Thursday, August 09, 2007



AUGUST 10, 2007

Brothers and sisters: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap
sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every
grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you
need, you may have an abundance for every good work. As it is
written: He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness
endures forever. The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for
food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of
your righteousness.

JOHN 12:24-26
Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a
grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain
of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his
life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve
it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I
am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever
serves me."

St. Lawrence was a deacon who was martyred in Rome in the year 258.
There are two stories about him, which if they are not pure legend,
may indicate something about the sort of person he was.

In the year 258 the Prefect of Rome, a civil official, ordered
Lawrence to hand over the church's valuables. Lawrence gathered the
poor and the sick and presented them to the Prefect saying, "Here is
the church's treasure." Immediately he was put to death, by being
roasted on a gridiron.

As for the second story, after Lawrence lay on the gridiron for some
time with the fire burning below it, he remarked to the
executioner, "Turn me over, please, this side is sufficiently done."

It may be Lawrence's reputation for humor prompted the Church's
choice for the first reading in today's liturgy. Paul was urging his
Gentile Christians to donate money to a fund which would be sent to
the church in Jerusalem. The Christians there needed help, famine
was ravaging the area. Paul urges the Gentiles Christians to give
generously and with joy in their hearts, for as he puts it, "God
loves a cheerful giver."

If our two stories are more than myth or legend, Lawrence seems
without a doubt to have served the poor and the sick of Rome, the
Church's treasure, cheerfully, and cheerfully to have given his life
for Christ.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Ernesto and Feliciana
- Jose Rigor
- Lito David
- Cel Choa
- Sister Normita Guevarra, DC
- Dodo
- Ely
- Clarise Welch, Charlie Castro, Delly David, Julie Manzon,
Glenda Bisco, Linda Manzon, Abelino Gutual
- Kat Vidanes
- Elaine
... Thanksgiving for:
- Jane Guillermo
- Bonsol family
- Mr. & Mrs. Ivan & Cheng Welch, Manzon Family, Barayoga
Family,Escamilla Family, Vergara Family, Bisco Family, Castro Family,
De Castro Family
- Eric
... for the personal intentions and guidance of:
- Jasmin
- Ma. Fatima
- Francis Torres
- Rupa and Jeverly
- Bebot Choa
- Karen, Kay, Kirstie and Kevin
- Ashley Joy Barayoga, Julie and Glenn Manzon, Domingo Barayoga
Jr., Churchill Barayoga, Mary Ann Castro
- Marlon Llamas
- Camille Torres
- Guevara Family
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Domingo Barayoga, Sr, Lourdes Barayoga, Allan Escamilla
- Ms. Arceli Dominique Pasague, Ligaya Agnote, Rosario
Malagueno, Regina M. Lopez
- Rafael Lalana
- Marciana Guevara
- Ricardo King
- Charlie Cheng
Eternal rest grant unto them and perpetual light shine upon them. May
they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Aya Villegas
- Birthday: Cardinal Gaudencio B. Rosales
- Birthday: Justa L. Lee
- Wedding Anniversary: Bong & Beth Navarro
... 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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