Wednesday, June 05, 2013



JUNE 6, 2013

Tb 6:11; 7:1,9-14; 8:4-7 / Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 / Mk 12:28-34

Tobit 6:11; 7:1,9-14; 8:4-7
Raphael said to Tobias, "Friend, we shall spend the night at the house of Ragouel. He is a relative of yours. He has no son, just an only daughter called Sara. When they arrived in Ecbatana Tobias said to Raphael, "Friend Azarias, take me straightaway to our friend Ragouel." So Raphael led Tobias to Ragouel's house and they found Ragouel sitting by the door of the courtyard. They killed a sheep and served them numerous dishes. After they had bathed and washed, as they were relaxing before the meal, Tobias said to Raphael, "Friend Azarias, tell Ragouel to give me Sara my kinswoman. Talk about what you were saying during our journey, that the matter may come about and be accomplished." Ragouel overheard the conversation and he said to Tobias, "Eat, drink and be merry tonight. You are the man who has most right to take Sara my daughter because you are my kinsman. Indeed it is impossible for me to give her to any other man but you, because you are my closest relative. But, my son, I must tell you the whole story. I gave her to seven husbands from among our kinsmen. They each died on the wedding night. But, for the moment, my son, eat and drink and the Lord will arrange things for you." Tobias said, "I shall eat nothing if you do not stop now and bring this matter to a conclusion." Ragouel said to Tobias, "Take her from now on; I give her to you according to the Law of Moses and you have to understand that God himself gives her to you. Receive your kinswoman, from now on you are her brother and she is your sister. She is yours from today and forever. Now God will bless you this night and may he give you both his mercy and peace." He called his daughter Sara and taking her by the hand, he gave her to Tobias as his wife. He said, "According to Moses' Law, take her now and bring her to your father's house." And he blessed them. Ragouel then called Edna his wife; taking a sheet of parchment, he wrote down a matrimonial contract and they both affixed their seals. Then they all began to eat. When Sara's parents had left the room and closed the door, Tobias got up from the bed and said to Sara, "Get up, my sister, and let us ask the Lord to have mercy on us and save us." She got up and they began to pray, asking that they be given life. Tobias began like this, "May you be blessed, O Lord God of our fathers, and may your holy and glorious Name be blessed forever. May the heavens and all creatures bless you. You created Adam and you gave him Eve, his wife, as a helper and companion, so that from these two the human race might be born. You said: `It is not good that man should be alone, let us give him a companion who is like himself.' Now, Lord, I take my sister to myself in sincerity and love, not merely seeking pleasure. Have mercy on us and grant us a long life together."

Mark 12:28-34
A teacher of the Law had been listening to this discussion and admired how Jesus answered them. So he came up and asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?" Jesus answered, "The first is: Hear, Israel! The Lord, our God, is One Lord; and you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. And after this comes a second commandment: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these two." The teacher of the Law said to him, "Well spoken, Master; you are right when you say that he is one, and there is no other besides him. To love him with all our heart, with all our understanding and with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves is more important than any burnt offering or sacrifice." Jesus approved this answer and said, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

In today's gospel we are again reminded how much God loves us, and how we should love Him and our neighbors wholeheartedly.

For over 23 years the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Concepcion has an apostolate among the indigenous Mangyan people of Occidental Mindoro. In living with them, the Sisters realized that even though they are not Catholics, they love God and their neighbors. They say, Mamang sa Ugbos, which means "God our Father in Heaven is so passionately caring for us; He protects us from harm and provides us everything we need." They believe that He is always present, everywhere, every moment, and in every event in their lives. Nothing happens without His knowledge and permission. His will is manifested through their rituals and in their dreams. He keeps the community united through their simple obedience and trust of their elders. They practice much sharing that no one is in need. In the evenings they gather to discuss what is best for the whole community. They care for each other as brothers and sisters and as one family. If they commit sins against God and their brothers, they ask the intercession of their ancestors. Isn't this similar to the practices of the first Christians?

In a world of materialism and consumerism, the Mangyans prove that it is possible to live as one community, sharing and loving one another. They may not enjoy the comforts and luxuries of those living in big cities, but they possess the hearts of God's children, the ones whom the Lord says "inherit the Kingdom prepared for you."

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- NIck Lucena
- Auring Malabayabas
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
… for the personal intentions of
- Glenn Dale B. Manzon & Julie Manzon
- Beny Chua
- Marella Quicho
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo,Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Lilia Yang
- Serafina Falcon
- Amparo Suntay
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: Victor Tan
- Birthday: Timothy Gotamco Tan
- In Memoriam (+): Albert Dy, Sr.
… 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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