Friday, June 18, 2010
SATURDAY 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR II
SATURDAY 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR II
SECOND CHRONICLES 24:17-25
After Jehoiada's death the officials of Judah came to pay court to the
king, and the king listened to their advice, and they abandoned the
Temple of Yahweh, God of their ancestors, for the worship of sacred
poles and idols. Judah and Jerusalem incurred wrath because of this
guilt of theirs. He sent their prophets to lead them back to Yahweh;
these put the case against them, but they would not listen. The spirit
of God then invested Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood up
before the people and said, 'God says this, "Why transgress Yahweh's
commands to your certain ruin? For if you abandon Yahweh, he will
abandon you." They then plotted against him and, at the king's order,
stoned him in the court of the Temple of Yahweh. Thus King Joash,
forgetful of the devotion which Jehoiada father of Zechariah had
displayed on his behalf, murdered his son, who cried out as he died,
'Yahweh will see this and avenge it!' At the turn of the year, the
Aramaean army made war on Joash. When they reached Judah and
Jerusalem, they massacred all the nation's government officials and
sent all their booty to the king of Damascus. Although the invading
Aramaean army was only a small body of men, Yahweh allowed them to
defeat a very large army because they had abandoned Yahweh, God of
their ancestors; thus they executed judgement on Joash. After they had
retired -- for they left him seriously wounded-- his own retainers
plotted against him to avenge the blood of the son of Jehoiada the
priest and murdered him in his bed. When he died he was buried in the
City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.
'No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first
and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the
second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money. 'That is why
I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat,
nor about your body and what you are to wear. Surely life is more than
food, and the body more than clothing! Look at the birds in the sky.
They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father
feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are? Can any of you,
however much you worry, add one single cubit to your span of life? And
why worry about clothing? Think of the flowers growing in the fields;
they never have to work or spin; yet I assure you that not even
Solomon in all his royal robes was clothed like one of these. Now if
that is how God clothes the wild flowers growing in the field which
are there today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, will he not much
more look after you, you who have so little faith? So do not worry; do
not say, "What are we to eat? What are we to drink? What are we to
wear?" It is the gentiles who set their hearts on all these things.
Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. Set your hearts on his
kingdom first, and on God's saving justice, and all these other things
will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow
will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.'
People are fond of ranking the quality and worth of objects, places,
and especially other people: "Top Ten" lists abound listing
individuals in a hierarchy measured against everything from looks, to
influence, to personal wealth — it can seem there are hundreds of
barometers out there, and thousands of people measuring you against
their personal scales of value. Sometimes we're tempted to play the
game as well: maybe we would be better people if we were more
successful, looked whiter, or had a more attractive partner.
While it is seldom wrong to seek self-improvement, we must not confuse
our capacity for improvement as an indication that we are not in
ourselves already priceless and unique. Worry not about the
hierarchies of the world: are we not made in the image of God? Anyone
who uses the earmarks of earthly success as the sole measure of worth
forgets the words of Jesus. Surely life is more than food, and the
body more than clothing! When we see the cross, we should not only
think of our sins, but the fact that despite these, God found us worth
dying for. We have always and we will always top all His lists.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the personal intentions of
- Rita, Don, Paula, Pam, John C, Alva, Tommy & Johnny
- Belardo couple
- Josheil Dapo
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Josephine Nancoo
- Birthday: Suki P. Salazar
- Birthday: Josefa Palanca
- Birthday: Aung San Suu Kyi
- Prayer Intention: Emelinda Teck Yu
… 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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