Friday, June 07, 2013



JUNE 8, 2013

Tb 12:1,5-15,20 / Tb 13:2, 6 / Mk 12:38-44

Tobit 12:1, 5-15, 20
When the wedding feast was over, Tobit called Tobias, his son, and said to him, "Be sure you give the wages to the man who accompanied you, and we should add something extra." Then Tobias called the angel and said to him, "Please take half of all that you have brought." The angel took Tobit and Tobias to one side and said to them, "Bless God, return thanks to him, proclaim his glory and render him thanks before all the living for all he has done for you. It is good to praise God and to exalt his Name, by making known in a worthy manner the story of God's deeds. Do not be slow in giving him thanks. It is good to hide the secrets of kings but to make known publicly the works of God. Do the works of God. Do good, and evil will not harm you. It is a good thing to accompany prayer with fasting, alms giving and justice. It is better to do a little with honor than much with injustice. It is better to give alms than to treasure up gold. Alms giving preserves from death; it purifies from all sin. Those people who give alms and act justly will have a long life, but sinners only harm themselves. I will hide nothing from you. Yes, I have said that it is good to keep the secrets of kings but to make known publicly the glorious works of God. Tobit, when you and your daughter-in-law Sara prayed, I kept the remembrance of your prayer before the Holy One; when you, Tobit, buried the dead, I was with you in the same way; and when you did not hesitate to rise up and leave your meal in order to hide the dead man, your good deed did not go unnoticed because I was with you. Well, God sent me to cure you and also to cure Sara, your daughter-in-law. I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels who present the prayers of holy people and who stand before the glory of God." Now bless and give thanks to God, because I am returning to the One who sent me. Write down in a book all that has happened."

Mark 12:38-44
As he was teaching, he also said to them, "Beware of those teachers of the Law, who enjoy walking around in long robes and being greeted in the marketplace, and who like to occupy reserved seats in the synagogues, and the first places at feasts. They even devour the widow's and the orphan's goods while making a show of long prayers. How severe a sentence they will receive!" Jesus sat down opposite the Temple treasury, and watched the people dropping money into the treasury box; and many rich people put in large offerings. But a poor widow also came and dropped in two small coins. Then Jesus called his disciples and said to them, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all those who gave offerings. For all of them gave from their plenty, but she gave from her poverty, and put in everything she had, her very living."

The gospel for today speaks loudly even in our present time. Here Jesus shares with us the reality of the teacher of the law who enjoys prestige and honor, to the detriment of the poor widows and orphans. Like any rich man, from his plenty he gives large offerings in the treasury box and makes sure people see him putting the money in. In contrast, Jesus presents a widow who gives all that she has – two small coins. It is the only money in her possession on which she can live.

We are given a choice in life. Between the man of authority who wanted to boast in front of others and the poor widow whose heart was so generous she gave all that she had, with whom do we identify ourselves?

All of us are called by Jesus to offer ourselves for others as he did. The choice is ours. When we give our yes to Jesus, it has to be from our heart. It cannot be a public show of religious piety or mere lip service. Such is false generosity. Scripture says, "When we give alms, our left hand should not know what our right hand is doing." We give as our heart dictates – in secret and in all humility. The poor widow clearly manifested this kind of offering of self which earned the approval of Jesus. She gave from the heart without counting the cost. Her offering was done in authentic sharing for the common good, and that truly pleased our Lord.

Are our hearts also predisposed with authenticity? If we say we love God, we also need to trust Him and surrender to Him with a growing dependency on His providence. That means letting Jesus increase while we decrease, meaning it is no longer us who live but Jesus who lives in us.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Cely Katigbak
- Pilar David, Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, Mon Torres, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- 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: Adelaida Lombos
- Birthday: Marco Norbert Ortiga
- Birthday: Pamela Rae Chua
- Birthday: Leticia Z. Timbol
- Wedding Anniversary: Atty. Gerry & Grace Lara
- Thanksgiving: Enteng & Mayette CoChien
- In Memoriam (+): Norberto Relatado
… 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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