Monday, June 04, 2012
TUESDAY 9TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
TUESDAY 9TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, ST BONIFACE
2 Pt 3:12-15a, 17-18 / Mk 12:13-17
2 PETER 3:12-15A, 17-18
As you wait for the Day of God and long for its coming, when the
heavens will dissolve in fire and the elements melt away in the heat.
We wait for a new heaven and a new earth in which justice reigns,
according to God's promise. Therefore, beloved, as you wait in
expectation of this, strive that God may find you rooted in peace,
without blemish or fault. And consider that God's patience is for our
salvation, as our beloved brother Paul wrote to you, with the wisdom
given him. So then, dearly beloved, as you have been warned, be
careful lest those people who have gone astray deceive you in turn and
drag you along, making you stumble and finally fall away. Grow in the
grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: to him be
glory, now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
They sent to Jesus some Pharisees with members of Herod's party, with
the purpose of trapping him by his own words. They came and said to
Jesus, "Master, we know that you are truthful; you are not influenced
by anyone, and your answers do not vary according to who is listening
to you, but you truly teach God's way. Tell us, is it against the Law
to pay taxes to Caesar? Should we pay them or not?" But Jesus saw
through their trick and answered, "Why are you testing me? Bring me a
silver coin and let me see it." They brought him one and Jesus asked,
"Whose image is this, and whose name?" They answered, "Caesar's." Then
Jesus said, "Give back to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is
God's." And they were greatly astonished.
Our faith teaches us that we are all made in God's image. Therefore,
we can assume that when we are born, we are created with inherent
goodness. It is what we choose to do with our gifts that mold our
paths in life. How strict or lenient we are in interpreting this ideal
to be good and to love will also be the basis for how we will be
judged when the day of God comes. The knowledge of what God has
promised should not only be the reason for what we do in our life but
also must be the reason why we live.
When we were younger, our parents would say, "Do your homework" or "Be
a good child and you can watch television or have your favorite slice
of pie or chocolate cake." As we grow older, God is telling us to be
good children, to follow His teachings, not to do anything that would
harm others, to make our Father proud, to bring Him glory by being as
good and as kind to others as we possibly can in this life so that we
can receive that slice of life in and with the Lord.
We are lucky that our faith tells us exactly what our prize will be.
The Lord has also given us a whole lifetime to do our work and to be
kind to one another. So, as owners of businesses, are we fair to our
personnel and to our clients? As we strive to earn a living and
provide for our families, do we know when to stop before others are
hurt? Are we living our lives as God intended?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Rowena Lacida-Yap and Renan Lacida
- Eriberta C. Calvario
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Tito Oreta
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
.. In Memoriam: Louise Cleveland, Selma Stockstill, Kathy
Fortenberry, Al Gowins, Tony Miller, Jimmy the Fireman, Roy Billet
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Boniface Htwai Aung
- Birthday: Flor Sarmiento
- Birthday: Johannson Jimmy Tee, Jr.
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilson Lim & Estela Lim
- Wedding Anniversary: Eric & Cynthia Gale
… 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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