Wednesday, September 09, 2009



SEPTEMBER 10, 2009

Brothers and sisters: Put on, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a
grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you
also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of
perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace
into which you were also called in one Body. And be thankful. Let the
word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and
admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with
gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in
deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to
God the Father through him.

LUKE 6:27-38
Jesus said to his disciples: "To you who hear I say, love your
enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one
cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your
cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of
you, and from the one who takes what is yours, do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those
who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who
love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit
is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those
from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even
sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount. But rather,
love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing
back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the
Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be
merciful, just as also your Father is merciful. "Stop judging and you
will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be
poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in
return be measured out to you."

In today's readings from St. Paul and in the Gospel, we see that the
ethical teachings of Jesus expand on the Old Testament ideas of
righteousness. Not only does Jesus see our relationship to our
neighbor as a measuring rod by which our relationship to God is
measured, but also raises that measuring rod to incorporate
sacrificial, risk-taking love. Jesus has made the Cross, and its
significance for our lives, an integral part of the foundation of our
ethical mandate.

At its heart, the Cross speaks of love that sacrifices, as well as
love that is willing to risk comfort for the sake of the Kingdom. So,
Jesus talks about blessing the neighbor who would curse you. Jesus
speaks about letting go of the idea of taking revenge or getting even
with the one who has hurt you. Jesus speaks of generosity that
actually amounts to giving things away, without looking for anything
in return.

Jesus challenges us to try to imitate our heavenly Father and gives us
his own life as an example. In Jesus, we have a love that risked and
sacrificed all.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Shiappee
- Richy Ozoa
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Lisa
- Inday Tan
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
… for the safety of San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Wallace Chamsay
- Birthday: Mario Ponce De Leon
- Birthday: Katherine Jane Dee
- Birthday: Aidan William de Villa Choi
- Birthday: Andoy Sim
- Thanksgiving: Alfredo & Nelia Camay
… 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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