Sunday, February 28, 2010
MONDAY 2ND WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
MONDAY 2ND WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
I pleaded with Yahweh my God and made this confession: 'O my Lord, God
great and to be feared, you keep the covenant and show faithful love
towards those who love you and who observe your commandments: we have
sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly, we have betrayed
your commandments and rulings and turned away from them. We have not
listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our
kings, our chief men, our ancestors and all people of the country.
Saving justice, Lord, is yours; we have only the look of shame we wear
today, we, the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the
whole of Israel, near and far away, in every country to which you have
dispersed us because of the treachery we have committed against you.
To us, our kings, our chief men and our ancestors, belongs the look of
shame, O Yahweh, since we have sinned against you. And it is for the
Lord our God to have mercy and to pardon, since we have betrayed him,
and have not listened to the voice of Yahweh our God nor followed the
laws he has given us through his servants the prophets.
'Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge,
and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be
condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and there will be
gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and
overflowing, will be poured into your lap; because the standard you
use will be the standard used for you.'
The prophet Daniel did a beautiful prayer of supplication. The first
reading expressed the situation of sin – wickedness, betrayal,
disobedience, shame. In the gospel Christ spoke about forgiveness, to
stop judging and condemning. It is in the land of sin that we meet the
infinite mercy of God. The consequence of sin is serious. It brings
unhappiness, division, misery, to enter into the life of the Prodigal
son when he left his father's house. After living a life of debauchery
he experienced he found himself empty and hungry. He was even willing
to eat the food of the hogs. It was then that he remembered his father
and started on a journey home.
Christ did not judge and condemn us in our sins but forgave us and
showed us the extent of His love. The Father showed us in Christ what
kind of love He has for us, it is a love for the unlovable, a love for
the sinner. What touches the heart of the Father? It is not the self-
righteous but the repentant sinner. He is the one that seeks out the
Lost Sheep, the Father who waits patiently for the return of the son.
Upon the return of the son, the Father runs to meet him, dressed him
in fine robes and put on him the ring of sonship. Have we ever
experienced this? If we have then this will make us more
compassionate, forgiving and judge less the other. This is how the
world will know about the existence of such kind of love
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Lydia Pe
- Renan Lacida
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Abraham A.
- Francis Torres
- Luis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jo Marcelo
- Juvy Ong
… for the personal intentions of Grace
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Marissa Ducut
- Birthday: Alexander Samareta Balboa
- In Memoriam (+): Mario J. Sevilla
… 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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