Wednesday, May 22, 2013



MAY 23, 2013

Sir 5:1-8 / Ps 1: 1-2. 3. 4 and 6 / Mk 9:41-50

Sirach 5:1-8
Do not rely on your wealth. Do not say, "I am self-sufficient." Do not let yourself be carried away by greed and violence; they would make you their slave. Do not say, "Who can stop me?" For the Lord has power to punish you. Do not say, "I have sinned and nothing has happened!" For the Lord bides his time. Do not be so sure of pardon when you are heaping sin upon sin. Do not say, "His compassion is great! He will forgive the vast number of my sins!" For with him is mercy but also anger; his fury will be poured out on sinners. Do not delay your return to the Lord, do not put it off from day to day. For suddenly the anger of the Lord will blaze forth and you will perish on the day of reckoning. Do not rely on riches wrongfully acquired for they will be of no use to you on the day of wrath.

Mark 9:41-50
If anyone gives you a drink of water because you belong to Christ and bear his name, truly, I say to you, he will not go without reward. If anyone should cause one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble and sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a great millstone around his neck. If your hand makes you fall into sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life without a hand, than with two hands to go to hell, to the fire that never goes out. And if your foot makes you fall into sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life without a foot, than with both feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye makes you fall into sin, tear it out! It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, keeping both eyes, to be thrown into hell, where the worms that eat them never die, and the fire never goes out. The fire itself will preserve them. Salt is a good thing; but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another."

Causing the little ones to commit sin is so grave that it merits drowning with a millstone around the neck to make sure that the tempter really perishes in the depths. The evangelist also presents the catechesis of the gravity of sin telling us to cut off the part of our body that causes us to commit sin. It is not that easy since we all know that it is not the part that commits the sin but the person himself or herself. But the Lord emphasizes to us that we can avoid committing sin by doing something. Yes, as the hand is part of the body like the foot and the eye, we can refer to these as necessary means of going against God, yet we as persons are the culprit. Cutting a part of one's body is painful enough but the pain is rewarded with getting into the kingdom of God. Humanly speaking, this cutting off is difficult but with God's grace we can do it. It will cause us pain but we will have life with God.

Again the comparison with the salt is presented. What are believers for in this world if we cannot give taste? The challenge of being the one to give taste in our society today is seemingly meaningless. Though our churches are full on Sundays and Lenten days, still the call of the Lord goes in the daily living we make. Are we always aware of this?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Alfonso Marquez III
- Pilar David, Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, Mon Torres, and Fleur Torres
- Margie Guingon
… for the personal intentions of
- Pauline
- Beny Chua
- Luis Gonzalez
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Alejandro Lecaros. Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Cynthia C. Salud
- Birthday: Fr. Manuel Non, S.J.
… 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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