Tuesday, June 27, 2017
WEDNESDAY, 12TH Week in Ordinary Time
June 28, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 12TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. lrenaeus, Bishop and Martyr
Gn 15: 1 - 12, 17- 18 / Mt 7: 15 – 20
Born in Smyrna, St. lrenaeus (125 - 203) was a disciple of St. Polycarp (d.
155). He preached against Gnosticism and wrote an important treatise against the Gnostics. He became Bishop of Lyons and sent missionaries to various parts of France.
FROM THE FIRST READING: Gn 15: 1, 18
After this the word of Yahweh was spoken to Abram in a vision, "Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward will be very great." ...
On that day Yahweh made a covenant with Abram saying, "To your descendants I have given this country from the river of Egypt to the Great River, the Euphrates."
GOSPEL READING: Mt 7: 15- 20
Jesus said to his disciples, "Beware of false prophets: they come to you in sheep's clothing but inside they are wild wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Do you ever pick grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
"A good tree always produces good fruit, a rotten tree produces bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit and a rotten tree cannot bear good fruit. Any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So you will know them by their fruit.
We live in a world of contradictions. Lots of people today say one thing but mean another. It is easy to be victims of so-called religious leaders who show compassion but have hidden agenda; they know and say the right words, like a performance they do.
But as much as we need to be wary of false prophets and others who use religion to advance their selfish intentions, we do have to reflect on how we should live our Christian faith.
A leader I knew and respected told me that the worst thing you could do to a person is to make him/her believe that you care for him/her, when indeed you do not. A so-called leader by name could do that, but a true leader strives to make a genuine connection with others, know them well and see where they are coming from.
Jesus lived and taught the people in the way he wanted us to live. He made efforts to know his followers, to know their dreams and their fears. He connected with those he met, sinners and true followers. He did this out of his love for
people. It is this kind of love he urges us to live.
There are no prerequisites to the following of Christ: it is free of hypocrisy and of trappings. All we have to do is to love Christ and allow ourselves to be loved by him: no preconditions or pretenses needed.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
MARK JEFFERSON A. MAGAOAY
BOY & NENA FULE
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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