16 August 2016
Tuesday, 20th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Rock (Roque)
St. Stephen of Hungary
Ez 28:1–11 / Mt 19:23 – 30
St. Roch (San Roque) (1295 – 1327) was a French nobleman commonly invoked against the plaque.
St. Stephen of Hungary (969/70 – 1038), King of Hungary for 42 years, guided his people towards Christianity by admitting missionaries from Bavaria; he also founded many monasteries.
Gospel Reading: Mt 19: 23 - 30
On hearing this answer, the young man went away sad for he was a man of great wealth.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly I say to you: it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Yes, believe me: it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven."
On hearing this the disciples were astonished and said, "Who, then, can be saved?" Jesus looked steadily at them and answered, "For humans it is impossible, but for God all things are possible."
Then Peter spoke up and said, "You see we have given up everything to follow you: what will be our lot?"
Jesus answered, "You who have followed me, listen to my words: on the Day of Renewal, when the Son of Man sits on his throne in glory, you, too, will sit on twelve thrones to rule the twelve tribes of Israel. As for those who have left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or property for my Name's sake, they will receive a hundredfold and be given eternal life. Many who are now first will be last, and many who are now last will be first."
To have more in life is great, but that shouldn't distract us from reaching out to others. There must be some balance on our part to share these blessings because many do not have what they need to live a life of dignity. How can those who are "rich" continue to hold on to their possessions when such a situation exists? If we have more, we are obliged to give more for the obvious reason that we are able to do so.
Wealth, used in a disordered fashion, can give us a false sense of security. When we become too obsessed with wealth, this may also lead us into hurtful desires and selfishness. The scriptures give us an irony: we lose what we keep and we gain what we give away. Generosity will be amply repaid, both in this life and in eternity. (Pro 3: 9 - 10, Lk 6: 38)
Jesus offers us a unique treasure which no money can buy and no thief can steal. What we value most is our greatest treasure. If we become too enamored with material wealth, we may become slaves of this earth. We invest our spiritual wealth and health in God and his eternal kingdom. Let us examine ourselves, what is our greatest treasure?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Marie Cheryll L. Larua
Norma B. Villegas
Fr. Roque Ferriols, SJ
Annabel Uy Braganza
For the repose of the souls of Bernardo Santiago Sr., Dr. Soterania C. Santiago, Amado C. Santiago, Bernardo C. Santiago Jr.
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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