Monday, February 25, 2013
MONDAY 2ND WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
MONDAY 2ND WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
Dan 9:4-10 / Ps 79: 8. 9. 11 and 13 / Lk 6:36-38
I prayed to Yahweh, my God, and made this confession: "Lord God, great and to be feared, you keep your Covenant and love for those who love you and observe your commandments. We have sinned, we have not been just, we have been rebels, and have turned away from your commandments and laws. We have not listened to your servants, the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, leaders, fathers and to all the people of the land. Lord, justice is yours, but ours is a face full of shame, as it is to this day— we, the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the whole of Israel, near and far away, in all the lands where you have dispersed us because of the infidelity we have committed against you. Ours is the shame, O Lord for we, our kings, princes, fathers, have sinned against you. We hope for pardon and mercy from the Lord, because we have rebelled against him. We have not listened to the voice of Yahweh, our God, or followed the laws which he has given us through his servants, the prophets.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Don't be a judge of others and you will not be judged; do not condemn and you will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven; give and it will be given to you, and you will receive in your sack good measure, pressed down, full and running over. For the measure you give will be the measure you receive back."
In today's Gospel, Jesus instructs us to give to others, and forgive them for their wrongdoings. That is easier said than done, especially when often those we try to help seem undeserving of our time and effort. Sometimes, no matter how much we try to help, they just keep falling into the same problem all over again. What do we do then? Do we just abandon them?
Jesus tells us that it is not for us to choose. As long as our neighbors are in need, whether they deserve it or not, we must lend a helping hand. More than just material help, we can also provide them with encouragement and guidance. In doing so, they may also see in us a reflection of God's loving kindness, helping them realize that no matter how bleak their situation, God has not abandoned them.
Lent is a time of repentance, a time to ask forgiveness. Perhaps it's about time we forgive others as well. Let us be compassionate, just our Heavenly Father is compassionate.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Eliseo Fabella, Sr.
… for the personal intentions of
- Alfonso Marquez III
- Beny Chua
… for the eternal repose of the soul of
- Ricardo (Nonoy) Diaz
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: Peter Siam Lim III
- Birthday: Adrienne Nicole Y. Lu
- Birthday: Helen Lim
- Birthday: Marichel Teves-Magalona
- Birthday: John Paul Uy (Feb 25, 1984 - Feb 27, 2010)
- In Memoriam (+): Joseph Chamsay (Jun 26, 1929 - Feb 25, 1995)
- In Memoriam (+): Jose Chua Beng Chong (Mar 4, 1882 - Feb 25, 1932)
… 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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