Thursday, June 20, 2013
FRIDAY 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
JUNE 21, 2013
MEMORIAL, SAINT ALOYSIUS GONZAGA, RELIGIOUS
FRIDAY 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
2 Cor 11:18,21-30 / Ps 34: 2-3. 4-5. 6-7 / Mt 6:19-23
2 Corinthians 11:18,21-30
As some people boast of human advantages, I will do the same. What a shame that I acted so weakly with you! But if others are so bold, I shall also dare, although I may speak like a fool. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I begin to talk like a madman) I am better than they. Better than they with my numerous labors. Better than they with the time spent in prison. The beatings I received are beyond comparison. How many times have I found myself in danger of death! Five times the Jews sentenced me to thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with a rod, once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked, and once I spent a night and a day adrift on the high seas. I have been continually in hazards of traveling because of rivers, because of bandits, because of my fellow Jews, or because of the pagans; in danger in the city, in the open country, at sea; in danger from false brothers. I have worked and often la bored without sleep, I have been hungry and thirsty and starving, cold and without shelter. Besides these and other things, there was my daily concern for all the churches. Who is weak that I do not feel weak as well? Whoever stumbles, am I not on hot bricks? If it is necessary to boast, let me proclaim the occasions on which I was found weak.
Do not store up treasures for yourself here on earth, where moth and rust destroy it, and where thieves can steal it. Store up treasures for yourself with God, where no moth or rust can destroy it, nor thief come and steal it. For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be. The lamp of the body is the eye; if your eyes are sound, your whole body will be in the light. If your eyes are diseased, your whole body will be in darkness. Then, if your light has become darkness, how dark will be the darkest part of you!
Today's readings ask us to take a view that is differs from the world. In the first reading, St. Paul describes what he has undergone and suffered for his beliefs. How many people would suffer what Paul suffered for his beliefs? Actually the Holy Martyrs did and so can we...
In the Gospel, the Lord talks about what should be at center of every human heart. This perspective of what is the most important in everyone's life should be those that robbers cannot steal or those that cannot be destroyed. Rather, what should be at the center of our hearts are treasures with God, where no moth or rust can destroy.
Let us ask ourselves then, what is of greatest value to us, what is truly the most important thing in our lives? Are we willing to suffer and sacrifice for these?
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
- Cecilia Katigbak
… for the personal intentions of
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Ramon Torres, Pilar David, and 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: Francisco Hing
… 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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