Thursday, August 20, 2009
FRIDAY 20TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, PIUS X, POPE
FRIDAY 20TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
RUTH 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22
Once in the time of the judges there was a famine in the land; so a
man from Bethlehem of Judah departed with his wife and two sons to
reside on the plateau of Moab. Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died,
and she was left with her two sons, who married Moabite women, one
named Orpah, the other Ruth. When they had lived there about ten
years, both Mahlon and Chilion died also, and the woman was left with
neither her two sons nor her husband. She then made ready to go back
from the plateau of Moab because word reached her there that the Lord
had visited his people and given them food. Orpah kissed her mother-in-
law good-bye, but Ruth stayed with her. Naomi said, "See now! Your
sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her god. Go back after
your sister-in-law!" But Ruth said, "Do not ask me to abandon or
forsake you! For wherever you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will
lodge, your people shall be my people, and your God my God." Thus it
was that Naomi returned with the Moabite daughter-in-law, Ruth, who
accompanied her back from the plateau of Moab. They arrived in
Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they
gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him
by asking, "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He
said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and
the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your
neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these
When we embody an ideal, when we totally commit ourselves to a
mission, when we are drawn to a dream bigger than ourselves, then it
follows it becomes our purpose for being. The greatest commandment is
to love God completely. This is the code we should all live by.
Loving God should be the basis for all our actions, in how we deal
with others, and in how others perceive us. If we're always
complaining, how can they see God in what we do? A calm, collected
disposition, and a quiet faith, is how society will notice the peace
within us that only God can give.
We can thus influence the world around us. Internalizing how Our Lord
would like us to conduct ourselves will bring positive change. We can
start by being more patient with our family members. By looking out
for one another's welfare, we slowly, but surely, participate in
building God's kingdom here on earth.
May we pray for the grace to be totally in love with God. Everything
will follow from how we manifest that love. Everyday will be an
opportunity to strive to do His will in every way.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Richy Ozoa
- Kevin, Keempee and Darlita
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the speedy recovery and strength of Kurt Czyrell M. Sison
… for the health and well-being of Fe Vergel de Dios-Domingo
… for the personal intentions of
- Adoracion Alday
… for the safety of San Juan de Dios Hospital
… in Thanksgiving:
- Enrique and Eufrocina Navarro and family
- Med Villanueva
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Imelda C. Barba. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Justin Peter Lim
- Birthday: Bryan L. Lim
- Birthday: Fr. Johnny Go, S.J.
- In Memoriam (+): Carmen Tan Sio Ty Ngo
… 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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