Wednesday, June 16, 2010



JUNE 17, 2010

SIRACH 48:1-14
Then the prophet Elijah arose like a fire, his word flaring like a
torch. It was he who brought famine on them and decimated them in his
zeal. By the word of the Lord he shut up the heavens, three times also
he brought down fire. How glorious you were in your miracles, Elijah!
Has anyone reason to boast as you have? - rousing a corpse from death,
from Sheol, by the word of the Most High; dragging kings down to
destruction, and high dignitaries from their beds; hearing a rebuke on
Sinai and decrees of punishment on Horeb; anointing kings as avengers,
and prophets to succeed you; taken up in the whirlwind of fire, in a
chariot with fiery horses; designated in the prophecies of doom to
allay God's wrath before the fury breaks, to turn the hearts of
fathers towards their children, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.
Blessed, those who will see you, and those who have fallen asleep in
love; for we too shall certainly have life. Such was Elijah, who was
enveloped in a whirlwind; and Elisha was filled with his spirit;
throughout his life no ruler could shake him, and no one could subdue
him. No task was too hard for him, and even in death his body
prophesied. In his lifetime he performed wonders, and in death his
works were marvelous.

MATTHEW 6:7-15
'In your prayers do not babble as the gentiles do, for they think that
by using many words they will make themselves heard. Do not be like
them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So you
should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be held
holy, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we have
forgiven those who are in debt to us. And do not put us to the test,
but save us from the Evil One. 'Yes, if you forgive others their
failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours; but if you do
not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.

Jesus in this classic prayer teaching summarizes how it is when we
approach our own fathers. If we were to update this in some sense, it
may go something like this:

Father up above, whom we adore so much because we continue to respect
and honor your name. We pray that your Will be practiced here among us
and that your Kingdom may be established in our presence.

We ask for sustenance to face each day. And if we've caused you any
harm or pain, please do not turn us away. Hopefully, we may learn to
be as patient as you with regard to our fellow human beings and their

Please guide us in facing challenges to our faith and loyalty. And
please protect us from all temptations that may take us away from your

Of course, the prayer Jesus taught us can't be substituted with this
interpretation. Although, it can in someway give us another insight in
dealing with fathers in general. We should continue to respect their
decisions because they only have our best interests at heart.

It can be quite challenging to be a dad, but they continue to do their
best just the same. They determine the direction of the family and
they only want to protect us from the big, bad world. May we love Our
Father and all fathers. May we continually pray to be the good
children they wish us to be.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Jilbert Perez
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Titong V.
- Maricar
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Thanksgiving: Elsa & Paolo
- Prayer Intention: Dante & Mariza Ceñido
- In Memoriam (+): Marica Catherine Suyosa
… 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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