Thursday, June 03, 2010
THURSDAY 9TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
MEMORIAL, STS. CHARLES LWANGA AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS
THURSDAY 9TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
SECOND TIMOTHY 2:8-15
Remember the gospel that I carry, 'Jesus Christ risen from the dead,
sprung from the race of David'; it is on account of this that I have
to put up with suffering, even to being chained like a criminal. But
God's message cannot be chained up. So I persevere for the sake of
those who are chosen, so that they, too, may obtain the salvation that
is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. Here is a saying that you can
rely on: If we have died with him, then we shall live with him. If we
persevere, then we shall reign with him. If we disown him, then he
will disown us. If we are faithless, he is faithful still, for he
cannot disown his own self. Remind them of this; and tell them in the
name of God that there must be no wrangling about words: all that this
ever achieves is the destruction of those who are listening. Make
every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who has
no need to be ashamed, but who keeps the message of truth on a
One of the scribes who had listened to them debating appreciated that
Jesus had given a good answer and put a further question to him,
'Which is the first of all the commandments?' Jesus replied, 'This is
the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one, only Lord, and
you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your
soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is
this: You must love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment
greater than these.' The scribe said to him, 'Well spoken, Master;
what you have said is true, that he is one and there is no other. To
love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and
strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, this is far more
important than any burnt offering or sacrifice.' Jesus, seeing how
wisely he had spoken, said, 'You are not far from the kingdom of God.'
And after that no one dared to question him any more.
When we love with our all, we pretty much dedicate ourselves to the
object of our affection. Fr. Arrupe, S.J., wrote about love dictating
what determines the events of our day. In effect, it will decide
everything, it will indeed change everything.
Loving God with our entirety takes everything obviously. In television
dramas, the protagonist who loves passionately seems to go through
endless challenges to defend that love. There's a never-ending
upheaval of emotions and we're wondering with bated breath if there'll
be a happy ending nevertheless. Is it worth it to endure such pain and
sorrow in order to fight for the one you love? We may get hooked in
anxious anticipation of what unfolds, but we always hope that
everything works out somehow.
At the heart of it, love demands everything. As long as our focus
remains on the omnipotence, grandeur, and awesome majesty of our
Creator, it is doubtful we'll ever be shortchanged in this regard.
With this offering of love comes our purpose. We know that when all
has passed from this earth, we will truly be united with the One we
love so much.
Yes, love at times may tear us apart and wrench our hearts into
different configurations. But, the emotions of passion, dedication,
triumph, sadness, joy, are the spirited movements of a loving persona.
It may seem illogical to the world. It can only be logical that we
give ourselves fully to God who loves us completely without question.'
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery, strength and healing of
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Alfonso Purugganan & Arnold Cabatingan
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Veronica Yap
- Mariano Montemayor
- Titong V.
… for good health: Jilbert Perez
… In Memoriam: Asilda Guanzon
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Gee Gee Rodrigo
- Birthday: Carmen Fabella Mueller
- Birthday: Corazon R. Salazar
- Wedding Anniversary: Joey & Mary Rose Macapagal
- In Memoriam (+): Ramona Chua Hwan (Nov 2, 1955-Jun 3, 2005)+
… for world peace and reconciliation.
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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