June 9, 2015 TUESDAY, 10TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Jose De Anchieta, Priest
2 Cor 1:18 – 22 / Mt 5: 13 - 16
Reading: 2 Cor 1: 18 – 22
God knows that our dealing with you is not Yes and No, just as the Son of God, Christ Jesus, whom we - Silvanus, Timothy and I - preach to you, was not Yes and No; with him it was simply Yes. In him all the promises of God have come to be a Yes, and we also say in his name: Amen! giving thanks to God. God himself has anointed us and strengthens us with you to serve Christ; he has marked us with his own seal in a first outpouring of the Spirit in our hearts.
Gospel: Mt 5: 13 - 16
Jesus said, "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt has lost its strength, how shall it be made salty again? It has become useless. It can only be thrown away and people will trample it.
"You are the light of the world. A city built on a mountain cannot be hidden.
No one lights a lamp and covers it; instead it is put on a lampstand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before others, so that they may see the good you do and praise your Father in heaven."
"You are the salt of the earth" Recently one of the shows of the History channel showed how a common product such as salt is used for a lot of things. Salt enhances the flavor in our dishes to give us that desired taste. At the time when refrigeration was not yet a common thing, salt was used to transport ice from the northern continents to higher temperature countries so that they can enjoy their drinks. Salt was also used to preserve produce such as meat and fish. Such a simple product and yet so many important and wonderful uses.
Oftentimes we question our individual roles in the world. Some know immediately what roles they are destined to play. Others, however, seem to be still searching for meaning in their lives, day in and day out. No matter how simple our lifestyle may be, each and everyone of us has a role to play. We do not have to be CEOs or occupy high level positions in government to contribute. Being a father or a mother, a traffic aide, a teacher, or whatever we may be, each one of us has a significant role to play.
Salt is made up of tiny crystals. Each piece adds that flavor. If each particle fails to be salty, then the taste of the dish would fall flat. Jesus addresses this message - about being salty - to all of us. No one should feel that he is not worthy to be part of God's kingdom.
This was what St. José de Anchieta (1534 – 1597) did for Brazil. Born in the Canary Islands, this Spanish Jesuit missionary became the father of Brazilian literature. He was instrumental in introducing the Catholic faith to the local Indians. He has been recognized as one of the founders of Sao Paulo in 1554 and Rio de Janeiro in 1565. He lived as "salt" for the Gospel message to the people of Brazil. He was declared a saint by Pope Francis on 03 April 2014.
Through the intercession of St. Jose de Anchieta, may we make our contribution to the betterment of society today.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
TED & ELISA STA. ANA
IN MEMORIAM (+)
AMADA DESEO (DEC 2, 1908 – JUN 9, 1985)
MIGUEL C. UY (AUG 4, 1931 – JUN 9, 2003)
For the special intentions and thanksgiving of Beny Chua.
A birthday prayer request for Carlo Angelo Castillo.
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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