Monday, August 26, 2013
MEMORIAL, SAINT MONICA
MEMORIAL, SAINT MONICA
TUESDAY 21ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
1 Thes 2:1-8 / Ps 139: 1-3. 4-6 / Mt 23:23-26
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
You well know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not in vain. We had been ill-treated and insulted in Philippi but, trusting in our God, we dared announce to you the message of God, and face fresh opposition. Our warnings did not conceal any error or impure motive, nor did we deceive anyone. But as God had entrusted his Gospel to us as to faithful ministers, we were anxious to please God who sees the heart, rather than human beings. We never pleased you with flattery, as you know, nor did we try to earn money, as God knows. We did not try to make a name for ourselves among people, either with you or anybody else, although we were messengers of Christ and could have made our weight felt. On the contrary, we were gentle with you, as a nursing mother who feeds and cuddles her baby. And so great is our concern that we are ready to give you, as well as the Gospel, even our very lives, for you have become very dear to us.
Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You do not forget the mint, anise and cumin seeds when you demand the tenth of everything, but then you forget what is most fundamental in the Law: justice, mercy and faith. These you must practice, instead of neglecting them. Blind guides! You strain out a mosquito, but swallow a camel. Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You fill the plate and the cup with theft and violence, and then pronounce a blessing over them. Blind Pharisee! Purify the inside first, then the outside too will be purified.
Today is the feast of St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine, the great and illustrious bishop and doctor of the Church. St. Monica was born a Christian and she married Patricius, a pagan noble, with whom she had three sons. She shed many tears and said many prayers to God for her son Augustine's conversion, and God answered her prayers. When she was dying, she said to him, "Nothing in this life gives me any more pleasure. I had wanted to live longer in order to see you become a Christian. But now that you have become one, what am I still on this earth for?" These are the words of a Christian mother. In the first reading, St. Paul felt so devoted towards his converts as a mother looks after her children that he was eager to give his whole life for them. This is what St. Monica did – she prayed unceasingly for her family's conversion and gave her life for them.
True love of family and friends is to bring them to love God. St. Monica was like that. God was always first and foremost in her mind and heart. When one of her sons was concerned about where to bury her after her death, she said, "Bury my body wherever you will, do not be concerned about that. One thing only I ask you (Augustine), that you remember me at the altar of the Lord." This is what all Christian parents should do – make their children always mindful of their Christian duties, to put God first in their lives. The greatest joy of a parent, teacher, missionary or catechist should be to see their wards becoming dedicated to God and not to something else.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of Joy Droke
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
- Soraya Reyes
… In Thanksgiving for the birthday of Mary Joy Billanes
… In memoriam: Eriberta Calvario
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Inocencio B. Bajala. 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: Abeth Go
- In Memoriam (+): Eduardo Gochinghai
… 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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