Monday, June 24, 2013
TUESDAY 12TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YR I
TUESDAY 12TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Gen 13:2,5-18 / Ps 15: 2-3a. 3bc-4ab. 5 / Mt 7:6,12-14
Now Abram was very rich in flocks, silver and gold. Lot who went with Abram also had flocks, cattle and tents. The land was not sufficient to allow them to stay together, for their possessions were too great for them to live together. A quarrel arose between the herds men of Abram's flock and those of Lot. (The Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land at the time.) Abram said to Lot, "Don't let there be a dispute between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and yours, since we are brothers! Isn't the whole land there before you? Let us part company. If you go to the left, I will go to the right; if you go to the right, I will go to the left." Lot looked up and saw the whole valley of the Jordan: how well it was watered! Before Yahweh destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, this was like one of Yahweh's gardens, like the country of Egypt, on coming to Zoar. Lot chose for himself all the Jordan valley and journeyed eastward. In this way they separated from each other. Abram settled in the country of Canaan while Lot lived among the towns of the plain and moved his tent as far as Sodom. Now the people of Sodom were wicked, sinning greatly against Yahweh. Yahweh said to Abram after Lot had left him, "Raise your eyes and look from where you are, towards the north, the south, the east and the west; all the land you see I will give to you and your descendants forever. I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; if the grains of the dust can be counted, then your descendants may be counted. Come, travel through the length and breadth of the land, for it is to you that I am giving it." So Abram moved his tent and came to live by the oak of Mamre at Hebron. There he built an altar to Yahweh.
Do not give what is holy to the dogs, or throw your pearls to the pigs: they might trample on them, and even turn on you and tear you to pieces. So, do to others whatever you would that others do to you: there you have the Law and the Prophets. Enter through the narrow gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many go that way. How narrow is the gate that leads to life, and how rough the road; few there are who find it.
While it is our Christian duty to spread God's Word and the gospel, we should also be very prudent and cautious that we ourselves are not converted or seduced by those who oppose and abuse our Christian doctrine (dogs), or influenced by those who are corrupt, impure or profane (swine). Our faith is holy and precious as pearls and we must be always on our guard not to lose it to the faithless or evildoers. Let us be careful in admonishing persons where we see no hope of success, or we may end up the losers.
Whatever it is that we expect of others in similar circumstances, do to them. Let us not behave unjustly or selfishly towards others but rather, let us put ourselves in their place and behave as we would expect them to behave towards us.
Jesus tells us that entering heaven will not be easy. The wide gate is the worldly gate, the easy one through which many will enter and lose their way. Because of our humanity, we are weak and easily succumb to temptation. If we are careless and do not cling to Jesus and Mary's mantle, we will be carried away by the flow of the crowd that goes through that gate and to our destruction. Therefore, we should search for the narrow gate – the gate that leads men to heaven.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Cecilia Katigbak
… for the personal intentions of
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo, Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
- Beny Chua
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Sally Lim
- Wedding Anniversary: Eric & Eunice Roxas
- Thanksgiving: Willy, Irah, Ariane, Myrh & Io
- Thanksgiving: George & Anita Dy & W. R. A. & P. Dy
… 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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