Sunday, August 09, 2009
MONDAY 19TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
FEAST, ST LAWRENCE, DEACON, MARTYR
MONDAY 19TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
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2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-10
Brothers and sisters: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do
as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a
cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for
you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have
an abundance for every good work. As it is written: He scatters
abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever. The
one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and
multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain
of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of
wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life
loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it
for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am,
there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves
Today we are honoring St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr. The word deacon
comes from the Greek word diakonos, which means servant. After Saints
Peter and Paul, Lawrence is the most honored saint in Rome. The reason
why Lawrence remains so honored over more than 1500 years after his
death is because Lawrence personifies in his life and death the
lessons found in today's scripture readings.
Lawrence was called from Spain to serve the Bishop of Rome as a deacon
in the early Church. During a wave of persecutions, the Pope and all
his clergy were executed. Deacon Lawrence was captured by the Roman
governor but released on the condition that he return within three
days and turn over the entire Church treasury to him. Lawrence
returned at the appointed time, not with the material wealth of the
church that was expected but with a multitude of the poor.
Pointing to the poor, Lawrence said: "These are the treasures of the
Church." He went on to explain that he had used the Church's entire
wealth to care for the needs of the poor. The Roman governor was
enraged and ordered Lawrence to be bound to a red hot grill and
roasted to death. The story holds that Lawrence cheer fully joked with
his tormentors saying: "I am quite well done on this side. Now you can
turn me over. With his dying words, Lawrence personified Paul's words
from our first reading: "God loves a cheerful giver."
A lesson for us from today's readings and from the example of St.
Lawrence is that we are to offer preferential treatment to the poor
and be generous, for the Lord has blessed us. We are called to share
our blessings with others that we may become more like Jesus. Jesus
calls each one of us to serve one another. When we serve others, we
are serving God as well.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
… for the strength and healing of:
- Keempee, Kevin and Darlita
- Francis Torres
- Ester Marcelo
- Richy Ozoa
- Dapo family
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Raul Ylaya and Epifania
Ylaya. 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: Nini B. Alejandrino
- Birthday: Cardinal Gaudencio B. Rosales, D.D.
- Birthday: Justa Lee
… 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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