Monday, May 27, 2013



MAY 28, 2013

Sir 35:1-12 / Ps 50: 5-6. 7-8. 14 and 23 / Mk 10:28-31

Sirach 35:1-12
Keeping the Law is worth many offerings. Being faithful to the commandments is like a peace offering. Returning kindness is an offering of fine flour; giving alms is a sacrifice of praise. Renouncing sin pleases the Lord, and shunning injustice is a sacrifice of atonement. Do not appear before the Lord with empty hands. The commandment requires that you bring an offering. When the offering of the righteous is burned on the altar, the fat drips down and a fragrant aroma rises to the Most High. The sacrifice of the just man pleases God and will not be forgotten. Honor the Lord with a generous heart and do not be stingy with the first fruits of your harvest. Offer your gifts with a smiling face and when you pay your tithes do it gladly. Give to the Most High as he has given to you; give generously to the Lord according to what you have; the Lord will repay, he will reward you seven fold. If you attempt to bribe him with gifts he will not accept them; do not rely on offerings from dishonest gain. The Lord is judge and shows no partiality.

Mark 10:28-31
Peter spoke up and said, "We have given up everything to follow you." Jesus answered, "Truly, there is no one who has left house, or brothers or sisters, or father or mother, or children, or lands, for my sake and for the Gospel, who will not receive his reward. I say to you: even in the midst of persecution, he will receive a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and lands in the present time, and in the world to come eternal life. Do pay attention: many who now are the first will be last, and the last, first."

When Jesus called his first disciples to follow him, they laid down their fishnets, left their families, and went with him. Was Peter actually asking Jesus "What's in it for me?" Did the disciples expect some sort of financial or material gain for their allegiance? So Jesus reassures them that they would be repaid a hundred times over – but not now, not just yet. At the present time, they leave behind everything for his sake and the sake of his work and this includes persecutions – this was their investment. But the rewards are great, very great, in the eternal life. It is not possible to live as God wills us to do without a cross. This is the reality of sacrificial love in the life of a person following God's will. As the saying goes, "No pain, no gain. No cross, no crown." All of Jesus' first Twelve suffered martyrdom except John. Many of our saints also suffered persecution and martyrdom for Christ's sake and for the sake of the gospel. However, there are two kinds of martyrdom – those who die for the faith in the hands of the enemy, and those who dedicate their lives to serving the Church for the salvation of souls and who die quietly, unnoticed.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Joaquin F. Gonzalez
- Pilar David, Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, Mon Torres, and Fleur Torres
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Nick Lucena
… for the personal intentions of
- Jaime F. Gonzalez
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo,Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
- J. Joseph
- Pauline
- Beny Chua
… Birthday: S. Maria Aileen Billanes, RVM
… In Memoriam: Alfonso Orbin
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Jose "Pete" P. Ribas. 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.
- Wedding Anniversary: Gabby & Helen Tong
- In Memoriam (+): Edmundo Inocentes (Nov 16, 1936 - May 28, 2002)
- In Memoriam (+): Jose Y. Sy
… 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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