Thursday, June 21, 2007


Friday 11th Week in Ordinary Time

June 22, 2007
Friday 11th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

2 CORINTHIANS 11:18, 21-30
Brothers and sisters: Since many boast according to the flesh, I too
will boast. To my shame I say that we were too weak! But what anyone
dares to boast of (I am speaking in foolishness) I also dare. Are they
Hebrews? So am I. Are they children of Israel? So am I. Are they
descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I am
talking like an insane person). I am still more, with far greater
labors, far more imprisonments, far worse beatings, and numerous
brushes with death. Five times at the hands of the Jews I received
forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was
stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I passed a night and a day on
the deep; on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from
robbers, dangers from my own race, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in
the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among
false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights,
through hunger and thirst, through frequent fastings, through cold and
exposure. And apart from these things, there is the daily pressure
upon me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not
weak? Who is led to sin, and I am not indignant? If I must boast, I
will boast of the things that show my weakness.

MATTHEW 6:19-23
Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures
on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and
steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay
destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is,
there also will your heart be. "The lamp of the body is the eye. If
your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if
your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light
in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be."

When we make possessions or pleasure or power our top priority instead
of spiritual riches, we die to the joy of giving, the satisfaction of
self-discipline and the happiness of sharing. When we devote all our
time and energy to selfish pursuits, death merely discloses the
opportunities we have wasted and our poverty of good works. If we want
to really live, now is the time to use our resources wisely and not
save them foolishly.

Now is the time to exercise our stewardship over God's gifts and not
set them aside as if we owned the gifts. Jesus is certainly not
talking about necessary savings that we need to educate your children
or to provide for the security of your retirement. What Jesus is
referring to are excessive savings that reflect a lack of trust in
God, a basic greed in our attitude towards riches and an uncaring
heart to the poor.

St. Leo the Great said: "Extend to the poor a more openhanded
generosity. In these acts of giving, do not fear a lack of means. A
generous spirit is itself great wealth. The giver should be free from
anxiety and full of joy. His gain will be greatest when he keeps back
least for himself."

In the Eucharist we have an example of giving and sharing. Christ did
not institute the Eucharist to be stored up and left in our
tabernacles. He gave us the Eucharist as food to be distributed and
shared as a community.

Jesus challenges us to re-examine our priorities and the way we use
our possessions. Instead of growing rich for ourselves, Jesus invites
us to grow rich in the sight of God.

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Sister Heidi Facto, DC
- Aileen and Dennis Dimapilis
- Dodo
- Ely
- Lilian K
- Mehmet R.
- Nedime
.. for the special intention and special needs of San Juan de Dios
.. for the continued good health of the Balingit family.
.. for peace and healing of
- Pauline and family
- Nedime and Mehmet R and family
.. for the personal intentions of
- Mufide and family
- Zeynep and Alo and family
- Semra, Sherif, Shekibe, Emmun and Salih, Salih A., Ahmet,
Cahit, Hindiye, Ali, Nedim, Vecihe, Sherife and their families
.. for the eternal repose of
- Dr. Celestino and Felisa Lacanilao
- Bernarda
- Frennie David
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: Bishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle
- Birthday: Charlene Anne L. Sun
- Birthday: Henry Guevara
- Thanksgiving: Aurora U. Gonzales
- In Memoriam (+): Jaime L. Cardinal Sin
- In Memoriam (+): Venancio T. Chan (Jan 18, 1941 - June
.. 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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