Tuesday, August 13, 2013
WEDNESDAY 19TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
MEMORIAL, SAINT MAXIMILIAN MARY KOLBE, PRIEST AND MARTYR
WEDNESDAY 19TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Dt 34:1-12 / Ps 66: 1-3a. 5 and 8. 16-17 / Mt 18:15-20
From the barren plain of Moab, Moses went up to Mount Nebo, to the summit of Pisgah, opposite Jericho. And Yahweh showed him all the Land: from Gilead to Dan, the whole of Naphtali, the land of Ephraim, and of Manasseh, the whole land of Judah, as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, the Plains, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. And Yahweh said to him: "This is the land about which I swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, promising it to their descendants. I have let you see it with your own eyes, but you shall not enter it." Moses, the servant of God, died there in the land of Moab, according to the will of Yahweh. They buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Bethpeor; but to this very day, no one knows where his tomb is. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died. He did not lose his vigor and his eyes still saw clearly. The children of Israel mourned for him in the plains of Moab for thirty days. But Joshua, son of Nun, was full of the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands upon him. The children of Israel obeyed him and did as Yahweh had commanded Moses. No prophet like Moses has appeared again. Yahweh conversed with him face to face. What signs and wonders he worked in Egypt against Pharaoh, against his people and all his land! What a powerful hand was his that worked these terrible things in the sight of all Israel!
If your brother has sinned against you, go and point out the fault, when the two of you are in private, and if he listens to you, you have won your brother. If he doesn't listen to you, take with you one or two others, so that the case may be decided by the evidence of two or three witnesses. And if he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the assembled Church. But if he does not listen to the Church, then regard such a one as a pagan, or a publican. I say to you: whatever you bind on earth, heaven will keep bound; and whatever you unbind on earth, heaven will keep unbound. In like manner, I say to you: if, on earth, two of you are united in asking for anything, it will be granted to you by my heavenly Father; for where two or three are gathered in my Name, I am there among them."
"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends," Jesus said. This is exactly what St. Maximilian Kolbe did at Auschwitz, the infamous concentration camp in Poland. On Aug. 14, 1941, he offered to take the place of a condemned prisoner and died a martyr. But who is this Polish saint who was canonized by Blessed John Paul II? He was a Conventual Franciscan who was ordained priest in Rome. He had a deep devotion to Mother Mary and promoted a Marian sodality in Poland and other parts of the world. He went to Japan as a missionary to spread Christianity before being martyred at Auschwitz.
St. Maximilian lived the life of a missionary and of dedication to Jesus and Mary. In one letter he said, "The most resplendent manifestation of God's glory is the salvation of souls. To work for the salvation and sanctification of souls is the preeminent purpose of the apostolic life." He also said, "Let us love our loving Father with all our hearts. Jesus Christ crucified is our sublime guide toward growth in God's love. We will learn this lesson more quickly through the Immaculate Virgin whom God has made the dispenser of His mercy." Because of his apostolic zeal, St. Maximilian became a missionary and because of his love for the Father, he followed in the footsteps of Jesus and gave up his life as a supreme sacrifice of charity. Let us pray to St. Maximilian whenever our hearts become hardened and indifferent to others. He will inspire us to love our fellowmen out of love for God.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the personal intentions of Beny Chua
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Asterio Buquiron. 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: Omie A. Inocencio
- Birthday: Rene dela Calzada
- Wedding Anniversary: Augusto & Gloria Dacanay
- Wedding Anniversary: Victory & Olivia Dy Sun
… 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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