Monday, June 22, 2009



JUNE 23, 2009

GENESIS 13:2, 5-18
Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. Now
Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and
tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together,
for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay
together. And quarreling arose between Abram's herdsmen and the
herdsmen of Lot. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the
land at that time. So Abram said to Lot, "Let's not have any
quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for
we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Let's part company.
If you go to the left, I'll go to the right; if you go to the right,
I'll go to the left." Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of
the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the
land of Egypt, toward Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom
and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan
and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: Abram lived
in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain
and pitched his tents near Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked and
were sinning greatly against the LORD. The LORD said to Abram after
Lot had parted from him, "Lift up your eyes from where you are and
look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will
give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring
like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust,
then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and
breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you." So Abram moved his
tents and went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where
he built an altar to the LORD.

MATTHEW 7:6, 12-14
"Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If
you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear
you to pieces. So in everything, do to others what you would have them
do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. "Enter through
the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads
to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and
narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Today's Gospel taken from the Sermon on the Mount speaks of eternal
life and the difficulty it entails to get there. This paradise is
found through the narrowest gate and at the end of a very rough road.
In fact, not many will see and find it.

It is human nature to prefer the easy way. In our daily chores we
desire the widest path, paved well and easy to travel in; a path with
little or no hardships and sufferings; full of consolations and
gratifications. Why then is this famous wide path dangerous? Why will
it lead most people to damnation? For many people, it is suffering and
challenges that mold and teach humility. It is when we experience
failure that we acknowledge and understand that we are not gods, and
that we are weak. It is when we experience defeat, when we think that
God did not allow our plans to be fulfilled — that He builds our

In every crisis we remember to put God and our fellowmen first before
our pride and selfishness. However, during good times we put ourselves
first before God and others. The rough path that leads to the narrow
gate is not easy to find. But don't worry because God loves us so much
He will guide and show us the entrance to the narrow path. God desires
eternal life for all of us, with Him in heaven.

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 personal intentions of Enrique L Navarro and Eufrocina
… 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: Cresencio Tan Jao
- Birthday: Fr. Ernie Arceo, O.P.
- Birthday: Lovelene Wendy I. Semanero
- Birthday: Alexis Reyes
- Birthday: Alejandro Kaw Boon
… for world peace and reconciliation.

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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