Saturday, June 22, 2013
12TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – C
12TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – C
Zec 12:10-11 / Ps 63: 2. 3-4. 5-6. 8-9 / Gal 3:26-29 / Lk 9:18-24
I will pour out on the family of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of love and supplication. They will look at the one who was pierced and mourn for him as for an only child, weeping bitterly as for a first born. The mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning of Haddadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo.
Now, in Christ Jesus, all of you are sons and daughters of God through faith. All of you who were given to Christ through baptism, have put on Christ. Here there is no longer any difference between Jew or Greek, or between slave or freed, or between man and woman: but all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Christ, you are of Abraham's race and you are to inherit God's promise.
One day, when Jesus was praying alone, not far from his disciples, he asked them, "What do people say about me?" And they answered, "Some say that you are John the Baptist; others say that you are Elijah, and still others that you are one of the prophets of old, risen from the dead." Again Jesus asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered, "The Messiah of God." Then Jesus spoke to them, giving them strict orders not to tell this to anyone. And he added, "The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the elders and chief priests and teachers of the Law, and be put to death. Then after three days he will be raised to life." Jesus also said to all the people, "If you wish to be a follower of mine, deny yourself and take up your cross each day, and follow me! For if you choose to save your life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for my sake, you will save it.
Jesus' calling to the disciples was a lifetime calling to continuous discipleship, more intimate fellowship, a deeper understanding. It was a calling for a lifetime of service to God. Jesus knew that the continued spreading of his teachings and his ministry depended upon people renewing his call to them daily. Jesus said "Take up your cross daily and follow me." They were to take up their cross of sacrifice. Yes, this sacrifice usually involves the giving of time, talent, and treasures. But mostly it involves a sacrifice of self, a giving up of our own desires in order to follow Jesus. Anyone who wants to follow Jesus must put aside his own desires and conveniences.
Jesus' calling to us to follow is first a call of belief. It is a call to accept him as Savior. It is a beckoning to seek his forgiveness. Sadly, for many, that is where the following ends. But Jesus calls us not just to believe. He calls us also to follow in a deeper understanding and in service to others. Yet, his calling does not end there either. Jesus calls out to us to take up our cross daily, to give up our own desires, and to sacrifice our own self to his will.
Jesus never stops calling us regardless of our age. He never stops calling us regardless if we are a new believer or a believer of 50 years. There is always more we can learn about God, always a need for a deeper commitment, always something you can do daily to serve God, or to serve others. God may not call you as a missionary, but He may call you to minister to a disabled person in your neighborhood. There is always service to do in our neighborhood, always a way to serve in our church. So often we hear people say: "I have served my time. I'll let someone else do it now." When Jesus says "daily," he means every day of our lives. There is no time period given here. Does it sound like your task is done? Does it sound like your service to God, to the church and to others is finished? Does it sound like your spiritual growing is complete? No! Jesus is calling you daily to follow more, to learn more, to serve more daily, and to give more every day sacrificially. Jesus' calling to us never ends. Sadly though, our response to him often does end. We stop listening to his call.
There is more to following Jesus than giving him lip service. That is what so many do. The reward of following Christ is nothing less than an abundant, eternal and a fulfilling life.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- 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: Lovelene Wendy I. Semanero
- Birthday: Alexis Reyes
- Birthday: Cresencio Tan Jao
- Presbyterial Ordination Fr. Manuel Non, S.J.
- In Memoriam (+): Mr. Jerome Tan
… 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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