17 June 2016
Friday, 11th Week in Ordinary Time
2 Kgs 11:1- 4, 9 - 18, 20 / Mt 6:19 – 23
Gospel Reading: Mt 6:19 – 23
Jesus said, "Do not store up treasure for yourself here on earth where moth and rust destroy it, and where thieves can steal it. Store up treasure for yourself with God, where no moth or rust can destroy nor thief come and steal it. For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be.
"The lamp of the body is the eye; if your eyes are sound, your whole body will be in the light. If your eyes are diseased your whole body will be in darkness. Then, if your light has become darkness, how dark will be the darkest part of you!"
What do you value most at present? It could become an obstacle to follow Christ. Affection binds us to people and not to God.
Many vocations to religious life are put aside because of familial ties. Fornication becomes part of the relationship of unmarried couples because there is fear of losing the partner if either one opts for chastity. Peer pressure obliges one to accede even if it is against his or her conscience. Absolute pursuit of wealth and security can make us relentless and indifferent to the needs of others.
What does it mean to "store up treasure for yourself with God?" You can make a money transfer not only to your local bank, but to the bank in heaven through serious donations to help the poor and the afflicted.
Offer your barkada time to be with the family and bond with siblings and parents. Chaste relationships are a good investment for a better marriage, because they entail sacrifice.
These are treasures that do not get destroyed or eaten up by moths and woodworms. Why do so many people live as if there is no afterlife and so they live only to enjoy the things of this world? Heaven exists, brothers and sister. It is a place full of light, happiness and unending joy. So look for the things of heaven. They are what can truly satisfy and give lasting peace and joy.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Dante & Mariza Cenido
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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