Friday, June 12, 2009



JUNE 13, 2009

Brothers and sisters: The love of Christ impels us, once we have come
to the conviction that one died for all; therefore, all have died. He
indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for
themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh;
even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know
him so no longer. So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old
things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all this is
from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us
the ministry of reconciliation, namely, God was reconciling the world
to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and
entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors
for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on
behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be
sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of
God in him.

MATTHEW 5:33-37
Jesus said to his disciples: "You have heard that it was said to your
ancestors, Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all
that you vow. But I say to you, do not swear at all; not by heaven,
for it is God's throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor
by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Do not swear by
your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black. Let your
`Yes' mean `Yes,' and your `No' mean `No.' Anything more is from the
Evil One."

Why is it so hard for us to be truthful? Is it because we are afraid
or insecure? Is it because we are too proud to admit that we might be
wrong? Or maybe it is hard to face the consequences of the truth.

In contrast to Peter's denial was Jesus' response when he was asked if
he was the Messiah. Jesus simply replied, "I am." By giving such an
answer, Jesus signed his own death warrant. Fear did not overcome him
because he had placed himself in his Father's hands and knew that
God's word could never be overcome.

At the Last Supper, Peter said that he would willingly die for Jesus,
but his bravado and enthusiasm soon left him when he saw how meekly
Jesus surrendered to his captors. Peter discovered the sad truth that
he could not follow Jesus to the cross solely by the power of his own
resolve. It was only after Pentecost that he received the power of the
Spirit and began to preach the Gospel with boldness — even in the face
of punishment and death.

Each one of us should strive to be sincere and truthful people. Just
as Jesus could see truth reflected in his disciples, those around us
should see truth and sincerity reflected in our conduct. It is too
easy to exaggerate and embellish the truth. For example, frequently
during election time, we hear people saying they do not know whom to
vote for, because they cannot trust politicians. Has anybody lost
trust in us?

As we surrender our hearts and minds to the Spirit, we too can master
our emotional life and experience a godly wholeness and integrity. The
reality of heaven, the promises of a faithful God, and a healthy fear
of sin will work together to form in us the simple commitment to the
truth that Jesus showed. Let us continue to ask the Spirit to mold us
into the image of Christ. The world is waiting for our witness.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Lisa
… for the special intentions: San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Augustu & Didit Cosio
- Birthday: Ellen Razo
- Birthday: Antonio G. Buenafe
- Wedding Anniversary: Lily & Chuaying Chuan
… 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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