Tuesday, June 09, 2009
WEDNESDAY 10TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
WEDNESDAY 10TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
2 CORINTHIANS 3:4-11
Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we
are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our
competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a
new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter
kills, but the Spirit gives life. Now if the ministry that brought
death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so
that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses
because of its glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of
the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is
glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings
righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison
with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with
glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I
have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the
truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not
the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law
until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least
of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called
least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches
these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For the scribes and Pharisees, the strict observance of the Mosaic law
and many of their commentaries serve as a guide to almost every
activity they do. However, for Jesus, the strict observance of these
rules or regulations becomes more of a burden to most of the people,
because these people do not understand the basis of such practices.
Yet, even as he criticized the Pharisees and their followers for their
blind and strict observance of the law, he emphasized that he did not
come to abolish them. So, how are we to understand what he meant when
he told his listeners that their righteousness must even exceed that
of the scribes and Pharisees?
Certain practices or regulations govern our relationship with each
other. We also have rules that govern our relationship with God. When
certain rules are established as the norm, most people just follow
them without thinking or reflecting on its meaning. Many people
blindly follow the letter and rarely ponder on the spirit of the law.
This is what our Lord wanted to point out in today's Gospel. We may
wonder at the attitude of the Scribes and Pharisees, who seriously
observe their faith. But, we also encounter this attitude and
mentality among many of us. How many of us are minimalists when it
comes to our faith and our relationship with God? We follow the many
prescribed rules or commandments without much understanding and hence
we fail to internalize them. When these rules become too difficult to
follow, we end up ignoring them or follow them reluctantly because we
fear eternal condemnation. For something as basic as the Mass, how
many of us truly and wholeheartedly participate and understand its
Today, let us reflection on our relationship and attitude towards God.
Are we lukewarm Christians? Are we Christians of convenience? Or are
we one who inspire and guide others in their relationship with God?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Pit Eng
- Lucy Chin
- Ariana Cuevas
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Sophia Gonzalez
… for the special intentions:
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Med Villanueva
… emotional healing, wisdom, strength and inner peace of Josheil Dapo
… for the healing of the Dapo family
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Alberto dela Cruz
- John L. Carpio, Jr.
- Dolores Kalingasan
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: Dina Magbitang
- Birthday: Gerard Perkin Gotohio
- In Memoriam (+): Macaria Co Yu (Jun 25, 1924-Jul 10, 1988)+
- In Memoriam (+): Fortunato M. Gupit
… 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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