Monday, June 20, 2016


Tuesday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time

21 June 2016

Tuesday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time              

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious

Memorial.  White.  


2 Kgs 19:9b –11, 14 – 21, 31 – 35a, 36 / Mt 7:6, 12-14


Born of a noble Italian family, St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568 – 1591) died as a Jesuit scholastic, with his health broken while nursing the plague-stricken.


From the 1st Reading: 2 Kgs: 19: 15 -19

Hezekiah prayed saying, "O Yahweh, God of hosts and God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim!  You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made the heavens and the earth.  Give ear, Yahweh, and hear! Open your eyes and see!  Listen to all the words of Sennacherib who has sent men to insult the living God!  It is true, Yahweh, that the kings of Assyrian have laid waste all the countries of the earth.  They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not true gods but gods made of wood and stone by human hands.  Now, O Yahweh our God, save us from his hand and let all the kingdoms of the earth know that you alone, Yahweh, are God."


Gospel Reading: 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."



In this Gospel reading, Jesus teaches his listeners that they must go beyond the requirement of the Law and the Prophets to avoid wrongdoings, and to actively do good to others. 


This is what William Barclay calls "The Everest of Ethics," the summit of the Sermon on the Mount (Barclay, The Daily Study Bible Series). It puts emphasis not on the negative side of the moral law (avoid sin), but on doing what good we can to help everyone around us – at home, in school, in the office, in the hospital, on the road, in any place we may be.  This is closely related to the second point Jesus stressed – to take the narrow and more difficult, rather than the wide and easy, path.   


Jesus is now leaving the choice to us – shall I enter the wide gate and go through the easy road that may lead to ruin?  Or am I willing to discard the unnecessary baggage in my life so that I can follow my Lord and Master in the narrow, difficult road that leads to everlasting happiness.





     Luis Antonio G Cardinal Tagle, DD


Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 


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