Wednesday, February 22, 2012
THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY
MEMORIAL, ST. POLYCARP
THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY
Dt 30:15-20 / Lk 9:22-25
See, I set before you on this day life and good, evil and death. I
command you to love Yahweh, your God and follow his ways. Observe his
commandments, his norms and his laws, and you will live and increase,
and Yahweh will give you his blessing in the land you are going to
possess. But if your heart turns away and does not listen, if you are
drawn away and bow before other gods to serve them, I declare on this
day that you shall perish. You shall not last in the land you are
going to occupy on the other side of the Jordan. Let the heavens and
the earth listen, that they may be witnesses against you. I have set
before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life
that you and your descendants may live, loving Yahweh, listening to
his voice, and being one with him. In this is life for you and length
of days in the land which Yahweh swore to give to your ancestors, to
Abraham, Isa ac and Jacob."
And he added, "The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be
rejected by the elders and chief priests and teachers of the Law, and
be put to death. Then after three days he will be raised to life."
Jesus also said to all the people, "If you wish to be a follower of
mine, deny yourself and take up your cross each day, and follow me!
For if you choose to save your life, you will lose it; but if you lose
your life for my sake, you will save it. What does it profit you to
gain the whole world, if you destroy or damage yourself?
Jesus is inviting us to be among his followers: we have to deny
ourselves, carry our cross, and follow Him. He loves us so much that
He wants us to be with Him in paradise.
When we deny ourselves, we have to give up material things and other
earthly desires because these are the barricades that will stop us
from knowing God's will for us. We will never realize the importance
of our existence if we are ambitious and materialistic. Self-denial
will help us get to know ourselves deeper and discover God within.
Life itself is a cross that we have to carry each day. We have to
carry it lightly, with love and passion, as Jesus carried his cross to
Calvary. If God is with us, we will never feel the heavy burden of our
own cross. We just have to trust and believe our Father in heaven and
He will never abandon us. Make God the center of our lives and our
burdens will be light.
Jesus wants us to follow him so we can be with him in heaven. He loves
us so much that he suffered and died on the cross for our salvation.
Can we do the same for him?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Tung-Jou Sheh
- Chief Sam Rose Anyaugo
- Mon Torres
- Rakkie Villa
- Tonie Lingad
… for the personal intentions of
- Dr Ugonna Anyaugo, Mr Ogechi Anyaugo,'Barr Obinna Okoronkwo, Barr
Mrs Barbara Adaugo Okoronkwo, Ifeanyi Mathias Anyaugo,Chuba Osi
Anyaugo, Kelechi Ozurumba and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Jesus Yap
- Dumstan Gonzales
- Chief P.O Ezekwe & Ezinne Francisca Ezekwe, Mama Rose Anyaugo
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: Harris Javier T. Ngo
- Birthday: Teresita Angela C. Lucero
… 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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