Sunday, June 08, 2014
Monday 10th Week in Ordinary Time
Monday 10th Week in Ordinary Time
[Blessed Joseph de Anchieta, St. Ephrem]
1 Kgs 17: 1-6 / Ps 121: 1bc-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 / Mt 5: 1-12
Reading: 1 Kgs 17:1-6
Now Elijah, the prophet from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As Yahweh, the God of Israel whom I serve lives, neither dew shall drop nor rain fall except at my command." Then the word of Yahweh came to Elijah, "Leave this place and go eastward. Hide yourself by the brook Cherith, east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook and, for your food, I have commanded the ravens to feed you there." So Elijah obeyed the word of Yahweh and went to live by the brook Cherith, east of the Jordan. There the ravens brought him bread in the morning and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain. He sat down and his disciples gathered around him. Then he spoke and began to teach them: Fortunate are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Fortunate are those who mourn, they shall be comforted. Fortunate are the gentle, they shall possess the land. Fortunate are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied. Fortunate are the merciful, for they shall find mercy. Fortunate are those with a pure heart, for they shall see God. Fortunate are those who work for peace, they shall be called children of God. Fortunate are those who are persecuted for the cause of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Fortunate are you, when people insult you and persecute you and speak all kinds of evil against you because you are my followers. Be glad and joyful, for a great reward is kept for you in God. This is how this people persecuted the prophets who lived before you.
In the readings we are presented with three different ways on how the Lord responded positively to three different situations which are seemingly unpleasant. In the first reading we hear Elijah interceding for the mother who badmouthed him for the death of her son, yet God grants Elijah his prayer for her. In the second reading we hear about Paul who persecuted the Church but with God's grace, he became the great defender of the Church. On the other hand we also hear of Christ's sensitivity of the people around him. He extends his help even if no one asks him.
Indeed, God is really good and loving. His positive responses to the three different situations should lead us to a deeper reflection in our way of following Christ. How do we respond to the needs of the people around us? Do we help only those who appreciate us? Do we wait to be asked? These are points to reflect on and pray for: that in our day-to-day activities, when faced with such situations, we may be strong enough to be like Elijah and Paul to make a generous and positive response with the help of Christ our leader and Lord.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... 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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