Monday, June 26, 2017
TUESDAY, 12th Week in Ordinary Time
June 27, 2017 – TUESDAY, 12th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Gn 13: 2, 5- 18 / Mt 7: 6, 12- 14
St. Cyril of Alexandria (376 - 444) was Patriarch of Alexandria and a key theologian at the General Council of Ephesus (431) on the divine motherhood of Mary.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help is associated with a famous Byzantine icon from the 15th century; the Redemptorists were appointed by Pope Pius IX in 1865 to be the custodians and missionaries of the icon.
FROM THE FIRST READING: Gn 13: 14- 18
Yahweh said to Abram after Lot had left him, "Raise your eyes and look from where you are, towards the north, the south, the east and the west; all the land you see I will give to you and your descendants forever. I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; if the grains of the dust can be counted, then your descendants may be counted. Come, travel through the length and breadth of the land, for it is to you that I am giving it.
So Abram moved his tent and came to live by the oak of Mamre at Hebron. There he built an altar to Yahweh.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 7: 6, 12- 14
Jesus said to his disciples, "Do not give what is holy to the dogs or throw your pearls to the pigs; they might trample on them and even turn on you and tear you to pieces....
"So, do to others whatever you would that others do to you: there you have the Law and the Prophets. Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many go that way. How narrow is the gate that leads to life, and how rough the road; few there are who find it."
In the first reading Abram and Lot separate and settle in different lands. God promises Abram land for himself and his descendants.
The Gospel reading gives various sayings of Jesus.
He cautions them about not giving thing of great worth to those unable to understand or appreciate them. Our teaching must be appropriate for those receiving them. Jesus taught in parables so that those who can see could know what he was teaching and those who could not see would not know what he was teaching.
Secondly, he summarizes the Law and the Prophets in a simple statement, "Do to others whatever you would that others do to you."
Thirdly, he reiterates that the road to life and happiness is narrow and rough. Many choose the most pleasant pleasurable things as their values and forget God and his values. The narrow gate mirrors the life of the Lord who chose to be poor so that we could be rich from his poverty.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
LOURDES CHUA LIM
MARIANO JOHN TAN
ENRIQUE & LIZANNE CASTILLO
ELSA & PAOLO
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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