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Transformative Power of Humility and Prayer

Background Music: Panalangin by Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Sr.Venus Marie S. Pegar, sfx
                      Sisters of St. Francis Xavier

June 18, Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: 1 Kings 21:17-29; Matthew 5:43-48

God wanted to punish Ahab for murdering Naboth. Through Elijah, God sent a message to King Ahab about the consequences he and his bloodline would face for killing the innocent Naboth.

When Ahab heard these words, he tore his garments and put on sackcloth. He fasted, slept in the sackcloth, and went about subdued.

Because of this humility, God did not bring the planned punishment upon Ahab.

In today's Gospel, Jesus encourages his followers to love their enemies and pray for their persecutors.

Loving an enemy is not easy, but prayer can bring about profound inner changes that transform both the individual and the opponent.

During a conflict with a former superior, the superior insisted the person was at fault, despite knowing the decision made was correct. The person offered a prayer for the superior to understand the situation and recognize the reasoning behind the decision.

The next day, the superior's attitude changed significantly, and she fully understood what had happened.

Call to Action for Catholic Living: Lord, help us to love our enemies and persecutors. Amen!


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