Thursday, August 06, 2009
FRIDAY 18TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, SIXTUS II, POPE AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS; CAJETAN, PRIEST
FRIDAY 18TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Moses said to the people: "Ask now of the days of old, before your
time, ever since God created man upon the earth; ask from one end of
the sky to the other: Did anything so great ever happen before? Was it
ever heard of? Did a people ever hear the voice of God speaking from
the midst of fire, as you did, and live? Or did any god venture to go
and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by
testings, by signs and wonders, by war, with his strong hand and
outstretched arm, and by great terrors, all of which the LORD, your
God, did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? All this you were
allowed to see that you might know the LORD is God and there is no
other. Out of the heavens he let you hear his voice to discipline you;
on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard him speaking out
of the fire. For love of your fathers he chose their descendants and
personally led you out of Egypt by his great power, driving out of
your way nations greater and mightier than you, so as to bring you in
and to make their land your heritage, as it is today. This is why you
must now know, and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God in the
heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other. You must
keep his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you today, that
you and your children after you may prosper, and that you may have
long life on the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you
Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wishes to come after me must
deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to
save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake
will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole
world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his
life? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father's
glory, and then he will repay each according to his conduct. Amen, I
say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death
until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom."
Imagine if we had everything material we desired. Imagine if we owned
an expensive luxury sports car and be wealthy enough that if anything
happened to it, we could easily buy another. Imagine if we lived in a
big palace, had several homes all over the world or our normal mode of
transport was a private helicopter. Imagine if we could have breakfast
in any city around the world because we had our own private jet.
There's nothing wrong in aspiring for the life-styles of the rich and
famous. The question is if we had all that we could ever ask for,
would we be spiritually satisfied? Would we have an empty feeling in
our souls that can only be filled by God's love?
It's not how much luxury goods have, it's the thanksgiving we
experience when an indigent child receives his schoolbook. It's not
all the wonderful gourmet meals we can consume, it's the sharing of a
simple piece of bread with a hungry stranger. These are the
intangibles in life that help us appreciate what it means to really
live. We can decorate our homes with expensive furniture, but that
doesn't match how grateful a marginalized family would be after having
their house repaired.
Think about it. We're in this world to lift each other up. When we
choose to be selfish and self-absorbed, because we think only of
ourselves, that state of mind will eventually lead us to a road of
loneliness and despair.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Keempee, Kevin and Darlita
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Nestor Sevilla
- Corazon C. Aquino
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: Felicidad Bunuan
- Birthday: Arianne Christina P. Chuaunsu
- Birthday: Rona Charlene O. Lao
- Birthday: Dr. Miciel S. Leaño
- In Memoriam (+): Rafael Lalana
… 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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