Tuesday, June 11, 2013
WEDNESDAY 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
WEDNESDAY 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
2 Cor 3:4-11 / Ps 99: 5. 6. 7. 8. 9 / Mt 5:17-19
2 Corinthians 3:4-11
This is how we are sure of God, through Christ. As for us we would not dare consider that something comes from us: our ability comes from God. He has even enabled us to be ministers of a new covenant no longer depending on a written text but on the Spirit. The written text kills, but the Spirit gives life. The ministry of the Law carved on stones brought death; it was nevertheless surrounded by glory and we know that the Israelites could not fix their eyes on the face of Moses, such was his radiance, though fleeting. How much more glorious will the ministry of the Spirit be! If there is greatness in a ministry which uses to condemn, how much more will there be in the ministry that brings holiness? This is such a glorious thing that in comparison the former's glory is like nothing. That ministry was provisory and had only moments of glory; but ours endures with a lasting glory.
Do not think that I have come to annul the Law and the Prophets. I have not come to annul them but to fulfill them. I tell you this: as long as heaven and earth last, not the smallest letter or dot in the Law will change until all is fulfilled. So then, whoever breaks the least important of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be the least in the kingdom of heaven. On the other hand, whoever obeys them, and teaches others to do the same, will be great in the kingdom of heaven.
In the Old Testament, Israel received the Law from Yahweh through Moses. In the New Testament, Jesus was sent by Yahweh to fulfill the Law in its entirety. By his death on the cross, he destroyed the curse of the Law which is death for the sinner. Now he offers to us the possibility of fulfilling the Law by believing in him and asking for the Holy Spirit. Therefore Jesus did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it.
But we must not think that belief in God's saving power is enough to be saved. The saving power of God enables us to behave as sons of God, to do what God wants – to obey the commandments. And to do so means to have eternal life in us. So we must not only have faith but also perform good deeds. When Jesus fulfilled the Law in his person, he raised it to a higher place through the spirit of the gospel. Therefore Christians do not see the commandments as a burden or a set of regulations but a way of life which brings about goodness and peace to one's life. The Christian understands that to love is the underlying spirit of Jesus' actions, and when he loves like Jesus, he discovers that it becomes easier to fulfill the Law. He is not afraid of the commandments but embraces them and makes Jesus his shining example of Christian love.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Pilar David, Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
- Nick Lucena
- Fr.German Miller, Gloria Dorsey, Baby Marhieka Hope Dorsey
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Pilar David
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
- 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
- Don Vickaryous
- Mon Torres
- Alfonso and Gloria Orbin
- Alejandro Lecaros
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: Wilfredo Ortiz
- In Memoriam (+): Teofila Felix
… 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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