Friday, February 26, 2010



FEBRUARY 27, 2010

'Yahweh your God commands you today to observe these laws and customs;
you must keep and observe them with all your heart and with all your
soul. 'Today you have obtained this declaration from Yahweh: that he
will be your God, but only if you follow his ways, keep his statutes,
his commandments, his customs, and listen to his voice. And today
Yahweh has obtained this declaration from you: that you will be his
own people -- as he has said -- but only if you keep all his
commandments; then for praise and renown and honour, he will raise you
higher than every other nation he has made, and you will be a people
consecrated to Yahweh, as he has promised.'

MATTHEW 5:43-48
'You have heard how it was said, You will love your neighbour and hate
your enemy. But I say this to you, love your enemies and pray for
those who persecute you; so that you may be children of your Father in
heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on the bad as well as the good,
and sends down rain to fall on the upright and the wicked alike. For
if you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even
the tax collectors do as much? And if you save your greetings for your
brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Do not even the gentiles
do as much? You must therefore be perfect, just as your heavenly
Father is perfect.'

There was a story in LIFE magazine several years ago about a series of
attacks on an Amish community near Pennsylvania. Most Americans see
the Amish as oddities because of the way they live out their faith.
This faith dictates that they dress and speak like their forefathers
did in the 1800s. They refrain from watching TV or using cars. They
keep themselves separate from those unlike them. But when the reporter
asked one Amish farmer what he would do to the arsonist if ever he was
caught, the farmer replied, "I would invite him for dinner, and then
ask him why he did this.

Can we imagine inviting one of our enemies to dinner? Jesus did even
more. He forgave his executioners as they sat at his feet, gambling
for his few possessions. He forgave those who watched him die with

"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." This is the
perfection God asks us to achieve: the simplicity of a friendly act
toward a hostile antagonist; the greatness of heart required to
forgive those intent on our destruction,

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Brenda
- Arnold Cabatingan
- Walter Stamatelaky
- Lydia Pe
- Renan Lacida
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Abraham A.
- Francis Torres
- Luis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jessy
- Jo Marcelo
- Huey
- Juvy Ong
… for the personal intentions of
- Pauline
- Grace
.. Birthday: Susan Ho - Cua
.. Birthday: Marissa Reyes
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Herman Dee
- Wedding Anniversary: Johnson & Veronica Lim Gotamco
- In Memoriam (+): Roberto S. Del Carmen
- In Memoriam (+): Dr. Jun de Villa
… 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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