Monday, February 28, 2011



MARCH 1, 2011

Sir 35:1-12 / Ps 50:5-6, 7-8, 14, 23 / Mk 10:28-31

SIRACH 35:1-12
Keeping the Law is worth many offerings. Being faithful to the
commandments is like a peace offering. Returning kindness is an
offering of fine flour; giving alms is a sacrifice of praise.
Renouncing sin pleases the Lord, and shunning injustice is a sacrifice
of atonement. Do not appear before the Lord with empty hands. The
commandment requires that you bring an offering. When the offering of
the righteous is burned on the altar, the fat drips down and a
fragrant aroma rises to the Most High. The sacrifice of the just man
pleases God and will not be for gotten. Honor the Lord with a generous
heart and do not be stingy with the first fruits of your harvest.
Offer your gifts with a smiling face and when you pay your tithes do
it gladly. Give to the Most High as he has given to you; give
generously to the Lord according to what you have; the Lord will
repay, he will reward you seven fold. If you attempt to bribe him with
gifts he will not accept them; do not rely on offerings from dishonest
gain. The Lord is judge and shows no partiality.

MARK 10:28-31
Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, "We have given up every thing to
follow you." Jesus answered, "Truly, there is no one who has lef t
house or brothers or sisters, or father or mother, or children, or
lands for my sake and for the Gospel, who will not receive his reward.
I say to you: even in the midst of persecution he will receive a
hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children,
and lands in the present time and in the world to come eternal life.
Do pay attention: Many who now are first will be last, and the last,

Earlier Jesus amazed his disciples when he told them how very
difficult it is for a man with money to enter the kingdom of heaven.
At that time, people considered prosperity as the sign of a good man
that God must have blessed. So if it was difficult for a rich man to
enter the kingdom of God, who could?

Jesus declared positively that without God, it is utterly impossible
to be saved, but with God, everything is possible. Meanwhile, Peter's
mind must have been working over time. They were following Jesus
through thick and thin, giving up whatever they had for love of and
belief in Christ. Peter, who was always forthright, blurted out, "What
about us?"

Jesus assured Peter that anyone who gave up things for love of Christ
would receive back a hundred times over what was sacrificed. And this
reward would be his on earth and for all eternity. Furthermore, those
considered greatest on earth may be the least important in heaven.
Conversely, those considered the least shall be the greatest there.

Take heed therefore, those who enrich themselves at the expense of
their fellowmen, life is short, and at death, as the saying goes, "You
can't take your riches with you!"

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Nel de Leon
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
… for the personal intentions of Margarite Ponce de Leon
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Jeffrey N. Sarmiento
- Birthday: Marissa Ducut
- Birthday: Recto C. Velez
- In Memoriam (+): Mario J. Sevilla
… 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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