Saturday, June 10, 2017
TUESDAY, 9th Week in Ordinary Time
June 6, 2017 – TUESDAY, 9th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Norbert, Bishop and Religious Founder
St. Marcellin Champagnat, Priest and Religious Founder
Tb 2: 9- 14 / Mk 12: 13- 17
St. Norbert (1080 - 1134), born in Germany, was consecrated Archbishop of Magdeburg; he preached religious and moral reforms.
A French priest, St. Marcellin Champgnat (1789 - 1840) founded the Marist Brothers (FMS) for the education of the youth in 1817. Beatified in 1955, he was canonized by Pope St. John Paul II in 1999.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Tb 2: 10b- 12, 14b
Finally I became totally blind. I suffered from blindness for four years. All my brothers were burdened because of me.
My wife Anna worked hard at a woman's task, weaving. On the seventh day of the month of March she cut the cloth and delivered it to her employers. They paid her wages and gave her, over and above, a young goat for food. When she returned home the kid began to cry. I said to her, "Where does this little kid come from? Did you steal it? Return it to its owners for we are not allowed to eat anything that is stolen." ...
She replied, "What about your own almsgiving and your good deeds? I have to put up with all this from you."
GOSPEL READING: Mk 12: 13- 17
They sent to Jesus some Pharisees with members of Herod's party, with the purpose of trapping him in his own words. They came and said to Jesus, "Master, we know that you are true; you are not influenced by anyone and your answers do not vary according to who is listening to you but you truly teach God's way. Tell us, is it against the Law to pay taxes to Caesar? Should we pay them or not?"
But Jesus saw through their trick and answered, "Why are you testing me? Bring me a silver coin and let me see it." They brought him one and Jesus asked, "Whose head is this, and whose name?" They answered, "Caesar's." Then Jesus said, "Return to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's." And they were greatly astonished.
In the first reading, Tobit, a righteous and God-fearing Jew, becomes blind from birds' droppings. His wife, Anna, had to work for them to live. She rebukes Tobit, "What about your own almsgiving and your good deeds? I have to put up with all this from you."
"Why do bad things happen to good people?" many ask. A simple answer could be, "Why not!" The Lord Jesus did many good things and yet the chief priests and the leaders of the Jews had him crucified.
In the Gospel reading, Jesus acknowledges the world of Caesar and God's. Of course, an unjust government could also tax unjustly. Churches do a lot of good for people and thus in many countries they are given various privileges.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
DR. EVELYN GONZAGA
TIMOTHY GOTAMCO TAN
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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