Wednesday, March 03, 2010
THURSDAY 2ND WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
THURSDAY 2ND WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
Yahweh says this, 'Accursed be anyone who trusts in human beings, who
relies on human strength and whose heart turns from Yahweh. Such a
person is like scrub in the wastelands: when good comes, it does not
affect him since he lives in the parched places of the desert,
uninhabited, salt land. 'Blessed is anyone who trusts in Yahweh, with
Yahweh to rely on. Such a person is like a tree by the waterside that
thrusts its roots to the stream: when the heat comes it has nothing to
fear, its foliage stays green; untroubled in a year of drought, it
never stops bearing fruit. 'The heart is more devious than any other
thing, and is depraved; who can pierce its secrets? I, Yahweh, search
the heart, test the motives, to give each person what his conduct and
his actions deserve.
'There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and
feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there used to lie a
poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill
himself with what fell from the rich man's table. Even dogs came and
licked his sores. Now it happened that the poor man died and was
carried away by the angels into Abraham's embrace. The rich man also
died and was buried. 'In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw
Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his embrace. So he cried out,
"Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger
in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames."
Abraham said, "My son, remember that during your life you had your
fill of good things, just as Lazarus his fill of bad. Now he is being
comforted here while you are in agony. But that is not all: between us
and you a great gulf has been fixed, to prevent those who want to
cross from our side to yours or from your side to ours." 'So he said,
"Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father's house, since I
have five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to
this place of torment too." Abraham said, "They have Moses and the
prophets, let them listen to them." The rich man replied, "Ah no,
father Abraham, but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will
repent." Then Abraham said to him, "If they will not listen either to
Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone
should rise from the dead."
Will it take some dire tragedy or inconceivable crisis to make us
realize that we need to reform our lives? If we've been enjoying
creature comforts, have we been failing to notice those who are
surviving in less fortunate situations? Perhaps, we've been distracted
by the new gadgets within our grasp from the miserable state that our
poor brothers and sisters find themselves in. Perhaps, we've become
apathetic to the good we need to do.
Perhaps, we've treated with indifference those who are hungry while we
get our fill to the point of being gluttonous. Maybe we need to listen
more attentively to what God is trying to tell us.
While we still have the chance, there's no harm in not only donating
funds for a good cause, but more importantly, offering our time and
presence as well. Only then can we see how those stricken with
poverty, really do suffer. Only then can we fully embrace the
responsibility, to do our par t in making a difference.
May we always stay attentive to the desperation our impoverished
fellow countrymen. With God's guidance, let us pray for the strength
and fortitude to do the good we are capable of doing.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Juvy Ong
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jo Marcelo
- Renan Lacida
- Davis Danao
… for the personal intentions of
- Minette and Edu
- Mariano M.
- Josheil Dapo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Walter Stamatelaky
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: Carl Angelo P. Revilla
- Birthday: Kara Ong
- Birthday: Santino Cordon
- Birthday: Leticia T. Sala
- Birthday: Arturo M. Marin
- Wedding Anniversary: Tomo & Corky Bate
- Birthday: Benito S. Cua (Nov 5, 1935 - Mar 4, 2003)+
- In Memoriam (+): Samson Chua
… 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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