Monday, August 27, 2007
MEMORIAL, ST. AUGUSTINE, BISHOP & DOCTOR
MEMORIAL, ST. AUGUSTINE, BISHOP & DOCTOR
TUESDAY 21ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
1 THESSALONIANS 2:1-8
You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our reception among
you was not without effect. Rather, after we had suffered and been
insolently treated, as you know, in Philippi, we drew courage through
our God to speak to you the Gospel of God with much struggle. Our
exhortation was not from delusion or impure motives, nor did it work
through deception. But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted
with the Gospel, that is how we speak, not as trying to please men,
but rather God, who judges our hearts. Nor, indeed, did we ever appear
with flattering speech, as you know, or with a pretext for greed-God
is witness- nor did we seek praise from men, either from you or from
others, although we were able to impose our weight as Apostles of
Christ. Rather, we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares
for her children. With such affection for you, we were determined to
share with you not only the Gospel of God, but our very selves as
well, so dearly beloved had you become to us.
Jesus said: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You
pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the
weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity. But
these you should have done, without neglecting the others. Blind
guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel! "Woe to you,
scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You cleanse the outside of cup
and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the
outside also may be clean."
It is so easy for us to get bogged down by unimportant things in our
daily lives and to worry about trivialities. Often it is very obvious
in our relations with God and in our Christian living. While all the
time what really matters is if, like Jesus, we are people of truth,
people of love and compassion, people of understanding and
Again we spend so much time being anxious about how we appear before
people, what people think about us. When what really matters is the
"real me" inside and how we relate to God and to people. We can get
so lost in little details that we forget to ask the most important
questions of fairness, justice, decency and charity.
Jesus says: "Clean the inside of the cup first and the outside will
take care of itself". Jesus means, of course, that if our interior
dispositions are good, wholesome, truly Christian and Gospel oriented,
then our exterior, our lives, our actions, our contacts with our
fellowmen will also be truly Christian. There is little good in being
exteriorly correct, polite, and civil, unless our interior thoughts
are the origin and basis for these acts. Otherwise we become
hypocrites and are no better than the Scribes and Pharisees. Honesty
with self is not only good mental health. It is also Christian in
every sense of the word.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the personal intentions of:
- Matet Rey
- Guevara Family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Glenn Manzon, Jerico Ureta
- Roger Ramos, Nerissa Ramos, Jose Rigor and Ma. Fatima
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Danilo Casumpang
- Damaso Guevara
- Julie Manzon, Delly David, Charlie Castro
... In Thanksgiving:
- Manzon Family
- Bonsol Family
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Edgardo Diama
- Domingo Barayoga Sr, Lourdes Barayoga
- Donato, Maria, Candido, Alfonso, Alfonsa, Isidora, Jovita
Eternal rest grant unto them and may 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: Tessie Macatangay
... 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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