Sunday, August 15, 2010



AUGUST 16, 2010

EZEKIEL 24:15-24
The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows, 'Son of man, at a
blow I am about to deprive you of the delight of your eyes. But you
are not to lament, not to weep, not to let your tears run down. Groan
in silence, do not go into mourning for the dead, knot your turban
round your head, put your sandals on your feet, do not cover your
beard, do not eat the usual food.' I told this to the people in the
morning, and my wife died in the evening, and the next morning I did
as I had been ordered. The people then said to me, 'Will you not
explain what meaning these actions have for us?' I replied, 'The word
of Yahweh has been addressed to me as follows, "Say to the House of
Israel, the Lord Yahweh says this: I am about to profane my sanctuary,
the pride of your strength, the delight of your eyes, the joy of your
hearts. Your sons and daughters whom you have left behind will fall by
the sword. Then you will do as I have done: you will not cover your
beards or eat the usual food; you will keep your turbans on your heads
and your sandals on your feet; you will not lament or weep but will
waste away for your crimes, groaning among yourselves. Thus Ezekiel is
a sign for you. You will do exactly what he has done. And when this
happens, you will know that I am Lord Yahweh!"

MATTHEW 19:16-22
And now a man came to him and asked, 'Master, what good deed must I do
to possess eternal life?' Jesus said to him, 'Why do you ask me about
what is good? There is one alone who is good. But if you wish to enter
into life, keep the commandments.' He said, 'Which ones?' Jesus
replied, 'These: You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal. You shall not give false witness. Honour your
father and your mother. You shall love your neighbour as yourself.'
The young man said to him, 'I have kept all these. What more do I need
to do?' Jesus said, 'If you wish to be perfect, go and sell your
possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure
in heaven; then come, follow me.' But when the young man heard these
words he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.

The Christian is called to be a prophet. A prophet manifests in his
life a total dedication to his mission. All the prophets in the Old
Testament left everything to deliver God's message. Some even went to
the desert and lived like hermits. Others left their families and
personal comforts and endured persecution as a reward for their work
as prophet. The mark of a true prophet is when he says and does things
contrary to public opinion. He tells people to do the right thing even
when everyone else is doing the opposite.

We need Christians who are true prophets. We need Christians who are
ready to give up everything for the sake of the gospel. We need
Christians who will suffer for justice and put their lives on the line
if needed. Ninoy Aquino did just that. There is also a bit of Ninoy in
us. Sometimes we want to do the right thing, the heroic thing, even
when there are many obstacles. For this we need the Holy Spirit and a
great love for the Lord who himself said, "there is no greater love
than to give up one's life for one's friends.

How much do we love God? How much do we love our fellowmen? When we
die, we will not be judged according to how much money we have, or how
many degrees we have received or how successful we have been, but by
how much we have loved.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ely Lara
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Mon Torres
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Sue and Andy
- Veronica Yap
- Titong V.
- Patrick and Mary Ann
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Anastasia
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: Aurelio Montinola
- Birthday: Norma B. Villegas
- Birthday: Kristene Anne Villanueva
- Birthday: David S. Lim
- Thanksgiving: Annabel & John Braganza
- Wedding Anniversary: Francis & Joanne Agbayani
- Wedding Anniversary: Stewart & Susan Chongson
- In Memoriam (+): Vicente C. Aquino
… 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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