Tuesday, June 20, 2017
WEDNESDAY, 11th Week in Ordinary Time
June 21, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 11th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
2 Cor 9: 6- 11 / Mt 6: 1 - 6, 16- 18
Born of a noble Italian family, St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568 - 1591) died as a Jesuit scholastic, with his health broken while nursing the plague-stricken.
FROM THE FIRST READING: 2 Cor 9: 6- 9
The one who sows meagerly will reap meagerly, and there shall be generous harvests for the one who sows generously. Each of you should give as you decided personally, and not reluctantly as if obliged. God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to fill you with every good thing, so that you have enough of everything at all times, and may give abundantly for any good work. Scripture says: He distributed, he gave to the poor, his good works last forever.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mt 6: 1 - 4
Jesus said to his disciples, "Be careful not to make a show of your righteousness before people. If you do so, you do not gain anything from your Father in heaven. When you give something to the poor, do not have it trumpeted before you, as do those who want to be seen in the synagogues and in the streets in order to be praised by people. I assure you they have already been paid in full.
"If you give something to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your gift remains really secret. Your Father who sees what is kept secret will reward you."
One of the memorable homilies I remember was from our school head before we graduated from High School, "Go, make money and be rich!"
It was just before our graduation. He paused a few moments to let his words sink in. "Magpakayaman kayo," he reiterated. We were not quite sure what he was saying, what he meant. Why was our school head urging us to become rich, rather than to live simple lives?
Having caught our attention, he then explained that wealth was both boon and bane. With it we could live good lives; but it could also corrupt us. Too much attention and desire for wealth could lead us to sin.
The challenge, he continued, was to have financial capacity not only for ourselves but more for the marginalized. Every peso we earned could help those who needed it. Give abundantly when we could. With this generous mindset we avoid the temptation of wanting more just to have more.
It is not bad to aspire for a comfortable life. But as we work for it, especially as we achieve it, let us not ignore our brothers and sisters who do not have the capacity or opportunity or resources to have the same. It is our responsibility to share with others cheerfully and generously so that they do not get left behind.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
RON JOSEPH F. QUENANGAN
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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