Wednesday, June 12, 2013
MEMORIAL, SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA, PRIEST AND DOCTOR
MEMORIAL, SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA, PRIEST AND DOCTOR
THURSDAY 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
2 Cor 3:15-4:1,3-6 / Ps 85: 9ab and 10. 11-12. 13-14 / Mt 5:20-26
2 Corinthians 3:15-4:1,3-6
Up to this very day, whenever they read Moses, the veil remains over their understanding but, for whoever turns to the Lord, the veil shall be removed. The Lord is spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So, with unveiled faces, we all reflect the Glory of the Lord, while we are transformed into his likeness and experience his Glory more and more by the action of the Lord who is spirit. Since this is our ministry mercifully given to us, we do not weaken. In fact if the Gospel we proclaim remains obscure, it is obscure only for those who go to their own destruction. The god of this world has blinded the minds of these unbelievers lest they see the radiance of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is God's image. It is not ourselves we preach, but Christ Jesus as Lord; and for Jesus' sake we are your servants. God who said, Let the light shine out of darkness, has also made the light shine in our hearts to radiate and to make known the Glory of God, as it shines in the face of Christ.
I tell you then, if you are not righteous in a much broader way than the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. You have heard that it was said to our people in the past: Do not commit murder; anyone who does kill will have to face trial. But now I tell you: whoever gets angry with a brother or sister will have to face trial. Whoever insults a brother or sister deserves to be brought before the council. Whoever calls a brother or a sister "Fool!" deserves to be thrown into the fire of hell. So, if you are about to offer your gift at the altar, and you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with him, and then come back and offer your gift to God. Don't forget this: be reconciled with your opponent quickly when you are together on the way to court. Otherwise he will turn you over to the judge, who will hand you over to the police, who will put you in jail. There you will stay, until you have paid the last penny.
Forgiving others is indeed a prerequisite to attain the forgiveness of God for our sins. Jesus said, "If you are about to offer your gift at the altar and you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with him, and then come back and offer your gift to God. This is the kind of holiness our Lord is asking of us when he said, "I tell you, then, that if you are not righteous in a much broader way than the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven."
There were two brothers whose property was adjacent to each other. One day, there was a misunderstanding between brothers. One morning a carpenter knocked on the older brother's door and asked for work. The brother thought of putting up a high fence between the properties. After providing the carpenter with the materials, he left for other business. The next day, the brother was surprised to see the work of the carpenter. There was no fence but a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other. Then he saw the younger brother coming toward him with his arms outstretched saying: "You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I've said and done."
Jesus must be the carpenter who builds a bridge for us if we are afraid and hesitant to reach out to our brothers. Forgiveness takes faith to believe God's words and forgive rather than cling to our anger and bitterness. It takes faith to believe that peace will eventually come to our troubled heart and soul after we forgive; to trust that vengeance is the Lord's, if necessary, rather than ours; and to truly love and forgive as Jesus loves and forgives us.
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
- 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
- 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: Jacqueline Lim Yu
- Birthday: Anthony Onglatco
- Presbyterial Ordination: Fr. Ernesto Javier, S.J.
- In Memoriam (+): Grace Limsui
… 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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