Thursday, June 11, 2009



JUNE 12, 2009

Brothers and sisters: We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that
the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted
in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to
despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not
destroyed; always carrying about in the Body the dying of Jesus, so
that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. For we who
live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so
that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death
is at work in us, but life in you. Since, then, we have the same
spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed, therefore
I spoke," we too believe and therefore speak, knowing that the one who
raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with
you in his presence. Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace
bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the
thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.

MATTHEW 5:27-32
Jesus said to his disciples: "You have heard that it was said, You
shall not commit adultery. But I say to you, everyone who looks at a
woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It
is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole
body thrown into Gehenna. And if your right hand causes you to sin,
cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your
members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna. "It was also
said, Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce. But I
say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is
unlawful) causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a
divorced woman commits adultery."

People often look only at outward appearances. We should not wait for
the evil tree to bear evil fruits. We should prevent the sowing of
evil seed. We should not wait until our hidden sins manifest
themselves. We must get rid of them at their very roots. It is not the
outward action that counts, but the will. It is not what we do that
matters, but how we do it. If we do a thing out of love for God and
people, it is always meritorious. Jesus uses exaggeration to make his
point. Just as physical amputation is a drastic measure to prevent the
spread of disease to the entire body, spiritual surgery may be
necessary to prevent the destruction of the whole person in the final

We might consider what needs to be cut out of our own life so that we
can live more faithfully as good Catholics. Surgery can be painful,
but the healing process can lead to new life. This may be an
opportunity for us to set priorities with a purity of intent that can
be life-giving for us. Small changes may be all that are needed to
make a big difference. Hearing today's Gospel reading, we realize that
Jesus was not set ting up new rules to make people's lives even more
burdensome, but, rather, he was explaining the essential meaning of
the Law.

Jesus is proposing a very high moral ideal for us, but not an
impossible one. Let us ask Jesus today that in all our human frailties
we may not lose hope but rely on his Spirit to show his power in our

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Dominador F. Rodriguez
- Ariana Cuevas
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Shiappee
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Lisa
… 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
- 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: Polly Limpe Alianan
- Birthday: Wilfredo Ortiz
- Birthday: Ma. Carmela F. Bate
- Birthday: Linda T. Villanueva
- Birthday: Dr. & Dra. Bruce & Marita Secilia
- Prayer Intention: Peace and Justice in the Philippines
- In Memoriam (+): Teofila Felix
… 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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