Saturday, June 10, 2017
SATURDAY, 9th Week in Ordinary Time
June 10, 2017 – SATURDAY, 9th Week in Ordinary Time
Tb 12: 1, 5- 15, 20 / Mt 12: 38- 44
FROM THE 1ST READING: Tb 12: 6b- 9a
The angel took Tobit and Tobias to one side and said to them, "Bless God, return thanks to him, proclaim his glory and render him thanks before all the living for all he has done for you...
"Do the works of God. Do good, and evil will not harm you. It is a good thing to accompany prayer with fasting, almsgiving and justice. It is better to do a little with honor than much with injustice. It is better to give alms than to treasure up gold. Almsgiving preserves from death; it purifies from all sin."
GOSPEL READING: Mt 12: 38- 42
Then some teachers of the Law and some Pharisees spoke up, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from you." Jesus answered them, "An evil and unfaithful people want a sign, but no sign will be given them except the sign of the prophet Jonah. In the same way that Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of the monster fish, so will the Son of Man spend three days and three nights in the depths of the earth.
"At the judgment, the people of Nineveh will rise with this generation and condemn it, because they reformed their lives at the preaching of Jonah, and here is greater than Jonah. At the judgment, the Queen of the South will stand up and condemn you. She came from the ends of the earth to listen to the Wisdom of Solomon, and here there is greater than Solomon."
"Do good, and evil will not harm you." (Tb 12:7)
In the first reading the angel Raphael reminds Tobit and Tobias to acknowledge the many good things the Lord had done for them. Raphael stresses that "it is better to give alms than to treasure up gold" (Tb 12: 8) for "Almsgiving preserves from death; it purifies from all sin." (Tb 12: 9)
In the Gospel reading Jesus castigates the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law for their refusal to listen and reform, unlike the Ninevites at the preaching of Jonah and the Queen of the South listening to Solomon where "here [there] is greater than Jonah" and "here [there] is greater than Solomon."
Knowledge of the Law alone does not bring salvation; good works and generosity do. Like the poor widow at the Temple who gave all she had, to give until it hurts has always been a constant calling and challenge to all.
May we develop the capacity to see truth and wisdom. May we develop the generosity to give, even if the recipient is undeserving, and receive the grace to see Christ with and among our neighbors, especially the poor and in need.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
NICK ALEXANDER & GERALDINE GAZO
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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