Thursday, June 16, 2011



JUNE 17, 2011

2 Cor 11:18, 21-30 / Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 / Mt 6:19-23

2 CORINTHIANS 11:18, 21-30
First, as I have heard, when you gather together, there are divisions
among you and I partly believe it. For each one eats at once his own
food and while one is hungry, the other is getting drunk. Do you not
have houses in which to eat and drink? Or perhaps you despise the
Church of God and desire to humiliate those who have nothing? What
shall I say? Shall I praise you? For this I cannot praise you. This is
the tradition of the Lord that I received and that in my turn I have
handed on to you; the Lord Jesus, on the night that he was delivered
up, took bread and, after giving thanks, broke it, saying, "This is my
body which is broken for you; do this in memory of me." In the same
manner, taking the cup after the supper, he said, "This cup is the new
Covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do it in memory of me."
So, then, whenever you eat of this bread and drink from this cup, you
are proclaiming the death of the Lord until he comes. Therefore, if
anyone eats of the bread or drinks from the cup of the Lord
unworthily, he sins against the body and blood of the Lord. Let each
one, then, examine himself before eating of the bread and drinking
from the cup. Otherwise, he eats and drinks his own condemnation in
not recognizing the Body. This is the reason why so many among you are
sick and weak and several have died.

MATTHEW 6:19-23
Jesus said to his disciples, "Do not store up treasure for yourself
here on earth where moth and rust destroy it, and where thieves can
steal it. Store up treasure for yourself with God, where no moth or
rust can destroy nor thief come and steal it. "For where your treasure
is, there also your hear t will be. The lamp of the body is the eye;
if your eyes are sound, your whole body will be in the light. If your
eyes are diseased your whole body will be in darkness. Then, if your
light has become darkness, how dark will be the darkest par t of you!"

In the first reading, St. Paul enumerates his sufferings as an
apostle. Who among us have suffered a lot for Jesus Christ? Maybe we
have suffered because of our sins, because of an illness or a bad
family upbringing.

But St. Paul suffered countless physical and emotional afflictions in
order to bring the Good News to many people. It is true that by nature
St. Paul was a very strong-willed person. Yet he surrendered his will
to God and accepted all his sufferings for love of Christ. He offered
his life totally to God and counted as nothing all hardships as long
as someone may be saved by the Good News. We should ask ourselves how
much we are willing to suffer for Jesus. This would depend on how much
love we have for him.

We can start by giving material things to people in need and curb our
desires for things that we do not really need. Then we can spend more
time for others, especially our families, rather than do things for
our own comfort and pleasure. Then we can witness to truth and justice
by making people in our workplace or environment know that we believe
in righteous living and speak out against wrongdoings even if this
will make us unpopular. As we do more things for the Lord, we will
feel compelled to do even more. This was the experience of St. Paul –
the love of God pushed him to do even more for the propagation of the
gospel. He was like a man possessed, in this case, possessed by the
Holy Spirit, and so he was willing to be all things for all men. All
the saints had this same experience. Do you want to be like them?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ditas dela Paz
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Tet Sarabia
- Prayer Intention: Dante & Mariza Ceñido
… 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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