Sunday, June 21, 2009



JUNE 22, 2009

GENESIS 12:1-9
The LORD said to Abram: "Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and
from your father's house to a land that I will show you. "I will make
of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name
great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless
you and curse those who curse you. All the communities of the earth
shall find blessing in you." Abram went as the LORD directed him, and
Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left
Haran. Abram took his wife, Sarai, his brother's son Lot, all the
possessions that they had accumulated, and the persons they had
acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan. When they
came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land as far as
the sacred place at Shechem, by the terebinth of Moreh. (The
Canaanites were then in the land.) The LORD appeared to Abram and
said, "To your descendants I will give this land." So Abram built an
altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him. From there he moved
on to the hill country east of Bethel, pitching his tent with Bethel
to the west and Ai to the east. He built an altar there to the LORD
and invoked the LORD by name. Then Abram journeyed on by stages to the

Jesus said to his disciples: "Stop judging, that you may not be
judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with
which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the
splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in
your own eye? How can you say to your brother, `Let me remove that
splinter from your eye,' while the wooden beam is in your eye? You
hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will
see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother's eye."

Jesus has a stern warning for those who condemn others while ignoring
their own shortcomings. He bestows the title "hypocrite" on those who
pass judgment on the faults of others while ignoring their own faults.
The very word "hypocrite" translates as one who puts on a false
appearance. Jesus could see clearly the pretentious religious
arrogance of those who judged harshly the conduct or motives of
others, while not owning up to their own moral faults.

As we pause and take stock of our own lives, we will soon discover
that our shortcomings are plentiful. Our own conduct may not be
completely free of hypocrisy and our decisions may not always be based
on justice. We all have a propensity for judging others. We often
judge quickly, mercilessly, and based on first impressions, without
really knowing what's going on or not going on inside those around us.
We see only the externals; God alone sees the heart.

Today Jesus invites us to take a look at ourselves. Jesus himself
admits that it is easy to see another's faults. Our neighbor's faults,
however, should not distract us from a sincere examination of
ourselves. We have our own splinters to deal with, too. At the end of
the day, judging obtains little or nothing productive; rather, it is
much more fruitful to spend our time rooting out our own defects
instead. Removing a splinter of wood embedded in our finger is painful
work, and the longer we wait the worse it gets. However, removing the
splinters of defects from our own lives life brings about the happy
result of a more profound self-understanding, as well as an increased
empathy for others and acting in loving ways. With the Holy Spirit's
gift of right judgment, we can act without malice towards everyone and
with charity for all.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Shiappee
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Lisa
- Sr. Mary Perpetua, Larry Brown, Alex Smith, Josephine, Doug, Eva
Winslow, Charisma, Ron, Betty Jean Wood, Gabriela Garber, Sharon Coe,
Maureen McInerney, Adolfo Serrano, Nestle Joy Escaro, Nicky, Tatiana,
Susan, Spence
- Ester Marcelo
… for the special intentions: San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Jose Francisco Figueroa, Barbara Leinonen, Monica Jackson, Edmund
and Esther Hickey, Waymon Tisdale, Chuck Daly, Greg Page, Mary McAtee
Carmen, Saizan, Dan Grosso and Marguerite Pearson
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: Mary Wong Lim
- Birthday: Cuco Lim
- In Memoriam (+): Jose Antonio Carvajal +
- In Memoriam (+): Nieves Bengson Cudala
- In Memoriam (+): Amelia Judith Ledesma
… 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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