Saturday, August 19, 2017

 

20th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

August 20, 2017 - 20th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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Is 56:1, 6 -7 / Rom 11: 13 -15, 29- 32 / Mt 15: 21- 28

 

2nd READING:   Rom 11: 13 - 15, 29- 32

     Listen to me, you who are not Jews. I am spending myself as an apostle to the pagan nations, but I hope my ministry will be successful enough to awaken the jealousy of those of my race, and finally to save some of them. If the world made peace with God when they remained apart, what will it be when they are welcomed? Nothing less than a passing from death to life....

 

     Regarding the Gospel, the Jews are opponents, but it is for your benefit. Regarding election, they are beloved because of their ancestors, because the call of God and his gifts cannot be nullified.

 

     Through the rebellion of the Jews the mercy of God came to you who did not obey God. They in turn will receive mercy in due time after this rebellion that brought God's mercy to you. So God has submitted all to disobedience, in order to show mercy to all.

 

GOSPEL READING:           Mt 15: 21 - 28

     Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Now a Canaanite woman came from those borders and began to cry out, "Lord, Son of David, have pity on me! My daughter is tormented by a demon." But Jesus did not answer her, not even a word. So his disciples approached him and said, "Send her away; see how she is shouting after us."

 

     Then Jesus said to her, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the nation of

Israel."

 

     But the woman was already kneeling before Jesus and said, "Sir, help me!" Jesus answered, "It is not right to take the bread from the children and throw it to the little dogs." The woman replied, "It is true, sir, but even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from the master's table." Then Jesus said, "Woman, how great is your faith. Let it be as you wish." And her daughter was healed at that moment.

 

REFLECTION

     What kind of God did the Canaanite woman in today's Gospel reading believe in and find in Jesus? She found a God who cared for and took care of everyone, especially those in need. Does this sound like the God we believe in?

 

     Yet the Jesus in the Gospel reading compared the Canaanite woman and her daughter to little dogs, different from the master and his children. Jesus plainly said he was sent "only to the lost sheep of the nation of Israel." Why this seeming favoritism, if God cares for all without exception?

 

     We see Paul writing about this question in the second reading: he saw many of his fellow Jews rejecting Jesus and many Gentiles accepting him in faith: "Through the rebellion of the Jews the mercy of God came to you who did not obey God. They in turn will receive mercy in due time after this rebellion that brought God's mercy to you. So God has submitted all to disobedience, in order to show mercy to all."

 

     We speak of God's universal salvific will and of Christ's role as Redeemer. God's universal salvific will is fulfilled through Christ alone: God saves us through his only-begotten Son.

 

     Despite Jesus' seeming rebuke, the Canaanite woman showed her faith and humility in her reply to Jesus "It is true, sir, but even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from the master's table." With such faith, what can the God of mercy do but grant her prayer for her daughter.

 

     We pray that we may have the faith and humility of the Canaanite woman, finding faith in the God who cares even for the little dogs under the master's table. We pray that we may also be like Christ in his care even for the dogs under the master's table.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     BEBET GASTON 

     DETDET CRUZ 

     HILDA T. SO 

     JERSHENALE SY

     MARY JERIKA P. ONG 

     MICHELLE SISON

     TERESITA RONQUIL­ LO-GALAO

 

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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Friday, August 18, 2017

 

SATURDAY, 19th Week in Ordinary Time

August 19, 2017 – SATURDAY, 19th Week in Ordinary Time 

St. Ezechiel Moreno, Bishop 

St. John Eudes, Priest and Religious Founder

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Jos 24: 14 - 29 / Mt 19: 13 - 15

 

     St. Ezechiel Moreno (1848 - 1906), an Augustinian Recollect ordained in Manila in 1871, worked for fifteen years as a missionary in the Philippines before he became Bishop of Pinara and later of Pasto in Colombia. Beatified in 1975, he was canonized by Pope St. John Paul II in Sto. Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1992.

 

     St. John Eudes (1601 - 1680), a French priest devoted to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, founded the Congregation of Jesus and Mary for the training of the clergy (1643) and the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity to assist morally endangered women.

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:          Jos 24: 19- 22

     Joshua asked the people, "Will you be able to serve Yahweh? He is a holy God, a jealous God who does not tolerate wickedness or faults. If you abandon Yahweh to serve other gods, he will turn against you and just as he has done you so much good, so shall he punish you and destroy you."

 

GOSPEL READING:           Mt 19: 13 -15

     Then little children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them with a prayer. But the disciples scolded those who brought them. So Jesus then said, "Let them be! Do not stop the childen from coming to me, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to people such as these." So Jesus laid his hands on them and went his way.

 

REFLECTION

     On 18 October 2015, Pope Francis canonized Sts. Louis Martin (1823 - 1894) and Marie Zelie Guerin (1831 - 1877), "marking the first time a couple has ever been made saints on the same day." Pope Francis praised the couple, "The holy spouses Louis Martin and Marie-Zelie Guerin practiced Christian service in the family, creating day after day an environment of faith and love which nurtured the vocations of their daughters, among whom was St. Therese of the Child Jesus."

 

     The example of these couple-saints exemplifies for parents of today what Jesus meant to "let the children come to me." Amid pressures of providing a proper life and training for children, the Gospel reading reminds parents of their basic vocation as parents to prepare their children for the kingdom of heaven, for indeed "the kingdom of heaven belongs to people such as these."

 

     This kind of environment is not built only by family trips locally or abroad or family meals; even Sunday Mass together does not guarantee this environment. Rather, it is in the warmth of affection, praying together, depth of conversation at home and family togetherness that God's presence is manifested in the family.

Have you let your children come to Jesus today? Have you given your children witness to Gospel values as lived in your daily lives?

 

     This is also so true for teachers and others who help parents in the formation and education of their children.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     FR. MANUEL M. FLORES SJ 

     HARRY T. CHUA

     JOSIE PANGAN

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the special intentions of Mary Wong.

 

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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Thursday, August 17, 2017

 

FRIDAY, 19th Week in Ordinary Time

August 18, 2017 – FRIDAY, 19th Week in Ordinary Time

St. Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga, Priest

Memorial, White

 

Jos 24: 1 - 13 / Mt 19: 3 - 12

 

St. Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga (1901 - 1952), born in Chile, was a Jesuit priest, who devoted his life to teaching and helping the poor and children.

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:          Jos 24: 1

     Joshua summoned all the tribes of Israel in Shechem, and assembled the elders, leaders, judges and secretaries. And together they presented themselves before God.

 

From the GOSPEL READING:        Mt 19: 3 - 9

     Some Pharisees approached him. They wanted to test him and asked, "Is a man allowed to divorce his wife for any reaon he wants?"

 

     Jesus replied, "Have you not read that in the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and he said: Man has now to leave father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one body? So they are no longer two but one body; let no one separate what God has joined."

 

     They asked him, "Then, why did Moses command us to write a bill of dismissal in order to divorce?" Jesus replied, "Moses knew your stubborn heart, so he allowed you to divorce your wives, but it was not so from the beginning. Therefore, I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, unless it be for infidelity, and marries another commits adultery."

 

REFLECTION

     In the first reading, Joshua assembled the people of Israel. He recounted all the good things God has done for his chosen people. He re-affirmed his fidelity to Yahweh: "So fear Yahweh, and be sincere and faithful in serving him... Serve only Yahweh... As for me, I and my household will serve Yahweh." (Jos 24: 14-

15)

 

     In the Gospel reading the Pharisees, in efforts to trap Jesus, question him about marriage and divorce. In his reply, Jesus acknowledges Mosaic law which allowed divorce (due to their "stubborn hearts"). At the same time he affirms what the union of man and wife had been in God's plan: "Man has now to leave father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one body? So they are no longer two but one body; let no one separate what God has joined."

 

     Marriage is a very important institution in the Church and in civil society. The family is at the core of the Church and of civil society. The proper rearing and education of children are key to society's growth and prosperity.

 

     Divorce is now allowed in most countries. The Catholic Church does not allow divorce.

 

     The last extraordinary meeting of bishops in Rome focused on the family. Recognizing the difficulties and problems of many failed marriages, the Church has tried to improve its procedures and processes for marriage annulments. Pope Francis has spoken much about proper care, respect and understanding of couples whose marriages have failed, who have separated or obtained civil divorce or have re-married.

 

     Let us pray for so many whose marriages have failed for whatever reason.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     JASON SANTOS

     JEANNIE CAMPO-CRUZ

     VALERIE LIAO

 

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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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

 

THURSDAY, 19th Week in Ordinary Time

August 17, 2017 – THURSDAY, 19th Week in Ordinary Time

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Jos 3: 7- l0a, 11, 13 - 17 / Mt 18: 21- 19:1

 

From the GOSPEL READING:        Mt 18: 21 - 35

     Then Peter asked him, "Lord, how many times must I forgive the offenses of my brother or sister? Seven times?" Jesus answered, "No, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

 

     "This story throws light on the kingdom of heaven. A king decided to settle the accounts of his servants. Among the first was one who owed him ten thousand gold ingots. As the man could not repay the debt, the king commanded him to be sold as a slave with his wife, children and all his goods in payment.

 

     "The official threw himself at the feet of the king and said, 'Give me time, and I will pay you back everything.' The king took pity on him and not only set him free but even canceled his debt.

 

     "This official then left the king's presence and he met one of his companions who owed him a hundred pieces of silver. He grabbed him by the neck and almost strangled him, shouting, 'Pay me what you owe!" His companion threw himself at his feet and asked him, 'Give me time and I will pay everything.' The other did not agree. But sent him to prison until he had paid all his debt.

 

     "His companions saw what happened. They were indignant and so they went and reported everyhing to their lord. Then the lord summoned his official and said, 'Wicked servant, I forgave you all that you owed when you begged me to do so. Weren't you bound to have pity on your companion as I had pity on you?' The lord was now angry, so he handed his servant over to be punished, until he had paid his whole debt."

 

     Jesus added, "So will my heavenly Father do with you unless each of you sincerely forgive your brother or sister."

 

REFLECTION

     In many years working at Xavier School, I met many parents expecting nothing less than the highest standards from the school. They wanted Xavier to be the exemplar in forming the youth to be academically competent men of character.

 

     Until their son did not meet the set standards. Now they wanted the school to bend rules, pleading for leniency and understanding.

 

     This seems to be like the unmerciful servant in the Gospel reading. Being human, we find ways of exempting ourselves from set rules and standards. We want the Lord to understand and forgive but we do not do the same for our fellows. We want the school to be true to what it claims to be - but not in this case because it would hurt my son.

 

     This kind of behavior does not please our Lord, "This is how my heavenly Father will treat you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart." Lord, it is not easy but please teach us to be fair to all.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

THANKSGIVING 

     ALICE CUA & FAMILY

 

BIRTHDAY

     BILLIE CHING SYLING

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the eternal repose of the soul of Bernardo Santiago Sr.

 

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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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

 

WEDNESDAY, 19th Week in Ordinary Time

August 16, 2-17 – WEDNESDAY, 19th Week in Ordinary Time 

St. Roch (Roque), Healer 

St. Stephen of Hungary, King

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Dt 34: 1 - 12 / Mt 18: 15 – 20

 

     St. Roch (San Roque) (1295 -1327) was a French nobleman who is commonly invoked against the plague.

 

     St. Stephen of Hungary (9691970 - 1038), King of Hungary, evengelized his country and founded numerous monasteries.

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:          Dt 34: 1 - 4

     Yahweh showed Moses all the Land: from Gilead to Dan, the whole of Naphtali, the land of Ephraim, and of Manasseh, the whole land of Judah, as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, the Plains, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, as far as Zor. And Yahweh said to him: "This is the land about which I swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, promising it to their descendants. I have let you see it with your own eyes, but you shall not enter it."

 

GOSPEL READING:           Mt 18: 15- 20

     Jesus said, "If your brother or sister has sinned against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are in private, and if he listens to you, you have won your brother. If you are not listened to, take with you one or two others so that the case may be decided by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he still refuses to listen to them, tell it to the assembled Church. But if he does not listen to the Church, then regard such a one as a pagan or a publican.

 

     "I say to you, whatever you bind on earth, heaven will keep bound; and whatever you unbind on earth, heaven will keep unbound.

 

     "In like manner, I say to you, if on earth two of you are united in asking for anything, it will be granted to you by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered in my Name, I am there among them."

 

REFLECTION

     In the Gospel reading Jesus tells his disciples and listeners that it is very important that disputes and disagreements be settled well.

 

     What would it be to live in a community where disagreements and disputes could be settled with love, thoughtfulness and depth? Pope Francis' celebration of an Extraordinary Year of Mercy is a living practice of what Jesus says in the Gospel reading.

     The challenge for all of us in our relationships and interaction with others is to be able to live and accept differences in opinion and way of life with understanding and respect. We are called to be careful and mindful of our prejudices and pre-judgments of others. We are encouraged to be able to understand, respect and forgive others who may differ from us.

 

     We are reminded to go beyond our emotions and to see unity and grace in the midst of negativity and pessimism. Understanding and mercy are love gone full circle.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     JUSTIN JUDE T. GOTAMCO

     MARIE CHERYLL L. LARUA

 

THANKSGIVING

     ANNABEL BRAGANZA

     DAVID & BARBARA LIM & FAMILY

 

IN MEMORIAM (†)

     NORMA B. VILLEGAS

 

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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Monday, August 14, 2017

 

ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

August 15, 2017 – TUESDAY, ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

SOLEMNITY, White

 

Vigil: 1 Chr 15: 3-4, 15- 16; 16: 1-2 / 1 Cor 15: 54b-57 / Lk 11: 27- 28

 

Day: Rev 11:19a; 12:1- Ga, 10ab / 1 Cor 15: 20 -27 / Lk 1:39 -56

 

     The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was celebrated in the East as early as the sixth century and in the West by the seventh century. On 01

November 1950 Pope Pius XII (Munificentissimus Deus) formally defined "as a divinely revealed dogma: The Immaculate Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, after her life on earth, was assumed, body and soul, to the glory of heaven."

 

FROM THE FIRST READING (Day):              Rev 12: 1 - 2, 5

     A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant with child and cried out in pain, looking to her time of delivery.... She gave birth to a male child, the one who is to rule all the nations with an iron scepter; then her child was seized and taken up to God and his throne...

 

FROM THE 2ND READING (Vigil):                1 Cor 15: 54b- 55

... the word of Scripture will be fulfilled: Death has been swallowed up by victory. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?

 

From the GOSPEL READING (Day):            Lk 1: 41 - 47

     When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and giving a loud cry, said, "You are most blessed among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! How is it that the mother of my Lord comes to me? The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me leapt for joy. Blessed are you who believed that the Lord's word would come true!"

 

     And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior!"

 

REFLECTION 

     What is common in the Mass readings today is "movement." In the first reading (Day Mass) we see a mother about to give birth: there is movement from the womb into the world. Another movement is the woman fleeing to the desert prepared by God for her.

 

     In the second reading (Vigil Mass) we see movement from death to life in the resurrection of Christ. God destroys death and all are brought to everlasting life prepared for them.

 

     In the Gospel reading (Day Mass) we see three movements: Mary setting out to visit her cousin Elizabeth, the baby in Elizabeth's womb leaping for joy and Mary's Magnificat which summarizes historical movements of God's mercy and compassion. The coming of the Son of God through Mary is also proclaimed.

 

     At the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary we are invited to experience the "moving" presence of God in our lives. He moves us from one place to another, at times from our comfort zones; he surprises us with the unexpected; the unexpected could be the place "where God had prepared a place for us." God is the Lord of movement and change.

 

     Movement or change is often not easy. A woman about to give birth in the first reading reminds us of the pain of childbirth in order to welcome a new life, like our total surrender to the will of God whatever it may be.

 

     And this surrender to God's will, our fiat, is the key to our going home to the loving and saving power of God.

 

     Mary's Magnificat acknowledges God's movements in Mary's life, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior!"

 

     We believe that at Mary's death she was assumed body and soul into heaven because of her special role as Mother of God. May we, her children, be like her in seeing God's movements in our lives: how has God moved me in my life? What more could I do to dispose myself to see God's invitations to me? What more should I do to be brought to the place prepared for me by my loving Father?

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     CRISTIE ZIALCITA LUIS GAN

     OFELIA C. RODAVIA

     SHARAH MAE GO KAW, M.D.

     STEPHANIE BEATRICE DY CO

 

THANKSGIVING

     LDI DIRECTORS, MANAGEMENT & STAFF AND FAMILIES

 

IN MEMORIAM (†) 

     POTENCIANA ANG TEE

 

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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Sunday, August 13, 2017

 

MONDAY, 19TH Week in Ordinary Time

August 14, 2017 – MONDAY, 19TH Week in Ordinary Time

St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

Sts. Antonio Primaldo and Companions, Martyrs

Memorial, Red

 

Dt 10: 12- 22 / Mt 17: 22- 27

 

     St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe (1894 - 1941), a Franciscan priest with great devotion to Mary, offered his life in exchange for that of a family-man at Auschwitz.

 

     Sts. Antonio Primaldo and approximately 800 others were beheaded by Muslims in August 1480 in Otranto, Italy, for refusing to give up their faith. Beatified in 1771, they were canonized by Pope Francis on 12 May 2013.

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:          Dt 10: 12- 15

     So now, Israel, what is it that Yahweh, your God, asks of you but to fear him and follow all his ways? Love him and serve him with all your heart and all your soul. Observe the commands of Yahweh and his laws which I command you today, for your good.

 

     See, the heavens, those that are seen and those that are unseen, the earth and all that is in it, everything belongs to Yahweh, your God. Nevertheless, it was on your fathers that Yahweh set his heart. He loved them, and after them, he chose their descendants - you - preferring you to all the peoples, as you can see this day.

 

GOSPEL READING:           Mt 17: 22- 27

     While Jesus was in Galilee with the Twelve, he said to them, "The Son of Man will be delivered into human hands, and they will kill him. But he will rise on the third day." The Twelve were deeply grieved.

 

     When they returned to Capernaum, the Temple tax collectors came to Peter and asked him, "Does your Master pay the Temple tax?" He answered, "Certainly."

 

     Peter then entered the house, but immediately Jesus asked him, "What do you think, Simon? Who pay taxes or tributes to the kings of the earth: their sons or the other people?" Peter answered, "The others." And Jesus told him, "The sons, then, are tax-free. But so as not to offend this people, go to the sea, throw in a hook and open the mouth of the first fish you catch. You will find a coin in it, take it and let it pay for you and for me."

 

REFLECTION

     Throughout the Old Testament we see God's love for those who obey him and his punishment for those who disobey his commands. He has loved and fulfilled his promises to his chosen people, Israel, beginning with Abraham and Isaac. Led by Moses, God freed Israel from slavery in Egypt and brought them to their promised land.

 

     In the Gospel reading Jesus predicts his passion, death and resurrection. He also shows his respect for civil authorities by paying tax for himself and Peter, "The sons, then, are tax-free. But so as not to offend these people... take the coin [in the fish you catch] and let it pay for you and for me." Christians have to be law-abiding citizens of their countries: they are citizens of this world and of God's kingdom.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     ELEANOR BAHRAMI

     LIAM GABRIEL DOMINIC UY

     OMIE A. INOCENCIO

     RENE DELA CALZADA

 

WEDDING ANNVIERSARY 

     AUGUSTO AND GLORIA DACANAY

 

IN MEMORIAM (†)

     THOMAS NGO TIONG TAY (1930·1988)

 

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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