Sunday, June 19, 2011



JUNE 20, 2011

Gn 12:1-9 / Ps 33:12-13, 18-19, 20, 22 / Mt 7:1-5

GENESIS 12:1-9
Yahweh said to Abram, "Leave your country, your family and your
father's house, for the land I will show you. I will make you a great
nation. I will bless you and make your name great, and you will be a
blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I
will curse, and in you all peoples of the earth will be blessed." So
Abram went as Yahweh had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was
seventy-five years old when he left Haran. Abram took Sarai, his wife,
his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the
people they had acquired in Haran. They set out for the land of
Canaan. They arrived at Canaan. Abram traveled through the country as
far as Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were
in the land. Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I
will give this land." There he built an altar to Yahweh who had
appeared to him. From there he went on to the mountains east of Bethel
and pitched his tent, with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east.
There also he built an altar to Yahweh and called on the name of
Yahweh. Then Abram set out in the direction of Negeb.

Jesus said to his disciples, "Do not judge and you will not be judged.
In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and the measure
you use for others will be used for you. Why do you look at the speck
in your brother's eye and not see the plank in your own eye? How can
you say to your brother: `Come, let me take the speck from your eye,'
as long as that plank is in your own? Hypocrite, take first the plank
out of your own eye, then you will see clear enough to take the speck
out of your brother's eye."

It is a human tendency to notice the failings of other people but not
our own. Some of us have even become experts in making judgments on
others whereas we seldom reflect on what needs to be improved in

In the first reading, Abraham was called away from his accustomed
surroundings. He needed to be uprooted and to be transplanted to a new
environment where he can become what God had intended for him. Even
his name was changed. Abraham was not resigned to his old age but
trusted God with his faith in his promise.

Like Abraham, we need to hear and heed God's call and be moved to a
new way of life from what we are accustomed to. This call is internal.
It is a call for us to leave behind an old way of life, our old selves
and move to a new way of life which God will show us.

This new life in Christ was first offered to us when we received our
baptism. We had been given the seed of faith in God, and in the
process of growing up we must exercise this faith in a life of
constant following of the call of God and be led to our destiny.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of Fr. Luis Sierra, OP
… for the personal intentions of Josheil Dapo
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Cecilia Ong Acero Chua
- Birthday: Heidi Ver
- Birthday: Bey Pacheco
- Birthday: Victoria Salvador Bowe
- Presbyterial Ordination Fr. Tom O'Gorman, SJ
… 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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