Tuesday, March 10, 2009



MARCH 11, 2009

JEREMIAH 18:18-20
The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said, "Come, let us
contrive a plot against Jeremiah. It will not mean the loss of
instruction from the priests, nor of counsel from the wise, nor of
messages from the prophets. And so, let us destroy him by his own
tongue; let us carefully note his every word." Heed me, O LORD, and
listen to what my adversaries say. Must good be repaid with evil that
they should dig a pit to take my life? Remember that I stood before
you to speak in their behalf, to turn away your wrath from them.

MATTHEW 20:17-28
As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside
by themselves, and said to them on the way, "Behold, we are going up
to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief
priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand
him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and
he will be raised on the third day." Then the mother of the sons of
Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to
ask him for something. He said to her, "What do you wish?" She
answered him, "Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your
right and the other at your left, in your kingdom." Jesus said in
reply, "You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice
that I am going to drink?" They said to him, "We can." He replied, "My
chalice you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left,
this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been
prepared by my Father." When the ten heard this, they became indignant
at the two brothers. But Jesus summoned them and said, "You know that
the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make
their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the
Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life
as a ransom for many."

In today's first reading, Jeremiah's enemies plotted for his
destruction even as the prophet tried to speak on their behalf.
Jeremiah prayed that God will turn His wrath away from them.

In today's Gospel, Matthew wrote about the Passion of Jesus to remind
the disciples that though Jesus has to suffer and die on the cross he
will be raised on the third day. However, the request of the mothers
to have their sons sit on the left and right side of Jesus in His
kingdom, showed that they still missed the point of the kingdom that
Jesus is preaching. Jesus reminds us that to be first, one must serve
and not be served; giving their lives as a ransom for many.

Let us ask ourselves today, which area of our lives does God want us
to be more of a servant. Let us ask the Lord to give us the humility
to accept His will, to be able to accept the challenge of whatever
task he may send our way.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Ester Marcelo
- Lisa
- Jason Paul
- Christy Chin
… for the personal intentions of:
- Nitz Carvajal
- Pauline
… for the safety of Johnson Cuiting
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Gio C. Ventura
- Birthday: Stanley S. Yu
- Birthday: Dr. Matilde G. Gonzales
- Birthday: Sis. Ramina N. Uy
- Birthday: Myrna Muñoz
- In Memoriam (+): Saw Cen
- In Memoriam (+): Natividad L. Chuakay
- In Memoriam (+): Yang Moon Chu
… 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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