Wednesday, June 17, 2009



JUNE 18, 2009

Brothers and sisters: If only you would put up with a little
foolishness from me! Please put up with me. For I am jealous of you
with the jealousy of God, since I betrothed you to one husband to
present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that, as the
serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts may be corrupted
from a sincere and pure commitment to Christ. For if someone comes and
preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a
different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from
the one you accepted, you put up with it well enough. For I think that
I am not in any way inferior to these "superapostles." Even if I am
untrained in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; in every way we have
made this plain to you in all things. Did I make a mistake when I
humbled myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the
Gospel of God to you without charge? I plundered other churches by
accepting from them in order to minister to you. And when I was with
you and in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came
from Macedonia supplied my needs. So I refrained and will refrain from
burdening you in any way. By the truth of Christ in me, this boast of
mine shall not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. And why? Because
I do not love you? God knows I do!

MATTHEW 6:7-15
Jesus said to his disciples: "In praying, do not babble like the
pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask
him. "This is how you are to pray: `Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as
it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our
trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us
not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.' "If you forgive others
their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if
you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your

Prayer is a deeply personal conversation with God. It is not a public
stage on which we parade our piety. Like two lovers sharing their
dreams, hopes and sorrows in the quiet of their own company, so, too,
must we draw off to the "inner room" of our soul, close the door by
shutting out all our distractions, and talk to our Heavenly Father in
the secret of our heart. Living a family relationship with the Father
reassures us that we do not have to fear God because God loves us and
is always ready to forgive us. It is interesting and important that
Jesus puts further emphasis on the part about forgiveness. He knows
how hard it is for us to forgive. Yet he conditions God's mercy
towards us by our mercy towards others.

This would be terrifying if Jesus had not already died on the cross
and assured us of God's forgiveness and won for us the strength that
we need to forgive others. His victory over sin, hatred, anger and
death is our victory as well. Our Father expects us to show
compassion, love and kindness to others in return. Seeking to live in
unity with the Father also teaches us to pray for the things that we
need and for the needs of others. As we pray, we can be confident that
the Father who knows our needs even before we pray for them, will meet
our needs.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Lisa
- Conchita
… for the special intentions: San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the personal intentions of Veronica Yap
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Salud Calupitan. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Josie Sy Keat
- Birthday: Paula Wong Kaw Boon
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilbert Lim & Gina Lim
- Wedding Anniversary: Jesus & Monina Lucas
- In Memoriam (+): Tony Ng Chu Chee (Nov 1, 1919-Jun 18, 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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