Tuesday, August 24, 2010



AUGUST 25, 2010

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we urge you, brothers, to keep
away from any of the brothers who lives an undisciplined life, not in
accordance with the tradition you received from us. You know how you
should take us as your model: we were not undisciplined when we were
with you, nor did we ever accept food from anyone without paying for
it; no, we worked with unsparing energy, night and day, so as not to
be a burden on any of you. This was not because we had no right to be,
but in order to make ourselves a model for you to imitate. We urged
you when we were with you not to let anyone eat who refused to work.
May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every
way. The Lord be with you all. This greeting is in my own hand-PAUL.
It is the mark of genuineness in every letter; this is my own writing.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

MATTHEW 23:27-32
'Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like
whitewashed tombs that look handsome on the outside, but inside are
full of the bones of the dead and every kind of corruption. In just
the same way, from the outside you look upright, but inside you are
full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 'Alas for you, scribes and
Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build the sepulchres of the prophets
and decorate the tombs of the upright, saying, "We would never have
joined in shedding the blood of the prophets, had we lived in our
ancestors' day." So! Your own evidence tells against you! You are the
children of those who murdered the prophets! Very well then, finish
off the work that your ancestors began.

Whenever we encounter the word `hypocrite' we often are challenged to
examine ourselves, mainly because we do not want to be hypocrites. We
are concerned about our external image, about what others will say of
us, about our skeletons in our closets. We tend to hide the dark side
of our lives, we sweep our dirt under the rug. Christ calls us to be
REAL loving and caring persons, not in a mediocre way but in an
uncompromising real way – HIS WAY. Are we willing to strip off our
hypocrisy, be sincere in our hearts, and love as he loves?

Lord, teach our hearts to become like yours that we may love the way
you love.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Virginia Buena Barcelon
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres, Francis Torres, Luis Torres
- See Yung Hui
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Titong V.
- Mark Mallett, Fr. Daniel Dubroy, Alexander Chung
- Vince and Cecile
- Patrick and Mary Ann
- J.E.S.
- Josheil Dapo
- Jazmine and Brenda
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Avelina Sesaldo, William Guanzon, Asilda Guanzon
- Raul, Epifania, Leoncio, Josefina, Lumeng, Juan Sr.
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: Leo Abot
- In Memoriam (+): Rowena Ocampo Yao
… 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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