Monday, August 18, 2014
Tuesday 20TH Week in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 20TH Week in Ordinary Time
[St. John Eudes; St. Ezechiel Moreno]
Ez 28: 1-10 / Dt 32:26-27ab, 27cd-28, 30, 35cd-36ab / Mt 19:23-30
Reading: Ez 28: 1-10
The word of Yahweh came to me in these terms, "Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre: You consider yourself wiser than Daniel; Your wisdom and know-how have earned you a fortune, Clever in trade, you became wealthy But now Yahweh has spoken to you, I am bringing foreigners against you, They will bring you down to the pit Will you be able to say 'I am a god' You will die the death of the uncircumcised and perish at the hands of aliens.
Gospel: Matthew 19: 23-30
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly I say to you: it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Yes, believe me: it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven." On hearing this the disciples were astonished and said, "Who, then, can be saved?" Jesus looked steadily at them and answered, "For humans it is impossible, but for God all things are possible." Then Peter spoke up and said, "You see we have given up everything to follow you: what will be our lot?" Jesus answered, "You who have followed me, listen to my words: on the Day of Renewal, when the Son of Man sits on his throne in glory, you, too, will sit on twelve thrones to rule the twelve tribes of Israel. As for those who have left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or property for my Name's sake, they will receive a hundredfold and be given eternal life. Many who are now first will be last, and many who are now last will be first.
Every year God invites us to enter and to experience conversion. At some point in our life, we desire to convert sinners and friends alike. But our dilemma is where and how to begin. St. John Eudes had a great insight on that and he said, "Let us give ourselves to God with a great desire to begin to live, and thus beg Him to destroy in us the life of the world of sin and to establish His life within us."
In today's readings, God is calling us to live our life with Him. The first reading admonishes us not to consider ourselves equal to God because He is infinitely more powerful. We may not be aware of it, but more often than not we like to play God. We want to succeed and to have everything because deep inside us we want to be accepted and appreciated. If we are looking for recognition and appreciation from people, we will never be satisfied. But with God, our longings can be fulfilled. Once we have truly met Him, we will just want to please Him and nobody else. There is no need to prove ourselves to God because He loves us as we are, weak and sinful. Instead of accumulating material things, accolades, praises, medals, etc., we realize that in order to encounter Him again and again, we must give up material things, enjoy less pleasures and give up our self-seeking plans. God is offering us a treasure that we can enjoy someday and that is eternal life in heaven with Him. That is something worth investing in with 100% guarantee of return of happiness and peace.
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
... for the birthday intentions of Kaye Go
... for the special intentions of Alfonso Marquez III
... for the special intentions and healing of Nick Lucena
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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