Sunday, March 08, 2009
Monday 2nd Week of Lent
Memorial, Frances of Rome, Religious
Monday 2nd Week of Lent - Year I
"Lord, great and awesome God,
you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love you
and observe your commandments!
We have sinned, been wicked and done evil;
we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws.
We have not obeyed your servants the prophets,
who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes,
our fathers, and all the people of the land.
Justice, O Lord, is on your side;
we are shamefaced even to this day:
we, the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem,
and all Israel, near and far,
in all the countries to which you have scattered them
because of their treachery toward you.
O LORD, we are shamefaced, like our kings, our princes, and our
for having sinned against you.
But yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness!
Yet we rebelled against you
and paid no heed to your command, O LORD, our God,
to live by the law you gave us through your servants the prophets."
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
"Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you."
The spiritual life is a journey of constant struggles and trials. We
experience moments of great hardship as we overcome our challenges and
difficulties, such as judging others or losing our patience with loved
ones. If we fall, we get back up and keep on going in order to live
the virtue we seek. We need to do this with a humble heart. In the
end, our constant effort is that which will enable us to persevere and
come out on top. Jesus is counting on us to choose him above all else.
He wants to give us all that is good, but he wants us to cooperate
with his grace.
In today's Gospel, Jesus is calling us to a higher standard of living.
He calls us to imitate him. He tells us that we will reap what we sow.
God is truly just with us, and he wants more than anything to give us
what is good. His heart's desire is to shower us with His graces and
blessings, but He needs our cooperation to do so. He honors our
freedom, but if we choose to do the opposite of what He wants, what is
just and good, we shall receive our due of punishment. It is up to us
to respond to God generously and with a humble heart.
More than anything, we should love Jesus above all else and have this
thought reflected in everything that we say and do. Our responsibility
is to form our spiritual selves by imitating Jesus with greater effort
and love. Many times it will be difficult to see the good in our
brothers and sisters, but Jesus calls us to do just that and to see
him in them. Let us ask Jesus today to help us to continue growing in
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Vijay K.
- Sister Teresa Mabasa, DC
- Marlyn Tadeo
… for the personal intentions of
- Mary Wong
- Dapo family
- Veronica Yap
… Birthday: Sharon Pesengco
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Thanksgiving: Janice L. Gotamco
… for the healing and peace of all families
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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