Thursday, June 20, 2019
FRIDAY, 11TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
2 Cor 11: 18, 21 – 30 / Mt 6: 19 – 23
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 1ST READING: 2 Cor 11: 23 – 27
Are they ministers of Christ? (I begin to talk like a madman.) I am better than they. Better than they with my numerous labors. Better than they with the time spent in prison. The beatings I received are beyond comparison. How many times have I found myself in danger of death! Five times the Jews sentenced me to thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with a rod, once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked, and once I spent a night and a day adrift on the high seas.
I have been continually in hazards of traveling because of rivers, because of bandits, because of my fellow Jews, or because of the pagans; in danger in the city, in the open country, at sea; in danger from false brothers. I have worked and often labored without sleep, I have been hungry and thirsty and starving, cold and without shelter.
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 it, 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 readings ask us to take a view that differs from the world. In the first reading, St. Paul describes what he has undergone and suffered for his beliefs. How many people would suffer what Paul suffered for his beliefs? The holy Martyrs did; many Christians past and present have suffered much for their faith. So can we, with the grace of God.
In the Gospel reading, the Lord talks about what should be at the center of every human heart. This perspective of what is the most important in everyone's life should be those that robbers cannot steal or those that cannot be destroyed. Rather, what should be at the center of our hearts are treasures with God, which no moth or rust can destroy.
Let us ask ourselves then, what is of greatest value to us? What is truly the most important thing in our lives? Are we willing to suffer and sacrifice for these?
May we trust in what the Lord told us, "Set your heart first on the kingdom and justice of God and all these things will also be given to you. (Mt 6: 33)
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Ron Joseph F. Quenangan
His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal G. Tagle
Have a good day!
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