Thursday, June 24, 2010



JUNE 25, 2010

In the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day
of the month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon advanced on Jerusalem
with his entire army; he pitched camp in front of the city and threw
up earthworks round it. The city lay under siege till the eleventh
year of King Zedekiah. In the fourth month, on the ninth day of the
month, when famine was raging in the city and there was no food for
the populace, a breach was made in the city wall. The king then made
his escape under cover of dark, with all the fighting men, by way of
the gate between the two walls, which is near the king's garden -- the
Chaldaeans had surrounded the city -- and made his way towards the
Arabah. The Chaldaean troops pursued the king and caught up with him
in the Plains of Jericho, where all his troops deserted. The
Chaldaeans captured the king and took him to the king of Babylon at
Riblah, who passed sentence on him. He had Zedekiah's sons slaughtered
before his eyes, then put out Zedekiah's eyes and, loading him with
chains, carried him off to Babylon. In the fifth month, on the seventh
day of the month -- it was in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar
king of Babylon -- Nebuzaradan commander of the guard, a member of the
king of Babylon's staff, entered Jerusalem. He burned down the Temple
of Yahweh, the royal palace and all the houses in Jerusalem. The
Chaldaean troops who accompanied the commander of the guard demolished
the walls surrounding Jerusalem. Nebuzaradan commander of the guard
deported the remainder of the population left in the city, the
deserters who had gone over to the king of Babylon, and the rest of
the common people. But the commander of the guard left some of the
poor country people behind as vineyard workers and ploughmen.

After he had come down from the mountain large crowds followed him.
Suddenly a man with a virulent skin-disease came up and bowed low in
front of him, saying, 'Lord, if you are willing, you can cleanse me.'
Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him saying, 'I am willing. Be
cleansed.' And his skin-disease was cleansed at once. Then Jesus said
to him, 'Mind you tell no one, but go and show yourself to the priest
and make the offering prescribed by Moses, as evidence to them.'

It is natural for people who are sick to seek a cure for their
sickness. Others in their desperation would even go all out and travel
even to the ends of the earth to seek the remedy that would restore
them back to proper health. If not, to extend their life. So strong is
that desire in us for life, the quality of life.

God so desires that fullness of life for us and He so declares that He
has come so that we may have life, life to the full. Yet the way we
live our lives is contrary to living a life to the full as intended
for us by God, which accounts for our uncleanness. Even if we are
physically healed, and we expressly praise and thank God for it, there
still remains an inner healing that needs to be addressed and which is
more urgent.

Unless we live the life of Christian virtues just as Jesus had
instructed and shown, we wouldn't be declared as clean and healed
because by our own choice we have betrayed our deepest desire to live.

By our own actions and the way we live, do we acknowledge that Jesus
is the secret messiah who had come to bring us salvation?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Angela, Sheldon, Henrietta, Jesus, Norma
- Myrna
- Jilbert Perez
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
… for the personal intentions of
- Med Villanueva
- Atrero family
- Patrick Chukwudi
- J.E.S.
- Josheil Dapo
- Maricar
- Titong V.
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Josefa Villanueva
- Asilda Guanzon
- William Guanzon
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Alois Mueller
- Wedding Anniversary: Eric & Eunice Roxas
- In Memoriam (+): Marcelino S. Bejarin, Sr.
- In Memoriam (+): Wellington C. Chan
… 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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