Sunday, August 21, 2011



AUGUST 22, 2011

1 Thes 1:2-5, 8-10 / Ps 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9 / Mt 23:13-22

1 THESSALONIANS 1:2-5, 8-10
We give thanks to God at all times for you and remember you in our
prayers. We constantly recall before God our Father the work of your
faith, the labors of your love and your endurance in waiting for
Christ Jesus our Lord. We remember, brothers and sisters, the
circumstances of your being called. The gospel we brought you was such
not only in words. Miracles, Holy Spirit and plenty of everything were
given to you. You also know how we dealt with you for your sake. since
from you the word of the Lord spread to Macedonia and Achaia, and
still farther. The faith you have in God has become news in so many
places that we need say no more about it. Others tell of how you
welcome us and turned from idols to the Lord. For you serve the living
and true God, and you wait for his Son from heaven whom he raised from
the dead, Jesus, who frees us from impending trial.

MATTHEW 23:13-22
Therefore, woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you
hypocrites! You shut the door to the kingdom of heaven in people's
faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor do you allow others to do so.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You devour widows'
houses, even while for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you
shall receive greater condemnation. Woe to you, teachers of the Law
and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel by sea and land to win a
single convert, yet once he is converted, you make him twice as fit
for hell as yourselves. Woe to you, blind guides! You say: To swear by
the Temple is not binding, but to swear by the treasure of the Temple
is binding. Blind fools! Which is of more wor th: the gold in the
Temple, or the Temple which makes the gold a sacred treasure? You say:
To swear by the altar is not binding, but to swear by the of fering on
the altar is binding. How blind you are! Which is of more value: the
offering on the altar, or the altar which makes the offering sacred?
Whoever swears by the altar, is swearing by the altar and by
everything on it. Whoever swears by the Temple is swearing by the
Temple and by God who dwells in the Temple. Whoever swears by heaven
is swearing by the throne of God, and by him who is seated on it.

How can we shut the door of God's kingdom in our lives? By not
listening to Jesus' call to true conversion and disregard his offer of
fullness of life. He speaks words of life and love, truth and freedom,
hope and pardon. The Lord Jesus wants to dwell with us and to bring us
his kingdom. God's kingdom is present in all who seek him and who do
his will.

And who is the example par excellence of a person who fulfilled the
will of God? It is Mary, Jesus' mother, who said: "Behold the handmaid
of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word." All her life
she lived in God's presence and lovingly followed His will. She obeyed
totally and freely all that God asked of her as Jesus' mother, submit
ting faithfully to His exigencies to cooperate in His plan of
salvation. As a docile servant of God, she was an instrument in
bringing God's kingdom on earth. Just as Jesus, her Son, was raised
and given a name above every other name as King of kings and Lord of
lords, Mary also assumed into heaven body and soul and is given the
title Queen of Heaven and Earth. She is MARY THE QUEEN, whose feast we
celebrate today. For us she is both Queen and Mother, and as St.
Therese of the Child Jesus aptly puts it, she is more Mother than

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Bert Villacorta
- Eden Batuto
- Titong V
- Fr. Antonio Claudio, Priscilla Eugenio and Yolanda Caberto
- Antonio Evangelista
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Anna Limpe McAvoy. 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: Aleli Briones
- Birthday: Nilaida S. Enriquez
- Birthday: Darnelli I. Rosuman
- Wedding Anniversary: Michiko Magdalene & Rory Shim
… for families who are in need of healing
… 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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