Tuesday, June 15, 2010
WEDNESDAY 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR
WEDNESDAY 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SECOND KINGS 2:1, 6-14
This is what happened when Yahweh took Elijah up to heaven in the
whirlwind: Elijah and Elisha set out from Gilgal. Elijah said,
'Elisha, you stay here, Yahweh is only sending me to the Jordan.' But
he replied, 'As Yahweh lives and as you yourself live, I will not
leave you!' And they went on together. Fifty of the brotherhood of
prophets followed them, halting some distance away as the two of them
stood beside the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and
struck the water; and the water divided to left and right, and the two
of them crossed over dry-shod. When they had crossed, Elijah said to
Elisha, 'Make your request. What can I do for you before I am snatched
away from you?' Elisha answered, 'Let me inherit a double share of
your spirit.' 'Your request is difficult,' Elijah said. 'If you see me
while I am being snatched away from you, it will be as you ask; if
not, it will not be so.' Now as they walked on, talking as they went,
a chariot of fire appeared and horses of fire coming between the two
of them; and Elijah went up to heaven in the whirlwind. Elisha saw it,
and shouted, 'My father! My father! Chariot of Israel and its
chargers!' Then he lost sight of him, and taking hold of his own
clothes he tore them in half. He picked up Elijah's cloak which had
fallen, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took
Elijah's cloak and struck the water. 'Where is Yahweh, the God of
Elijah?' he cried. As he struck the water it divided to right and
left, and Elisha crossed over.
MATTHEW 6:1-6, 16-18
'Be careful not to parade your uprightness in public to attract
attention; otherwise you will lose all reward from your Father in
heaven. So when you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you;
this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to
win human admiration. In truth I tell you, they have had their reward.
But when you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right
is doing; your almsgiving must be secret, and your Father who sees all
that is done in secret will reward you. 'And when you pray, do not
imitate the hypocrites: they love to say their prayers standing up in
the synagogues and at the street corners for people to see them. In
truth I tell you, they have had their reward. But when you pray, go to
your private room, shut yourself in, and so pray to your Father who is
in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in
secret will reward you. 'When you are fasting, do not put on a gloomy
look as the hypocrites do: they go about looking unsightly to let
people know they are fasting. In truth I tell you, they have had their
reward. But when you fast, put scent on your head and wash your face,
so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees
all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that is done
in secret will reward you.
The Gospel is as plain as can be. We needn't feature ourselves
devoutly going to daily Mass and praying long hours, advertise our
donations to this and that charity, talk about our good deeds to
attract everyone's attention. The key word is secret, with only the
Father knowing what nice things we do. Anonymous donations are best
and so is praying in the privacy of our rooms, with only our children
learning the good example of their parents' devotion.
It is quite a tempting thing to be praised for our prayer and charity.
But we should constantly check ourselves if what we do is for God or
for ourselves. If we pass this test, we needn't ever worry how far
beyond the thin line between documentation and outright display of our
goodness we have done.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Jilbert Perez
… for the personal intentions of
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Cesar Galang
- Josheil Dapo
- Titong V.
… for the guidance and enlightenment of R
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Catherine E. Rivera
- Birthday: Sr. Lutgarda Raagas RVM
- Birthday: Julita Benedicto
- Wedding Anniversary: James & Josie Tan Gotamco
- Wedding Anniversary: Jeannette & Atty. Biddy Tan
- Wedding Anniversary: Cresencio & Celia C. Jao
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilfredo & Aurah Silvano
- In Memoriam (+): Lim Yu Leng Tiu (1907-1994)+
- In Memoriam (+): Carmencita Ty Chua+
- In Memoriam (+): John Jerric Tan Sy
… 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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