Tuesday, June 02, 2009



JUNE 3, 2009

TOBIT 3:1-11, 16-17A
Grief-stricken in spirit, I groaned and wept aloud. Then with sobs I
began to pray: "You are righteous, O Lord, and all your deeds are
just; All your ways are mercy and truth; you are the judge of the
world. And now, O Lord, may you be mindful of me, and look with favor
upon me. Punish me not for my sins, nor for my inadvertent offenses,
nor for those of my fathers. "They sinned against you, and disobeyed
your commandments. So you handed us over to plundering, exile, and
death, till we were an object lesson, a byword, a reproach in all the
nations among whom you scattered us. "Yes, your judgments are many and
true in dealing with me as my sins and those of my fathers deserve.
For we have not kept your commandments, nor have we trodden the paths
of truth before you. "So now, deal with me as you please, and command
my life breath to be taken from me, that I may go from the face of the
earth into dust. It is better for me to die than to live, because I
have heard insulting calumnies, and I am overwhelmed with grief.
"Lord, command me to be delivered from such anguish; let me go to the
everlasting abode; Lord, refuse me not. For it is better for me to die
than to endure so much misery in life, and to hear these insults!" On
the same day, at Ecbatana in Media, it so happened that Raguel's
daughter Sarah also had to listen to abuse, from one of her father's
maids. For she had been married to seven husbands, but the wicked
demon Asmodeus killed them off before they could have intercourse with
her, as it is prescribed for wives. So the maid said to her: "You are
the one who strangles your husbands! Look at you! You have already
been married seven times, but you have had no joy with any one of your
husbands. Why do you beat us? Because your husbands are dead? Then why
not join them! May we never see a son or daughter of yours!" That day
she was deeply grieved in spirit. She went in tears to an upstairs
room in her father's house with the intention of hanging herself. But
she reconsidered, saying to herself: "No! People would level this
insult against my father: 'You had only one beloved daughter, but she
hanged herself because of ill fortune!' And thus would I cause my
father in his old age to go down to the nether world laden with
sorrow. It is far better for me not to hang myself, but to beg the
Lord to have me die, so that I need no longer live to hear such
insults." At that time, then, she spread out her hands, and facing the
window, poured out this prayer: "Blessed are you, O Lord, merciful
God! Forever blessed and honored is your holy name; may all your works
forever bless you. At that very time, the prayer of these two
suppliants was heard in the glorious presence of Almighty God. So
Raphael was sent to heal them both: to remove the cataracts from
Tobit's eyes, so that he might again see God's sunlight; and to marry
Raguel's daughter Sarah to Tobit's son Tobiah, and then drive the
wicked demon Asmodeus from her. For Tobiah had the right to claim her
before any other who might wish to marry her.In the very moment that
Tobit returned from the courtyard to his house, Raguel's daughter
Sarah came downstairs from her room.

MARK 12:18-27
Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with
a question. "Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote for us that if a man's
brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the
widow and have children for his brother. Now there were seven
brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children.
The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child.
It was the same with the third. In fact, none of the seven left any
children. Last of all, the woman died too. At the resurrection whose
wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?" Jesus replied,
"Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the
power of God? When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given
in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Now about the
dead rising--have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of
the bush, how God said to him, `I am the God of Abraham, the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead, but of
the living. You are badly mistaken!"

In today's Gospel, Jesus is questioned by the Sadducees regarding
relationships in the afterlife. As we reflect on the story and the
different characters in the drama, what particular actions or words
come into our minds? Since the Sadducees do not believe in the
resurrection, their beliefs do not take into account this particular
situation. What then was the reason for their question? Were they
sincere in their question? Or were they merely testing Jesus and
hoping for an answer from him which will reinforce their beliefs?

As we reflect on their possible motives, can we find similar incidents
in our own lives and attitudes that relate to some other teachings of
our faith? What will we most probably be doing and relating to if we
are in the presence of the Lord together with all the saints and
angels in heaven? Will our relationships and positions in life have
any place in heaven? Will being a spouse, priest, layman, president,
king or peasant make a difference in heaven? Using our earthly
relationships as a metaphor, we may be children of the Father and
brothers and sisters to each other. Yet, even Father or "Abba", as
used by Jesus to describe his relationship to our Father, will not be
adequate to express the relationship of divine love. We must remember
that Jesus, while he was on earth, had to use human ideas and words to
express what is really beyond our earthly experience. How do our
earthly relationships compare with this immense unfathomable love of
God for us?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and speedy recovery of:
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Ester Marcelo
- Shiappee
- Christy Chin
- Conchita T.
… for the special intentions: San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the physical and spiritual well-being of Rocel
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Eliseo S. Yu
- Birthday: Carmen Fabella Mueller
- Birthday: Demetrio Macapagal Jr.
- Birthday: Dr. Antonio Bautista
- In Memoriam (+): Ramona Chua Hwan (Nov 2, 1955-Jun 3, 2005)+
… 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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