Thursday, June 21, 2018


Sts. John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs

June 22, 2018 – FRIDAY, 11th Week in Ordinary Time 

St. Paulinus of Nola, Bishop 

Sts. John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs



2 Kgs 11: 1 - 4, 9- 18, 20 / Mt 6: 19 – 23


St. Paulinus of Nola (355 - 431) born of a noble family in Bordeaux, was successively Prefect, Senator and Consul. Converted to Christianity he became Bishop of Nola.


Sts. John Fisher (1469 - 1535), Bishop of Rochester and Chancellor of Cambridge University, and Thomas More (1478 - 1535), humanist and Lord Chancellor to King Henry VIII of England, gave up their lives in testimony to the true unity of the Church and the indissolubility of Christian marriage.


GOSPEL READING:           Mt 6: 19- 23

Jesus said, "Do not store up treasure for yourself here on earth where moth and rust destroy it, and where thieves can steal it. Store up treasure for yourself with God, where no moth or rust can destroy nor thief come and steal it. For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be.


"The lamp of the body is the eye: if your eyes are sound, your whole body will be in the light. If your eyes are diseased your whole body will be in darkness. Then, if your light has become darkness, how dark will be the darkest part of you."



Today's Gospel reading is among the collection of teachings of Jesus in the

Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew.


Jesus tells us not to store up treasures on earth, treasures which may not last because "moth and rust [may] destroy it" or "thieves can steal it." Instead store up treasure in heaven, with and before God. Jesus spoke a lot about having trust in the care and providence of God our Father: ""Do not worry and say: What are we going to eat? What are we going to drink? Or what shall we wear? .. your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your hearts first on the kingdom of God and justice of God and all these things will also be given to you." (Mt 6: 31 - 33)


In another occasion Jesus spoke against greed and building up great possessions on earth, like the rich man who planned to build bigger barns for his great harvests: "But God said to him: 'You fool! This very night your life will be taken from you; tell me who shall get all you have put aside?' This is the lot of the one who stores up riches instead of amassing for God." (Lk 12: 20- 21)


When Jesus speaks of our "eye," he was speaking about our conscience which directs our choices and actions. If our consciences are sound, so will our actions be. But if our consciences are erroneous, we will be led astray into wrongdoing. With God's grace and due guidance, may we have correct consciences to lead us in our lives.





     Jennifer Co Clemente

     Paulino Ongtenco


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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