Wednesday, June 09, 2010



JUNE 10, 2010

FIRST KINGS 18:41-46
Elijah said to Ahab, 'Go back now, eat and drink; for I hear the
approaching sound of rain.' While Ahab went back to eat and drink,
Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel and bowed down to the ground,
putting his face between his knees. 'Now go up', he told his servant,
'and look out to sea.' He went up and looked. 'There is nothing at
all,' he said. Seven times Elijah told him to go back. The seventh
time, the servant said, 'Now there is a cloud, small as a man's hand,
rising from the sea.' Elijah said, 'Go and say to Ahab, "Harness the
chariot and go down before the rain stops you." ' And with that the
sky grew dark with cloud and storm, and rain fell in torrents. Ahab
mounted his chariot and made for Jezreel. But the hand of Yahweh had
come on Elijah and, hitching up his clothes, he ran ahead of Ahab all
the way to Jezreel.

MATTHEW 5:20-26
'For I tell you, if your uprightness does not surpass that of the
scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of Heaven.
'You have heard how it was said to our ancestors, You shall not kill;
and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court. But I
say this to you, anyone who is angry with a brother will answer for it
before the court; anyone who calls a brother "Fool" will answer for it
before the Sanhedrin; and anyone who calls him "Traitor" will answer
for it in hell fire. So then, if you are bringing your offering to the
altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,
leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with
your brother first, and then come back and present your offering. Come
to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the
way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and
the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison. In truth
I tell you, you will not get out till you have paid the last penny.

Anger, at its very core, desires control. When things don't work out
as we wish, we lash out. When something is out of place, we grudgingly
bring it to the attention of the one in charge. When something just
ticks us off, we don't care who gets hurt as long as everyone knows
that we're the one in the right.

But, Jesus instructs us to be careful and to diligently watch
ourselves. Our blood pressure shoots up, our nerves are rattled, and
it'll take some time for us to calm down. Then, there'll be regrets
because we unintentionally raised a threatening hand to slap, or even
more execrable, hurtful words were expressed that can never be taken

Don't let our lividness get the best of us. Through prayer and
meditation, we can become more aware of our fragile emotional state
and also how vulnerable other people feel about their sense of self-
worth. Let's continue to pray for patience and a calm, collected
disposition. It's always good to knock on a door rather than break it

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery, strength and healing of
- Arian Yu
- Alfonso Purugganan & Arnold Cabatingan
… for the personal intentions of
- Maricar
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Maxima Lugsanay. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Dina Magbitang
- Birthday: Fortunato M. Gupit
… 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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