Monday, June 07, 2010



JUNE 8, 2010

But after a while the stream dried up, for the country had had no
rain. And then the word of Yahweh came to him, 'Up and go to Zarephath
in Sidonia, and stay there. I have ordered a widow there to give you
food.' So he went off to Sidon. And when he reached the city gate,
there was a widow gathering sticks. Addressing her he said, 'Please
bring a little water in a pitcher for me to drink.' She was on her way
to fetch it when he called after her. 'Please', he said, 'bring me a
scrap of bread in your hand.' 'As Yahweh your God lives,' she replied,
'I have no baked bread, but only a handful of meal in a jar and a
little oil in a jug; I am just gathering a stick or two to go and
prepare this for myself and my son to eat, and then we shall die.' But
Elijah said to her, 'Do not be afraid, go and do as you have said; but
first make a little scone of it for me and bring it to me, and then
make some for yourself and for your son. For Yahweh, God of Israel,
says this: Jar of meal shall not be spent, jug of oil shall not be
emptied, before the day when Yahweh sends rain on the face of the
earth.' The woman went and did as Elijah told her and they ate the
food, she, himself and her son. The jar of meal was not spent nor the
jug of oil emptied, just as Yahweh had foretold through Elijah.

MATTHEW 5:13-16
'You are salt for the earth. But if salt loses its taste, what can
make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown
out to be trampled under people's feet. 'You are light for the world.
A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to
put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for
everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in
people's sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise
to your Father in heaven.

God is not wishy-washy. He is all powerful. In today's first reading,
we hear that God keeps his word and all that he promised has been
fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is through Jesus Christ that
we address God as we worship together and offer our prayers. Paul
talked about being anointed and sealed by God and having the Spirit in
his heart. It is the same with each one of us through our baptism and
confirmation. God has given each one of us a mighty gift and we are to
use that gift for his praise and glory.

In the Gospel reading, Jesus tells his disciples that they are the
salt of the earth. Salt does many things. It flavors and preserves. To
be one who is the salt of the earth, is to be dependable and
steadfast. If someone cannot be so, then he or she cannot be counted
on for anything.

Jesus needed disciples who would be dependable and who would preserve
his message through their actions and in their spreading of the word
of God. In being dependable, steadfast, true disciples of Jesus, they
would become the light of the world.

It can be a challenge for each one of us to be steady in living out
our Christian commitment. When things go well and we are surrounded
with support, the practice of faith comes easily. But when the burdens
of life seem to press us down, and our crosses weigh heavily upon us,
it is then that we must remain most firm in the Lord. It is then that
we must steadily flavor the world around us with the love of Christ
and be a light of faith that can lead others to the firmness of God's

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery, strength and healing of
- Ely Lara
- Jessy
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Cesar Galang
- Luis Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Mariano Montemayor
- Josheil Dapo
- Andrew
- Mary Wong
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Tan Liong Chiu
- Benedicto V. Venturina
- Maxima Lugsanay
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: Leticia Timbol
- Birthday: Victorino de los Angeles
- In Memoriam (+): Normando C. Sta Ana
… 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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