August 10, 2012
St. Lawrence, Deacon, Martyr (Feast)
by Msgr. Bong Lo
First Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-10
Psalm: Psalm 112:1-2, 5-9
Gospel: John 12:24-26
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.
Father Bong emphasized on both the Reading (being a cheerful giver) and the Gospel (“Unless a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat, but if it dies, it produces much fruit.”)
Msgr. Said that as God dies for us, we must also die to ourselves – die to our childishness, die to our desires and vices, our selfishness/self-centeredness, in order to reach our full potential as Christians, in order for us to have a full life, in order for us to be happy. It is through our sacrifice that we are able to give graciously and nourish and strengthen one another, as Christ has done for us.
St. Lawrence the Deacon – Pray for us