27 June 2016
Monday, 13th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church;
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Am 2 :6-10, 13–16 / Mt 8:18 – 22
St. Cyril of Alexandria (376 - 444) was Patriarch of Alexandria and a key theologian at the General Council of Ephesus (431) on the divine motherhood of Mary.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help is associated with a famous Byzantine icon from the 15th century; the Redemptorists were appointed by Pope Pius IX in 1865 to be the custodians and the missonaries of the icon.
From the 1st Reading: Am 2:6
Yahweh says this: "Because Israel has sinned, not once but three times and even more, I will not relent. They sell the just for money and the needy for a pair of sandals; they tread on the head of the poor and trample them upon the dust of the earth, while they silence the right of the afflicted; a man and his father go to the same woman to profane my holy name; they stretch out upon garments taken in pledge, beside every altar; they take the wine of those they swindle and are drunk in the house of their God.
Gospel Reading: Mt 8:18 - 22
When Jesus saw the crowd press around him, he gave orders to cross to the other shore. A teacher of the Law approached him and said, "Master, I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.''
Another disciple said to him, "Lord, let me go and bury my father first." But Jesus answered him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."
We Christians pray, proclaiming to all, that we "will follow the Lord wherever he goes."
In our daily life, do we really do so? Don't we usually tell our Lord, "I need to work as I have a deadline to meet or I need to rush to buy stuff in the supermarket or the mall because of the one-day sale, or fix the car, or relax in the beach, etc. and then I will pray! By that time, we are tired and spent and ready to sleep out. Doesn't it seem like we are allocating our lowest energy time to our Lord, thus putting him at lowest priority, he created us and sustains us?
Jesus' statement that the "Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head" emphasizes our imbalance of values or priorities. He keeps knocking into each person's heart for a place to reside and many times we simply choose to ignore him, and prefer to pursue our day-to-day day routines and tasks and to attend instead to our mundane needs.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Lourdes Chua Lim
Elsa & Paolo
Enrique & Lizanne 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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