Monday, August 24, 2009



AUGUST 25, 2009

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our reception among
you was not without effect. Rather, after we had suffered and been
insolently treated, as you know, in Philippi, we drew courage through
our God to speak to you the Gospel of God with much struggle. Our
exhortation was not from delusion or impure motives, nor did it work
through deception. But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted
with the Gospel, that is how we speak, not as trying to please men,
but rather God, who judges our hearts. Nor, indeed, did we ever appear
with flattering speech, as you know, or with a pretext for greed–God
is witness– nor did we seek praise from men, either from you or from
others, although we were able to impose our weight as Apostles of
Christ. Rather, we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares
for her children. With such affection for you, we were determined to
share with you not only the Gospel of God, but our very selves as
well, so dearly beloved had you become to us.

MATTHEW 23:23-26
Jesus said: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You
pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the
weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity. But
these you should have done, without neglecting the others. Blind
guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel! "Woe to you,
scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You cleanse the outside of cup
and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the
outside also may be clean."

It is good to see ourselves inside this Gospel as Pharisees. The
greatest danger is to think that these words are meant for our
neighbor and not for us. Jesus is speaking to us today in the Gospel.
He is warning us that we put on laws and morals that weigh and burden
others while we excuse ourselves for the sins and offenses we commit.
We are easy to explain with rational logic and we squirm out of sin by
justifying it, while we criticize, condemn, and judge everyone under
the sun, whether they be from the government, our competitors, or our
neighbors and relatives. For this the Lord calls us BLIND.

We are blind because we fail to see our own sins. We need to clean the
inside of our cup before we can clean the outside of our cup. And the
cup contains all our sins and misdeeds that we commit every single
day. The Lord has drunk from this cup and has forgiven our sins, and
so must we transcend ourselves to God's grace and forgive those who
offend us.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Lisa
- Francis Torres
- Shiappee
- Richy Ozoa
- Benjamin Reyes
- Eutiquio Atanacio
- Gertrudes M. Atanacio
… for the speedy recovery and strength of Elyssa
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Med Villanueva
- John Paul Urbina
- Arnold Cabatingan
- Crisanta Anas
- Leo Flores
… for the safety of San Juan de Dios Hospital
… good health: Diomedes C. Mallari
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Raul and Epifania Ylaya
- Luciano Soliven
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: Leo Abot
- In Memoriam (+): Rowena Ocampo Yao
… 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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