Monday, June 22, 2015


TUESDAY, 12th Week in Ordinary Time

June 23, 2015 TUESDAY, 12th Week in Ordinary Time
Gn13: 2, 5 – 18 / Mt 7:  6, 12 - 14

Reading: Gn13: 2, 5 – 18
     Now Abram was very rich in flocks, silver and gold. 
     Lot who went with Abram also had flocks, cattle and tents. The land was not sufficient to allow them to stay together, for their possessions were too great for them to live together.
     A quarrel arose between the herdsmen of Abram's flock and those of Lot. (The Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land at the time.) Abram said to Lot, "Don't let there be a dispute between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and yours, since we are brothers! Isn't the whole land there before you? Let us part company. If you go to the left, I will go to the right; if you go to the right, I will go to the left."
     Lot looked up and saw the whole valley of the Jordan: how well it was watered! Before Yahweh destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, this was like one of Yahweh's gardens, like the country of Egypt, on coming to Zoar. Lot chose for himself all the Jordan valley and journeyed eastward. In this way they separated from each other. Abram settled in the country of Canaan while Lot lived among the towns of the plain and moved his tent as far as Sodom. Now the people of Sodom were wicked, sinning greatly against Yahweh.
     Yahweh said to Abram after Lot had left him, "Raise your eyes and look from where you are, towards the north, the south, the east and the west; all the land you see I will give to you and your descendants forever. I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; if the grains of the dust can be counted, then your descendants may be counted. Come, travel through the length and breadth of the land, for it is to you that I am giving it."
     So Abram moved his tent and came to live by the oak of Mamre at Hebron. There he built an altar to Yahweh.

Gospel: Mt 7:6, 12 - 14
     Jesus said, "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; or throw your pearls to the pigs:  they might trample on them and even turn on you and tear you to pieces.
     "So, do to others whatever you would that others do to you:  there you have the Law and the Prophets
     "Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many go that way. How narrow is the gate that leads to life and how rough the road; few there are who find it."

     Matthew speaks to us of two gates, a wide gate and a narrow gate. It is so easy for many to enter the wide gate with an approach to a wide road, but it may lead to destruction. Only a few choose to enter the narrow gate for a narrow pathway.
     How often did we hear the phrase: In everything you do, prepare for it correctly.
     In recent times so many people have joined the healthy lifestyle fad. This even entailed engaging in weekly fun runs and graduating into complex long distance events. In all of these distances, whether it is a 5k, a full 42k marathon, or a triathlon, there is a corresponding training program on how you will prepare for the event. The participant may choose to follow the program or just shortcut the plan and just show up on the event itself. Pain would always be there in both instances, but the suffering on race day was the question. Almost always, the person with the proper preparation would suffer less.
     What does this mean? We have to fully comprehend what we are entering.  We can take it easy and use a short cut, but we will pay for it eventually, for we will not be ready when a big ticket item is on the line. The daily grind, the morning exercise routine, the strict compliance to a fitness program, definitely pays out dividends in the long run, literally and figuratively.
     A consistent prayer life prepares us for the challenges that come our way. Set aside enough funds, whether spiritual or physical, for a rainy day. The easy route is inviting, but it is the struggle, the climb that will strengthen us. Do not expect to finish a marathon when we have not even attempted a short distance race. If we do not learn to walk and build up our endurance, we might not be able to reach the finish line.
     Jesus, we know life is hard, but we will refuse to do the shortcut. We need your help in this journey. Let us always find our source of strength in your love and mercy.




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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