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AUGUST 17, 2009

JUDGES 2:11-19
The children of Israel offended the LORD by serving the Baals.
Abandoning the LORD, the God of their fathers, who led them out of the
land of Egypt, they followed the other gods of the various nations
around them, and by their worship of these gods provoked the LORD.
Because they had thus abandoned him and served Baal and the Ashtaroth,
the anger of the LORD flared up against Israel, and he delivered them
over to plunderers who despoiled them. He allowed them to fall into
the power of their enemies round about whom they were no longer able
to withstand. Whatever they undertook, the LORD turned into disaster
for them, as in his warning he had sworn he would do, till they were
in great distress. Even when the LORD raised up judges to deliver them
from the power of their despoilers, they did not listen to their
judges, but abandoned themselves to the worship of other gods. They
were quick to stray from the way their fathers had taken, and did not
follow their example of obedience to the commandments of the LORD.
Whenever the LORD raised up judges for them, he would be with the
judge and save them from the power of their enemies as long as the
judge lived; it was thus the LORD took pity on their distressful cries
of affliction under their oppressors. But when the judge died, they
would relapse and do worse than their ancestors, following other gods
in service and worship, relinquishing none of their evil practices or
stubborn conduct.

MATTHEW 19:16-22
A young man approached Jesus and said, "Teacher, what good must I do
to gain eternal life?" He answered him, "Why do you ask me about the
good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life,
keep the commandments." He asked him, "Which ones?" And Jesus replied,
"You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not
steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your
mother; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself." The young man
said to him, "All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?"
Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have
and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come,
follow me." When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,
for he had many possessions.

What is the extent of our comfort zone? When was the last time we
ventured out of it? When Jesus tells the young man to observe the
commandments of God in order to attain eternal life and he says that
he has been doing so, he asks Jesus a further question: "What do I
still lack?" As the popular song goes, "It's the one who won't be
taken, who cannot seem to give. And the soul afraid of dying that
never learns to live."

If we want to be true followers of Jesus, then we have to let go and
let ourselves be taken away. If we want to be swept off our feet, then
we have to give Jesus the first and best shot at our lives. Unless the
grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a single
grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Let us not be afraid. It
is in dying that we are born to eternal life, and this life is Jesus
himself: the way, the truth, and the life.

Keeping up with other people or our neighbors or co-workers, is not
the meaning of life. If we wish to be perfect, in other words, if we
want to be truly happy, then we should live for God and set our hearts
on the things that last forever: faith, hope, and love. Let us not
forget that the more things we own, the more those things own us.

Let us be good stewards and use what God has given us to bring others
closer to God. Let us be detached from creature comforts so that we
can serve God in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, in
plenty and in scarcity, all the days of our lives. This is the goal
and purpose of our life.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Dominador F. Rodriguez
- Arnold Cabatingan
- Crisanta Anas
- Kevin, Keempee and Darlita
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Lisa
… for the health and well-being ofFe Vergel de Dios-Domingo
… for the personal intentions of Dapo family
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Michael Velasco, Deogracias Tigno, Rolando Alano, Clara Tigno,
Deocarlo Tigno, Boy Estacio, Robert Tacbad, Babes Pacetes, Arnel de
Guzman, Susan Fernandez
- Mariano "Bubba" Nocom
- 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.
… 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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