Sunday, June 18, 2017
MONDAY, 11th Week in Ordinary Time
June 19, 2017 – MONDAY, 11th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Romuald, Abbot Green
2 Cor 6: 1 - 10 / Mt 5: 38- 42
St. Romuald (d. 1027), an Italian Benedictine from a noble family, founded the Camaldolese monks in 980.
FROM THE FIRST READING: 2 Cor 6: 3- 7
We are concerned not to give anyone any occasion to stumble or criticize our mission. Instead we prove we are true ministers of God in every way by our endurance in so many trials, in hardships, afflictions, floggings, imprisonment, riots, fatigue, sleepless nights and days of hunger.
People can notice in our upright life, knowledge, patience and kindness, action of the Holy Spirit, sincere love, words of truth and power of God. So we fight with the weapons of justice, to attack as well as to defend.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 5: 38- 42
Jesus said to his disciples, "You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you this: do not oppose evil with evil; if someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn and offer the other. If someone sues you in court for your shirt, give your coat as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give when asked and do not turn your back on anyone who wants to borrow from you."
The Scripture readings tell us that to be a follower of Christ entails challenges such as avoiding evil and loving one's enemies. One does not have to look so far to come across one's "enemies": they could be among family, among friends and co-workers. To love one's enemies is to extend compassion and forgiveness on them, just as Jesus did. Jesus died on the cross for us, when we were his enemies.
Love is a choice, especially for those difficult to love. Choosing to use kind words instead of answering back, extending compassion instead of revenge and hatred can work wonders. We Christians are called to mirror Jesus' unconditional love for others. Just as we seek and ask for God's forgiveness for our failures, we should be ready to forgive others for their transgressions against us.
It is by the urging and grace of the Holy Spirit that we are able to accept and forgive those who have wronged us, to overcome our human tendencies of anger and pride, revenge and judgment of others. It is in choosing to love and forgive that we show our own repentance before God.
Let us ask the Holy Spirit for the strength to show compassion, forgiveness and love for all, especially those who are so difficult to love.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
AUNG SAN SUU KYI
EMELINDA TECK YU
For the healing and recovery of Rosy Reinoso.
For the repose of the soul of William Uy.
For the speedy recovery and complete healing of Renan Lacida.
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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