Sunday, June 07, 2009



JUNE 8, 2009

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our
brother, to the Church of God that is at Corinth, with all the holy
ones throughout Achaia: grace to you and peace from God our Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all encouragement, who
encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to
encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with
which we ourselves are encouraged by God. For as Christ's sufferings
overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also
overflow. If we are afflicted, it is for your encouragement and
salvation; if we are encouraged, it is for your encouragement, which
enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for
you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also
share in the encouragement.

MATTHEW 5:1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had
sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are
the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger
and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are
the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of
heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they
will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted
for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every
kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the
prophets who were before you."

Is there something in our lives that rejects this call to holiness?
What is it that takes precedence in our spiritual life? Jesus invites
us to take a Christian stand, just as he invited his first followers
to become examples for others by the way they lived. Jesus invites us
to embrace insults, persecution, and false accusations for his sake.
He asks us to offer the other cheek and to forgive our enemies and
pray for them. The words "For his sake" has captured the hearts of
countless ordinary Christian people throughout the ages. Only when we
bless those who make us suffer can we truly love Jesus. And forgiving
those who make false accusations against another requires true
Christian heroism.

The Beatitudes challenged Jesus' disciples and continues to challenge
us today and will continue to challenge people in the future. The
Beatitudes were not meant as a message for just one generation. The
teaching was given to stir up the hearts of those who were listening
at the time and it should stir up our hearts today as well. As we
think about the Beatitudes, let us ask ourselves: "Am I living as God
sees the world?" If the answer is "yes", do not get too comfortable.
Jesus is going to move us to deeper faith and service. If the answer
is "not as well as I could", then we should continue to pray for
greater understanding and wisdom and God's way will become clearer to

Let us thank Jesus today for explaining to us what is truly important.
Let us ask Jesus for the grace and strength to cast aside our fears
and continue to follow closely in his footsteps.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Lisa
- Pit Eng
- Lucy Chin
… for the special intentions: San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Alberto dela Cruz. Eternal
rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and
all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Leticia Z. Timbol
- Birthday: Atty. Victorino de los Angeles
- Wedding Anniversary: Edward & Rosa Choa
- Wedding Anniversary: Mat & Betty Robles
… 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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