Thursday, June 17, 2010
FRIDAY 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
FRIDAY 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SECOND KINGS 11:1-4, 9-18, 20
When Athaliah mother of Ahaziah learned that her son was dead, she
promptly murdered all those of royal stock. But Jehosheba, daughter of
King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, surreptitiously rescued Jehoash
son of Ahaziah from among the princes who were to be murdered, and put
him with his nurse in the sleeping quarters; in this way she hid him
from Athaliah, and he was not killed. He stayed, hidden with her in
the Temple of Yahweh for six years, while Athaliah governed the
country. In the seventh year, Jehoiada sent for the regimental
commanders of the Carians and the guards, and had them brought to him
in the Temple of Yahweh. He made a pact with them, put them on oath,
then showed them the king's son. He gave them this order. The
regimental commanders did everything as Jehoiada the priest had
ordered, and each one brought his men, those coming on duty on the
Sabbath and those going off duty on the Sabbath, and reported to
Jehoiada the priest. The priest then issued the regimental commanders
with King David's spears and shields, which were kept in the Temple of
Yahweh. The guards then took position, each man with his weapons in
his hand, from the south corner of the Temple to the north corner of
the Temple, all round the altar and the Temple. Then Jehoiada brought
the king's son out -- crowned him and gave him a copy of the covenant;
and they made him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands
and shouted, 'Long live the king!' On hearing the people shouting,
Athaliah joined the people in the Temple of Yahweh. When she looked,
there stood the king on a dais, as the custom was, with the officers
and trumpeters at the king's side, and all the people of the country
rejoicing and blowing the trumpets; then Athaliah tore her clothes and
shouted, 'Treason, treason!' Jehoiada the priest then gave the orders
to the commanders in charge of the troops, 'Take her out under guard
and put to death anyone who follows her.' 'For', the priest had
already said, 'she must not be killed inside the Temple of Yahweh.'
They seized her, and when she reached the horses' entry to the palace,
she was killed there. Jehoiada made a covenant between Yahweh, the
king and the people that they would remain Yahweh's people; and
another one between the king and the people. All the people of the
country then went to the temple of Baal and demolished it; they
smashed its altars and its images and killed Mattan the priest of Baal
in front of the altars. The priest made arrangements for the security
of the Temple of Yahweh. All the people of the country were delighted;
the city, however, made no move. And Athaliah was put to death inside
'Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moth and
woodworm destroy them and thieves can break in and steal. But store up
treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor woodworm
destroys them and thieves cannot break in and steal. For wherever your
treasure is, there will your heart be too. 'The lamp of the body is
the eye. It follows that if your eye is clear, your whole body will be
filled with light. But if your eye is diseased, your whole body will
be darkness. If then, the light inside you is darkened, what darkness
that will be!
We must all admit that today's world is very much characterized as a
materialistic world. It is a world that promotes the satisfaction of
senses, a life of luxury and the so called "good life" — a life of
make believe and of toys for the big boys, and the big league of
power. It is a world of twisted values that must be restored right
side up through Jesus Christ. Inasmuch as we prefer the "easy way" to
"our idea of what heaven is," we are warned that the road to perdition
is wide and easy. Thus we are blinded by our own desires and our
dependence on what does not last.
It is a temporal world that we live in and we must live it in such a
way that would prepare us for eternity, that real longing for what is
true and eternal. We must work on that perfection of love in us with
faith and hope.
Have we considered how we are living our lives today? Let us think
about it and start living to the fullest as Jesus has shown us.
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
- Titong V.
- Rita, Don, Paula, Pam, John C, Alva, Tommy & Johnny
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Paula Wong Kaw Boon
- Wedding Anniversary: Jesus & Monina Lucas
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilbert Lim & Gina Lim
- Wedding Anniversary: Lawrence & Ma. Valentine Chongson Yang
- In Memoriam (+): Tony Ng Chu Chee (Nov 1, 1919-Jun 18, 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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