"How often shall I forgive?"

Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?"

Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.  "Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.  When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents;  and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, `Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.'  And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.  But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, `Pay what you owe.'  So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, `Have patience with me, and I will pay you.'  He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.  When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken  place.  Then his lord summoned him and said to him, `You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me;  and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?'  And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt.  So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart."

- Matthew 18:21-35

Meditation: Who doesn't have debts they need to pay off! And who wouldn't be grateful to have someone release them from their debts? But can we really expect mercy and pardon when we owe someone a great deal? When the people of Israel sinned and rebelled against God, God left them to their own devices until they repented and cried out to him for mercy. The Book of Daniel in the Old Testament recounts the story of Daniel and his three young friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, who were sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. When the King of Babylon threw Daniel's three friends into the fiery furnace, they cried out to God to have mercy not only on themselves, but to have mercy upon all his people. "Do not put us to shame, but deal with us in your forbearance and in your abundant mercy" (Daniel 3:19-43).

"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love. Where there is injury let me sow pardon. Where there is doubt let me sow faith. Where there is despair let me give hope. Where there is darkness let me give light. Where there is sadness let me give joy." (Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi, 1181-1226)

 

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“This is to heighten community involvement by mobilizing the support of local stakeholders, volunteers, civic organizations, faith-based organizations, and the private sectors in the fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption,” he  explained.

The MASA MASID team will be composed of the barangay captain, chairman of the Peace and Order Committee and a representative from the non-government organization in the community.

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It will also encourage the support of interfaith leaders in incorporating anti-illegal drug advocacy in their services and forge partnership with local organizations whose primary mission is to fight illegal drugs.  

MASA MASID is a barangay-based anti-criminality, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs program which encourages multi-sectoral partnership to intensify the spirit of volunteerism at the community level. By: Marcelo B. Lihgawon  (JDP/MBL-– PIA CAR, Ifugao)

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Daily Reading

"You are not far from the kingdom of God"

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which  commandment is the first of all?"  Jesus answered, "The first is, `Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; 

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"God's kingdom has come upon you"

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"Whoever relaxes one of the commandments "

"Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.

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"How often shall I forgive?"

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Joseph did as the angel commanded him

Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 

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A spring of water welling up to eternal life

So he came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.  Jacob's well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

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"Father, I have sinned against heaven and you"

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."

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