Monday, June 17, 2013



JUNE 18, 2013

2 Cor 8:1-9 / Ps 146: 2. 5-6ab. 6c-7. 8-9a / Mt 5:43-48

2 Corinthians 8:1-9
Now I want you to know about a gift of divine grace among the Churches of Macedonia. While they were so afflicted and persecuted, their joy overflowed and their extreme poverty turned into a wealth of generosity. According to their means—even beyond their means— they wanted to share in helping the saints. They asked us for this favor spontaneously and with much insistence and, far beyond anything we expected, they put themselves at the disposal of the Lord and of us by the will of God. Accordingly, I urged Titus to complete among you this work of grace since he began it with you. You excel in everything: in the gifts of faith, speech and knowledge; you feel concern for every cause and, besides, you are first in my heart. Excel also in this generous service. This is not a command; I make known to you the de termination of others to check the sincerity of your fraternal concern. You know well the generosity of Christ Jesus, our Lord. Although he was rich, he made himself poor to make you rich through his poverty.

Matthew 5:43-48
You have heard that it was said: Love your neighbor and do not do good to your enemy. But this I tell you: love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in Heaven. For he makes his sun rise on both the wicked and the good, and he gives rain to both the just and the unjust. If you love those who love you, what is special about that? Do not even tax collectors do as much? And if you are friendly only to your friends, what is so exceptional about that? Do not even the pagans do as much? As for you, be righteous and perfect in the way your heavenly Father is righteous and perfect.

Love for others, especially those who are mean, selfish, and ungrateful towards us, must be marked by the same kindness and mercy that God has shown to us. After all, we are all sinners and at one time or another have also been mean, selfish and ungrateful towards others. God loves all of us, even if time and time again we fail Him. Can we do less? How can we possibly love those who cause us pain and grief? How can we conquer our fears, prejudices, resentment and even hatred, our desire for revenge? How can we gather the courage we need to do good despite all these negativity? How easy it is to show kindness and mercy when we can expect to benefit from doing so but not when we get nothing in return. Our Lord knows our weaknesses and sinfulness. He gives us His assurances of grace and mercy if we obey and follow Him. He gives us the Holy Spirit to change and transform us into what God wants us to become. Our prayer for those who do us ill breaks the power of revenge and releases the power of love. His love will bring us freedom and pardon so that nothing can make us bitter or angry at anyone and take away our peace and joy. It is our duty as Christians to strive towards perfection in holiness, just as our Father is perfect.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Lydia, Jennette & Kevin Francis Christian Pe
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
- Nick Lucena
… for the personal intentions of JP
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Eduardo Co Chua. 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.
- Birthday: Alfred Johnson Gotamco Dy
- Birthday: Emmanuel Choachuy
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilbert Lim & Regina Lim
- Presbyterial Ordination: Fr. Ramon Mores, S.J.
- In Memoriam (+): Tony Ng Chu Chee (Nov 1, 1919 - Jun 18, 2005)
… 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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