Monday, March 08, 2010



MARCH 9, 2010

DANIEL 3:25, 34-43
Azariah stood in the heart of the fire, praying aloud thus: Do not
abandon us for ever, for the sake of your name; do not repudiate your
covenant, do not withdraw your favour from us, for the sake of
Abraham, your friend, of Isaac, your servant, and of Israel, your holy
one, to whom you promised to make their descendants as many as the
stars of heaven and as the grains of sand on the seashore. Lord, we
have become the least of all nations, we are put to shame today
throughout the world, because of our sins. We now have no leader, no
prophet, no prince, no burnt offering, no sacrifice, no oblation, no
incense, no place where we can make offerings to you and win your
favour. But may the contrite soul, the humbled spirit, be as
acceptable to you as burnt offerings of rams and bullocks, as
thousands of fat lambs: such let our sacrifice be to you today, and
may it please you that we follow you whole-heartedly, since those who
trust in you will not be shamed. And now we put our whole heart into
following you, into fearing you and seeking your face once more. Do
not abandon us to shame but treat us in accordance with your
gentleness, in accordance with the greatness of your mercy. Rescue us
in accordance with your wonderful deeds and win fresh glory for your
name, O Lord.

MATTHEW 18:21-35
Then Peter went up to him and said, 'Lord, how often must I forgive my
brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?' Jesus answered,
'Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times. 'And so the kingdom
of Heaven may be compared to a king who decided to settle his accounts
with his servants. When the reckoning began, they brought him a man
who owed ten thousand talents; he had no means of paying, so his
master gave orders that he should be sold, together with his wife and
children and all his possessions, to meet the debt. At this, the
servant threw himself down at his master's feet, with the words, "Be
patient with me and I will pay the whole sum." And the servant's
master felt so sorry for him that he let him go and cancelled the
debt. Now as this servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow-
servant who owed him one hundred denarii; and he seized him by the
throat and began to throttle him, saying, "Pay what you owe me." His
fellow-servant fell at his feet and appealed to him, saying, "Be
patient with me and I will pay you." But the other would not agree; on
the contrary, he had him thrown into prison till he should pay the
debt. His fellow-servants were deeply distressed when they saw what
had happened, and they went to their master and reported the whole
affair to him. Then the master sent for the man and said to him, "You
wicked servant, I cancelled all that debt of yours when you appealed
to me. Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow-servant
just as I had pity on you?" And in his anger the master handed him
over to the torturers till he should pay all his debt. And that is how
my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your
brother from your heart.'

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was passing through the crowds at
St. Peter's Square, when suddenly gunshots rang out. The 264th pontiff
was shot by a Turkish gunman named Mehmet Ali Agca. Only after months
of complications and recovery could the Holy Father continue his
ordinary routine. Two years later, Pope John Paul II visited Ali Agca
in prison and spoke with him for 20 minutes. After their conversation
the Holy Father said, "I spoke to him as a brother whom I have
pardoned and who has my complete trust." John Paul II knew how to
forgive from the heart.

If there is someone in your life who has sinned against you, you are
called to forgive him from your heart and show them that they have
your forgiveness. It is not easy but with God's grace you can do it.
Only then will you experience God's peace in your own heart. If we
humbly ask forgiveness of Christ the King, he will show great
compassion. His forgiveness is not the calculated forgiveness that
Peter speaks of, seven times, but rather the compassion found in the
heart of God, seventy times seven times, that is times without limit.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ely Lara
- Rita Cuerva
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jessy
- Jo Marcelo
- Huey
… for the personal intentions of Angeli M
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Amie Cerrero
- Birthday: Catherine A. Villanueva
- Birthday: Msgr. Sabino A. Vengco, Jr.
- Birthday: Grace Ganzon
… 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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