Friday, June 22, 2007


Saturday 11th Week in Ordinary Time

June 23, 2007
Saturday 11th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

Brothers and sisters: I must boast; not that it is profitable, but I
will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in
Christ who, fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body
I do not know, God knows), was caught up to the third heaven. And I
know that this man (whether in the body or out of the body I do not
know, God knows) was caught up into Paradise and heard ineffable
things, which no one may utter. About this man I will boast, but about
myself I will not boast, except about my weaknesses. Although if I
should wish to boast, I would not be foolish, for I would be telling
the truth. But I refrain, so that no one may think more of me than
what he sees in me or hears from me because of the abundance of the
revelations. Therefore, that I might not become too elated, a thorn in
the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me
from being too elated. Three times I begged the Lord about this, that
it might leave me, but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is made perfect in weakness." I will rather boast most
gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell
with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships,
persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am
weak, then I am strong.

MATTHEW 6:24-34
Jesus said to his disciples: "No one can serve two masters. He will
either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise
the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. "Therefore I tell you, do
not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your
body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more
than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap,
they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a
single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed
like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which
grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much
more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say,
'What are we to eat?' or 'What are we to drink?' or 'What are we to
wear?' All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows
that you need them all. But seek first the Kingdom of God and his
righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not
worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient
for a day is its own evil."

We know from other parts of the Gospel that Jesus encourages hard work
and dili-gence, and he praises wise planning and astuteness regarding
the future. His main point of today's parable, however, is "don't
worry." He says it five times to make sure we don't miss it. Instead
of worrying, he wants us to put our faith in God, to seek first his
Kingdom and to trust in him more. Jesus wants us to work, but not as
if God didn't exist or care about us. Jesus also wants us to provide
for the future, but not with excessive concern or anxiety.

Another point of realism about this parable is its stark implication
about death. A gracious God feeds the birds but some birds still
freeze to death. A caring God clothes the flowers with splendor, but
these same flowers also wither and die. So, too, a loving Father knows
all our human needs and provides for them but we still experience
pain, suffering and death.

Are these contradictions? Not at all! They are a call to faith, faith
in a God who will ultimately give us more than we can see now. They
are a call to faith in a God who will in the end restore more than we
have ever lost. They are a call to faith in a God who will eventually
win the victory for us when he raises us from the dead.

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Aileen and Dennis Dimapilis
- Dodo
- Ely
- Lilian K
- Mehmet R.
- Nedime
- Fr. John Weyer
.. for peace and healing of
- Pauline and family.
- Nedime and Mehmet R and family
- Abbie
.. 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
- Chibu and Trinna
- Gailey
.. for the continued good health of the Balingit family.
.. for peace and healing of Pauline and family.
.. for the eternal repose of
- 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: Cuco Lim
- Birthday: Mary Wong Lim
- Wedding Anniversary: Dr. Camilo V. Te & Dr. Ma. Rosario G. Te
- In Memoriam (+): Judith Ledesma
.. 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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