Monday, August 27, 2012
MEMORIAL, ST AUGUSTINE
TUESDAY 21ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, ST AUGUSTINE
2 Thes 2:1- 3a, 14-17 / Mt 23:23-26
2 THESSALONIANS 2:1- 3A, 14-17
Brothers and sisters, let us speak about the coming of Christ Jesus, our Lord, and our gathering to meet him. Do not be easily unsettled. Do not be alarmed by what a prophet says or by any report, or by some letter said to be ours, saying the day of the Lord is at hand. Do not let yourselves be deceived in any way. Apostasy must come first, when the man of Sin will appear To this end he called you through the gospel we preach, for he willed you to share the glory of Christ Jesus our Lord. Because of that, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold to the traditions that we taught you by word or by letter. May Christ Jesus our Lord who has loved us, may God our Father, who in his mercy gives us everlasting comfort and true hope, strengthen you. May he encourage your hearts and make you steadfast in every good work and word.
Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You do not forget the mint, anise and cumin seeds when you demand the tenth of everything, but then you forget what is most fundamental in the Law: justice, mercy and faith. These you must practice, instead of neglecting them. Blind guides! You strain out a mosquito, but swallow a camel. Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You fill the plate and the cup with theft and violence, and then pronounce a blessing over them. Blind Pharisee! Purify the inside first, then the outside too will be purified.
In today's Gospel, the Lord admonished the Pharisees and scribes for their duplicity. They were leaders of the church and externally followed the prescribed Jewish laws and traditions. While they were deliberate in showing off their devotion, however, the Pharisees and scribes failed to live the spirit of God's law, which is love. They did not show justice and mercy to those who needed it most. They were instead filled with pride and misplaced righteousness, and were preoccupied with empty rituals.
We must remember that the Lord looks straight into our hearts and sees our intentions. Do we act righteously to gain the approval of men? Do we live out Jesus' greatest commandment, which is to love one another as He has loved us?
Dearest Lord, please give me the grace to have a heart like yours. That I may love my family, friends, and even my enemies, as you have loved me. Amen.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Eriberta Calvario
- Cipriano Maribojoc
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Tito Oreta
… In Memoriam: Shirley Weber
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Jesse Manalastas Robredo
- Rolando Custodio
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: Amparo Lim
- Birthday: Tessie Macatangay
- Birthday: Fr. Arnie Boehme, OCD
- In Memoriam (+): Eligio R. Reyes
… 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.
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