Sunday, June 27, 2010
MONDAY 13TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, ST. IRENAEUS, BISHOP AND MARTYR
MONDAY 13TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
AMOS 2:6-10, 13-16
Yahweh says this: For the three crimes, the four crimes of Israel, I
have made my decree and will not relent: because they have sold the
upright for silver and the poor for a pair of sandals, because they
have crushed the heads of the weak into the dust and thrust the rights
of the oppressed to one side, father and son sleeping with the same
girl and thus profaning my holy name, lying down beside every altar on
clothes acquired as pledges, and drinking the wine of the people they
have fined in the house of their god. Yet it was I who destroyed the
Amorite before them, he who was as tall as the cedars, as strong as
the oaks; I who destroyed his fruit above ground and his roots below.
It was I who brought you up from Egypt and for forty years led you
through the desert to take possession of the Amorite's country. Very
well! Like a cart overloaded with sheaves I shall crush you where you
stand; flight will be cut off for the swift, the strong will have no
chance to exert his strength nor the warrior be able to save his life;
the archer will not stand his ground, the swift of foot will not
escape, nor will the horseman save his life; even the bravest of
warriors will jettison his arms and run away, that day! -declares
When Jesus saw the crowd all about him he gave orders to leave for the
other side. One of the scribes then came up and said to him, 'Master,
I will follow you wherever you go.' Jesus said, 'Foxes have holes and
the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay
his head.' Another man, one of the disciples, said to him, 'Lord, let
me go and bury my father first.' But Jesus said, 'Follow me, and leave
the dead to bury their dead.'
St. Irenaeus was a great theological writer of the 2nd century. He
said that man finds the actualization of life when he sees God. To see
God, according to him, is to enjoy his goodness. Therefore, our goal
in life must be to see God if we want to be fulfilled. St. Irenaeus
further said that it is the desire of God to manifest himself to men.
So what are we waiting for? Let us seek God fervently through the
Scriptures, through prayer, through fellowship with other Christians
and by doing good to our neighbor since God dwells in them. Let us
contemplate the goodness of God in the small victories we have – when
we forgive somebody, when we are a bit generous to the poor, or when
we proclaim our faith to those who are spiritually dead
God invites us to be his disciples. The gospel describes exactly what
to expect if we want to follow Jesus – daily sufferings and
renunciation of family ties. As we progress in the spiritual life, we
realize that we must give up comforts, enter into precarious
situations and suffer privations for love of God. We are also invited
to love God more than our parents, relatives, etc. because God always
comes first. When we become adult, we realize that God should be the
center of our lives or else all our relationships become corrupted.
Are you ready to give up everything in order to find the one great
pearl – Jesus Christ?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jilbert Perez
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
… for the personal intentions of
- Titong V.
- Atrero family
- Patrick and Mary Ann
- Nikolai Cortez
- Aydin Cortez
- Karl Cortez
- Maureen Cortez
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Lutgarda Sison Cortez. Eternal
rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she
and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Lucianne Cham
- In Memoriam (+): Peter Lim Sr. (1903-1993)+
… 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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