anything, in order that no fault may be found with
our ministry; on the contrary, in everything we commend ourselves as
ministers of God, through much endurance, in afflictions, hardships,
constraints, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, vigils, fasts; by
purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in
unfeigned love, in truthful speech, in the power of God; with weapons
of righteousness at the right and at the left; through glory and
dishonor, insult and praise. We are treated as deceivers and yet are
truthful; as unrecognized and yet acknowledged; as dying and behold we
live; as chastised and yet not put to death; as sorrowful yet always
rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing and yet
possessing all things.

MATTHEW 5:38-42
Jesus said to his disciples: "You have heard that it was said, An eye
for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no
resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right
cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to go to law
with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone
press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give
to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants
to borrow."

Christ in his sermon on the Mount urges us to love our enemies. This
was completely contrary to the Law of Retaliation as found in the Old
Testament. This new law of Retaliation puts a completely different
slant, a Christian stamp, on love.

There have been attempts to interpret these passages as referring to
the evil one or to evil things, instead of to those who do evil to us.
Christ's words are very clear. He gives four instances or examples of
ways in which others could hurt us.

First by physical violence. Jesus recommends no retaliation but rather
that we suffer it. Secondly, He gives an example of legal action.
Christ recommends not only giving what may be illegally taken, but
even to go beyond in giving. The third area is one of forced labor.
Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go two with him.
Finally, Jesus recommends that we are not to turn our backs on a
borrower, be he friend or foe.

He says that it is a proof that we are sons of our heavenly Father,
who lets the sun shine and the rain fall on both the good and bad, the
just and the unjust. Loving our friends, those whom we naturally love,
those who do good to us, is a very easy thing. It proves nothing about
our Christian attitude.

The real proof is in the love of those whom we find repulsive, those
who always seem to hurt us, those who never show any appreciation. It
is here that we show that our love is firmly based in God.

Jesus gave us the best example of love of enemies when he prayed as he
hung upon the cross: "Father forgive them for they know not what they

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the personal intentions of: E.M. Santiago
.. for the enlightenment, safety and Divine guidance of Marielle C.
Ramirez, and for the prayer intentions of her family, relatives and
friends. May the Lord Almighty bless and protect her in whichever
path she chooses to take.
.. for the good health of:
- Miss Sabina Sabina
- SSP employees
- Bangko Luzon Inc Employees
- Johnny dela Cruz, Jayson Valiente, Cindy Eduardo, Jonah
Magno, Jojo Santiago, Ros Tauschek. Jeramin Martiniano, Emerson
Lyndon Santiago and family, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Gabad
- Mr. and Mrs. Eliezer T. Santiago
- Mr. and Mrs. Restituto Constantino
- Mrs. Ciriaco Santiago
- Ronnie and Mylene Constantino
.. for the healing and speedy recovery of:
- Lourdes Soliva
- Dodo Diama
.. for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Brandon Francis A. Dano
- Prayer Intention: George & Esperanza Lee
- Thanksgiving: Lita C. Tugade
- Wedding Anniversary: Dante & Mariza Ceñido
.. 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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