Sunday, June 10, 2018
MONDAY, 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
June 11, 2018 – MONDAY, 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
St. Barnabas, Apostle
Acts 11: 21b- 26; 13: 1-3 / Mt 5: 1 – 12
St. Barnabas, a companion of St. Paul the Apostle, was stoned to death in
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 11: 24; 12: 2
Meanwhile the word of God was increasing and spreading....
On one occasion while they were celebrating the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said to them, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul and send them to do the work for which I have called them."
GOSPEL READING: Mt 5: 1 - 12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain. He sat down and his disciples gathered around him. Then he spoke and began to teach them: "Fortunate are those who have the spirit of the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Fortunate are those who mourn, they shall be comforted. Fortunate are the gentle, they shall possess the land. Fortunate are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.
"Fortunate are the merciful, for they shall find mercy. Fortunate are those with a pure heart, for they shall see God.. Fortunate are those who work for peace, they shall be called children of God. Fortunate are those persecuted for the cause of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Fortunate are you, when people insult you and speak all kinds of evil against you because you are my followers, for a great reward is kept for you in God. This is how this people persecuted the prophets who lived before you."
In the first reading we see the amazing spread of the Gospel message and the number of believers in the early Church, especially through the ministry and travels of St. Paul.
In the Gospel reading, the Beatitudes give us values to aspire for. The Beatitudes give us hope to move forward in very difficult times and challenges. The Beatitudes promise light and joy at the end of sorrow and pains in this life.
All want to experience the joys of the heavenly kingdom: the Beatitudes tell us that heaven will be enjoyed by the poor in spirit, the gentle and merciful, the pure of heart and the peace-makers, and those persecuted for justice's sake.
In a way the Beatitudes also tell us that we can have a "foretaste" of the joy and glory of heaven even now in earth. We will be blessed if we live in poverty of spirit, in being merciful and pure of heart, in working for peace and in being ready to be persecuted for the cause of truth and justice. Indeed these choices are not the usual choices or preferences of men and women of this world. But we are men and women seeking and living the kingdom of God even while we live in this world.
Do we want to be among the "fortunate" in the kingdom of God, even now and forever in heaven?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Caesar & Melissa Wongchuking
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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