Sunday, August 02, 2015

 

MONDAY, 18th Week in Ordinary Time

August 3, 2015 MONDAY, 18th Week in Ordinary Time 

Green 

          

Nm 11:4b – 15 / Mt 14:13 - 21 

           

Reading: Nm 11: 4b – 15 

     Now the rabble that was among them had greedy desires and even the Israelites wept and said, "Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish we ate without cost in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions and garlic. Now our appetite is gone; there's nothing to look at, nothing but manna."

     Now the manna was like coriander seed and had the appearance of bedellium. The people went about gathering it up and then ground it between millstones or pounded it in a mortar. They boiled it in a pot and made cakes with it which tasted like cakes made with oil. As soon as dew fell at night in the camp, the manna came with it.

     Moses heard the people crying, family by family at the entrance to their tent and Yahweh became very angry.

     This displeased Moses. Then Moses said to Yahweh, "Why have you treated your servant so badly? Is it because you do not love me that you burdened me with this people? Did I conceive all these people and did I give them birth? And now you want me to carry them in my bosom as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their fathers? Where would I get meat for all these people, when they cry to me saying: 'Give us meat that we may eat?' I cannot, myself alone, carry all these people; the burden is too heavy for me. Kill me rather than treat me like this, I beg of you, if you look kindly on me, and let me not see your anger."

                       

Gospel: Mt 14:13 - 21 

     On hearing this, Jesus set out secretly by boat for a secluded place. But the people heard of it, and they followed him on foot from their towns. When Jesus went ashore, he saw the crowd gathered there and he had compassion on them, And he healed their sick.

     Late in the afternoon, his disciples came to him and said, "We are in a lonely place and it is now late. You should send these people away, so they can go to the villages and buy something for themselves to eat." 

     But Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat."  They answered, "We have nothing here but five loaves and two fishes."  Jesus said to them, "Bring them here to me."

     Then he made everyone sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fishes, raised his eyes to heaven, pronounced the blessing, broke the loaves, and handed them to the disciples to distribute to the people.  And they all ate, and everyone had enough; then the disciples gathered up the leftovers, filling twelve baskets. About five thousand men had eaten there, besides women and children.

 

Reflection:

     The multiplication of loaves and fish to feed about five thousand men, recounted in the four Gospels (today's reading Mt 14: 13 -21; Mk 6: 35 - 44; Lk 9: 12 – 17; and Jn 6: 1 – 15), is a key foreshadowing of the Lord's generosity in leaving us the Eucharist, his body for food in the form of bread and his blood as drink in the form of wine.

     All four Gospel accounts feature the same gestures familiar to us in the Eucharistic celebration: "He took the five loaves and the two fishes, raised his eyes to heaven, pronounced the blessing, broke the loaves, and handed them to the disciples to distribute to the people" (Mt 14: 19); "Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish and, raising his eyes to heaven, he pronounced a blessing, broke the loaves and handed them to his disciples to distribute to the people' (Mk 6:41); "Jesus then took the five loaves and two fish, and raising his eyes to heaven, pronounced a blessing over them; he broke them and gave them to the disciples to distribute to the crowd" (Lk 9: 16); and "Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks and distributed them" (Jn 6: 11).

     Just as our Lord fed the five thousand because he had compassion on them in their hunger, since they not eaten for days, our Lord gave himself to us in the Eucharist as spiritual food and drink for eternal life.

     In addition, the Eucharist brings to the Church and its members "the unity and peace they signify," unity with Christ and all others who in faith receive the Eucharist.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     JOAQUIN CUNANAN JR.

     NAIDA JAVIER UY

     RAFAEL DELA CRUZ JR.

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     GERALDINE & TIM TAN

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     FELICIANO T. LAO

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

 

18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

August 2, 2015 - 18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 

Cycle B, Green 

    

Ex 16:2 - 4, 12 –15 / Eph 4:17, 20 – 24 / Jn 6:24 - 35

 

First Reading: Ex 16:2 - 4, 12 –15 

     In the desert the whole community of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron and said to them, "If only we had died by the hand of Yahweh in Egypt when we sat down to caldrons of meat and ate all the bread we wanted, whereas you have brought us to this desert to let the whole assembly die of starvation!"

     Yahweh then said to Moses, "Now I am going to rain down bread from heaven for you. Each day the people are to gather what is needed for that day. In this way I will test them to see if they will follow my Teaching or not. 

      "I have heard the complaints of Israel. Speak to them and say: Between the two evenings you will eat meat, and in the morning you will have bread to your heart's content; then you shall know that I am Yahweh, your God!"

     In the evening quails came up and covered the camp. And in the morning, dew had fallen around the camp. When the dew lifted, there was on the surface of the desert a thin crust like hoarfrost. The people of Israel upon seeing it said to one another, "What is it?" for they didn't know what it was. Moses told them, "It is the bread that Yahweh has given you to eat."

 

Second Reading: Eph 4:17, 20 – 24

     I say to you, then, and with insistence I advise you in the Lord: do not imitate the pagans who live an aimless kind of life. 

     But it is not for this that you have followed Christ. For I suppose that you heard of him and received his teaching which is seen in Jesus himself. You must give up your former way of living, the old self, whose deceitful desires bring self-destruction. Renew yourselves spiritually, from inside, and put on the new self, or self according to God, that is created in true righteousness and holiness.

 

Gospel: Jn 6:24 - 35 

     When they saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

     When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, "Master, when did you come here?"

     Jesus answered, "Truly, I say to you, you look for me, not because you have seen through the signs, but because you ate bread and were satisfied. Work then, not for perishable food, but for the lasting food which gives eternal life. The Son of Man will give it to you, for he is the one the Father has marked."

     Then the Jews asked him, "What shall we do? What are the works that God wants us to do?" And Jesus answered them, "The work God wants is this: that you believe in the One whom God has sent."

     They then said, "Show us miraculous signs, that we may see and believe you. What sign do you perform? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert; as Scripture says: They were given bread from heaven to eat."

     Jesus then said to them, "Truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven. My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. The bread God gives is the One who comes from heaven and gives life to the world." And they said to him, "Give us this bread always."

     Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty. 

  

Reflection:

     In the first reading today the Israelites complain to Moses about their weary journey in the desert. They begin to have second thoughts about leaving their slavery in Egypt but where they had food and shelter. Though on their way to freedom, they were starving for lack of food and shelter. They appealed to Moses who appealed to God: God sent them manna which tasted like wafers with honey. 

     Like many Israelites seeking a better life than what they had in Egypt, more than twelve million Filipinos are now in distant and foreign lands to improve their lives and somehow help to stabilize the country. Many of them, after many years of offshore hard work, return without enough savings for their retirement and old age.

     Perhaps like the Israelites in the first reading many of these offshore workers have somehow misplaced their life goals: it is so tempting to be attracted to material things and the endless demand for more goods, though with very limited income. It is so easy to be so concerned with material things in life and to forget about the larger purpose of our lives.

     In his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius of Loyola reminds us that everything on this planet has been given to us for our use, for us to attain our salvation. What vitiates God's plan and our own happiness is when we make material possessions as the end of our existence. The goods of this earth are not the end of our existence but are to be used for the purpose of our lives and existence.

     The Gospel reading reminds us of our need for food to sustain ourselves; our bodies need exercise to keep healthy and fit. However, Christ reminds us that we do not live on bread alone. It is just as important to seek employment which benefits not only ourselves and our family members but also the nation.  In our quest to satisfy our body needs, we cannot forget what our spirit needs.

     The Samaritan woman whom Jesus met at the water well was concerned only about her thirst for water to drink. Jesus talked to her about her spiritual thirst.  Her materialistic mind could not comprehend the need for spiritual truth.

     We need to understand and recognize the false promise of materialism. We need food and material things; but we also need things for the spirit. Jesus reminds us that just as we need bread we also need the word of God. Wealth and the search for wealth can make us forget trust in God, his providence, his love and care for us in this life.

     Let us pray to the Lord of life to so fill our hearts with his word and the food which lasts to eternal life. 

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     ANGELICA L. SALVADOR

     EDGARDO JIMENEZ

     LESLEY ANNE G. CHOA

     MARILYN W. LEE

 

THANKSGIVING

     MERCENARIO, NIDA, NORENE, NICOLE & NATHAN

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     CAMILO B. AUSTRIA

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Friday, July 31, 2015

 

FRIDAY – ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

July 31, 2015 FRIDAY – ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA 

Priest and Founder of the Society of Jesus 

Solemnity, White

 

Dt 30:15 – 20 / 1 Tim 1: 12 – 17 / Lk 9:18 – 26

 

[St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491 – 1556), a Basque, founded the Society of Jesus and taught the Spiritual Exercises.]

 

First Reading: Dt 30:15 – 20 

     See, I set before you on this day life and good, evil and death. I command you to love Yahweh, your God and follow his ways. Observe his commandments, his norms and his laws, and you will live and increase, and Yahweh will give you his blessing in the land you are going to possess. But if your heart turns away and does not listen, if you are drawn away and bow before other gods to serve them, I declare on this day that you shall perish. You shall not last in the land you are going to occupy on the other side of the Jordan. 

     Let the heavens and the earth listen, that they may be witnesses against you. I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life that you and your descendants may live, loving Yahweh, listening to his voice, and being one with him. In this is life for you and length of days in the land which Yahweh swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

 

Second Reading: 1 Tim 1:12 – 17

     I give thanks to Christ Jesus, our Lord, who is my strength, who has considered me trustworthy and appointed me to his service, although I had been a blasphemer, a persecutor and a rabid enemy. However he took mercy on me because I did not know what I was doing when I opposed the faith; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, together with faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 

     This saying is true and worthy of belief: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. Because of that I was forgiven; Christ Jesus wanted to display his utmost patience so that I might be an example for all who are to believe and obtain eternal life. To the King of ages, the only God who lives beyond every perishable and visible creation—to him be honor and glory forever. Amen!

 

Gospel: Lk 9:18 – 26

     One day when Jesus was praying alone, not far from his disciples, he asked them, "What do people say about me?" And they answered, "Some say that you are John the Baptist; others say that you are Elijah, and still others that you are one of the former prophets risen from the dead." Again Jesus asked them, "Who then do you say I am?" Peter answered, "The Messiah of God." Then Jesus spoke to them, giving them strict orders not to tell this to anyone.

     And he added, "The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the elders and chief priests and teachers of the Law, and put to death. Then after three days he will be raised to life."

     Jesus also said to all the people, "If you wish to be a follower of mine, deny yourself and take up your cross each day, and follow me. For if you choose to save your life, you will lose it, and if you lose your life for my sake, you will save it. What does it profit you to gain the whole world while you destroy or damage yourself? If someone feels ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Glory and in the Glory of his Father with his holy angels. 

 

Reflection:

     After having been with his disciples for a couple of years, it was important for Jesus to ask them who he was to them. They first told him what they heard from others, that he was John the Baptist or Elijah or one of the prophets of old. But Jesus wanted to hear what they thought, "Who then do you say I am?" Jesus was asking him what they themselves thought.

     Peter's reply was a bold proclamation of Jesus as the "Messiah of God." Subsequently Jesus predicts his passion and death, "The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the elders and chief priests and teachers of the Law, and put to death. Then after three days he will be raised to life."  

     Understandably the disciples did not understand what Jesus told them. Even Peter, who had confessed him as "the Messiah of God" and would later be privileged to witness his transfiguration and had been warned about his betrayal of the Lord, could not understand how Jesus could be arrested, beaten up and put to death on the cross. Before common-folk Peter deserted and betrayed him.

     Today is the Solemnity of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest and Founder of the Society of Jesus. Like the saints of old, Ignatius was moved to desire to be of greater service to the Lord Jesus. If he would have been asked by the Lord what he was to him, he most probably would have answered, "Lord, you are everything to me, my Lord and Savior, my King and my best friend ever." 

     Ignatius learned to know and love Jesus above all in prayer and contemplation: in the context of a loving and "intimate" friendship.  Ignatius encountered Jesus who shared our humanity at his birth in Bethlehem, as Jesus grew in wisdom, age and grace before God and man in the family home and shop in Nazareth, as Jesus left Mary and home for his public life to carry out his mission, as he traversed Galilee a preaching the Good News, as he chose and taught his disciples, as he agonized in the garden and at the hands of the Roman soldiers, as he hung to his death on the cross, and as he was raised from the dead in his resurrection.

     Contemplation, prayer and friendship endeared Ignatius to the person of Jesus who as-it-were swept Ignatius off his feet and moved him to stake his whole life and being in the following and service of Jesus as his eternal King.  Ignatius wished to be wherever the Lord was. 

     The path of Ignatius is something we could learn from and aspire to: to know Jesus more closely, to love him more dearly and to follow and serve him with great love and generosity, "not just in words but in deeds."   

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     AIDZ DY

     HELEN TAN

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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SATURDAY, 17TH Week in Ordinary Time

August 1, 2015 SATURDAY, 17TH Week in Ordinary Time

St. Alphonsus Liguori, 

Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Memorial, White

    

Lv 25:1, 8 – 17 / Mt 14:1 - 12

 

[A native of Naples, St. Alphonsus Ligouri (1696 -1787), a famed moral theologian, founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists).]

  

Reading: Lv 25:1, 8 – 17

     Yahweh spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai: 

     When seven sabbaths of years have passed, that is, seven times seven years, there shall be the time of the seven weeks of years, that is forty-nine years. Then on the tenth day of the seventh month sound the trumpet loudly. On this Day of Atonement sound the trumpet all through the land. Keep holy the fiftieth year and proclaim freedom for all the inhabitants of the land. It shall be a jubilation year for you when each one shall recover his property and go back to his family. In this fiftieth year, your year of Jubilee, you shall neither sow nor reap the aftergrowth, nor gather the grapes from the uncultivated vines. This Jubilee year shall be holy for you, and you shall eat what the field yields of itself without cultivation.

     In this year of Jubilee each of you shall recover his own property. When you sell something to your neighbor or buy something from him, do not wrong one another. According to the number of years after the Jubilee, you shall buy it from your neighbor and according to the number of years left for harvesting crops he shall sell to you. When the years are many the price shall be greater and when the years are few the price shall be less, for it is the number of crops that he is selling to you. So you shall not wrong one another but you shall fear your God, for I am Yahweh, your God.

 

Gospel: Mt 14:1 - 12

     At that time the news about Jesus reached King Herod. And he said to his servants, "This man is John the Baptist. John has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him."

     Herod had, in fact, ordered that John be arrested, bound in chains and put in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. For John had said to him, "It is not right for you to have her as wife." Herod wanted to kill him but he did not dare, because he feared the people who regarded John as a prophet.  

     On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst of the guests; she so delighted Herod that he promised under oath to give her anything she asked. The girl, following the advice of her mother, said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a dish." 

     The king was very displeased, but because he had made this promise under oath in the presence of the guests, he ordered it to be given her. So he had John beheaded in prison and his head brought on a dish and given to the girl. The girl then took it to her mother.    

     Then John's disciples came to take his body and bury it. And they went to bring the news to Jesus.    

 

Reflection:

     "So you shall not wrong one another but you shall fear your God. . ." These were the words spoken by God to Moses but it seems Herod must have forgotten these words thinking that he shall not wrong another by giving in to the evil request because of his promise under oath to give anything to the daughter of Herodias. His fear of things of the world made him forget about the fear of being separated from God.

     Yes, there are still some individuals, modern day Herods in the different sectors of our society who continue to exist pleasing others or themselves at the expense of others, causing different kinds of death in humanity. We sometimes become like Herod when we opt to follow what is pleasing in the eyes of the world and we forget about what is pleasing to God. Let us not forget about what our greatest fear should be, to be separated from God for all eternity. 

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     FE ESPERANZA D. CHUA

 

PRAYER INTENTION

     MARGE R. ZARATE

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the birthday intentions of Richard Condor

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

 

THURSDAY, 17th Week in Ordinary Time

July 30, 2015 THURSDAY, 17th Week in Ordinary Time 
St. Peter Chrysologus,
Bishop and Doctor of the Church 
Green 
       
Ex 40:16 – 21, 34 – 38 / Mt 13: 47 - 53

[St. Peter Chrysologus (c. 380 - 450), "the golden-worded," was Bishop of Ravenna in Italy.]

Reading: Ex 40: 16 – 21, 34 – 38
     Moses did this; he did exactly as Yahweh had commanded him. The Holy Tent was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year. Moses set up the Holy Tent. He fixed the bases for it, put up its frames, put its crossbars in position, set up its posts. He spread the tent over the Holy Tent and on top of this the covering for the tent, as Yahweh had commanded Moses. He took the Statement and placed it inside the ark. He set the poles to the ark in place and put the mercy Seat on it. He brought the ark into the Holy Tent and put the screening veil in place; thus he screened the ark of Yahweh, as Yahweh had commanded Moses. 
     Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and the Glory of Yahweh filled the Holy Tent. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because of the cloud that rested on it and because of the Glory of Yahweh that filled the Holy Tent. 
     At every stage of their journey, whenever the cloud rose from the Holy Tent the people of Israel would continue their march. If the cloud did not rise, they waited and would not move their camp until it did. For the cloud rested on the Holy Tent by day, and a fire shone within the cloud by night for all the House of Israel to see. And so it was for every stage of their journey. 
  
Gospel:  Mt 13: 47 - 53
     Jesus said, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a big fishing net let down into the sea, in which every kind of fish has been caught. When the net is full, it is dragged ashore. Then they sit down and gather the good fish in buckets, but throw the worthless ones away. That is how it will be at the end of time; the angels will go out to separate the wicked from the just and throw them into the blazing furnace, where they will weep and gnash their teeth."
     Jesus asked, "Have you understood all these things?" "Yes," they answered. So he said to them, "You will see that every teacher of the Law who becomes a disciple of the Kingdom is like a householder who can produce from his store things both new and old." When Jesus had finished these parables, he left the place.

Reflection:
     In the first reading, after the Israelites put the Ark of the Covenant inside the Tent of Meeting, the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. This was an indication of the presence of God inside the Tent so the Israelites would stop their journey and wait until the cloud would leave the Tent before resuming their journey in the desert.  
     This is an indication of the need of every man to learn to contemplate and recognize the workings of God in his life. When we experience a spark of the divine in our daily life situations, we are automatically filled with awe and spend some time contemplating God's action and presence. It is important to recognize the workings of God because he is always waiting to manifest himself to us.
     Oftentimes God wants us to simply know him, love him and serve him.  How can we serve him? We can serve him in other men, especially in those who most need our help. We are called to be light to those who are lost, consolation to the sorrowful, hope for those in despair, protector of the oppressed, friend of the poor and a prophet to the wayward.   
     The Gospel reading is another short parable on how all type of people, good and bad, are allowed to live together just as fishermen catch good and "bad" fish and other sea debris in their fishing nets. It is only at the end that they will be sorted out and the good rewarded and the bad punished.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     RICHARD ROY TAN

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
     JONATHAN & VIRGINIA HO GOTAMCO

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     MA. BRIGIDA R. ALAGAR

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WEDNESDAY, 17TH Week in Ordinary Time

July 29, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 17TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Martha, Disciple of the Lord 
Memorial, White 
        
Ex 34:29 - 35 / Jn 11:19 - 27

[Our Lord was a close family friend of St. Martha, her sister Mary and brother Lazarus whom Jesus raised from the dead.]

Reading: Ex 34:29 - 35
     When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two slabs of the Statement in his hands, he was not aware that the skin of his face was radiant after speaking with Yahweh.
     Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw that Moses' face was radiant and they were afraid to go near him. But Moses called them, and Aaron with all the leaders of the community drew near, and Moses spoke to them. Afterwards all the Israelites came near and he told them all that Yahweh had commanded him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face.
     Whenever Moses went before Yahweh to speak with him, he took off the veil until he came out again. And when he came out and told them what he had been commanded, the Israelites saw that his face was radiant. Moses would then replace the veil over his face until he went again to speak with Yahweh.

Gospel: Jn 11: 19 - 27
     Many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to offer consolation at their brother's death.
     When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him while Mary remained sitting in the house.  And she said to Jesus, "If you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you."  Jesus said, "Your brother will rise again."
     Mary replied, "I know that he will rise in the resurrection, at the last day."   But Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection; whoever believes in me, though he die, shall live. Whoever is alive by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?"  Mary then answered, "Yes, Lord, I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world."

Reflection:
     In today's readings we have two devout believers in God, Moses and Martha showing us what it means to have faith which is truly alive. 
     Moses leaves his people to commune with God while Martha leaves her grieving sister to welcome Jesus. Both of them place first priority in God.
     And what do they receive in return? For Moses it was meeting God face-to-face such that his own face became radiant; in communion with God Moses received God's commandments, the words of God's Covenant with Israel.  
     Martha received assurance of her faith in Jesus, as "the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world, in seeing her brother rise from the dead at Jesus voice and command, "Lazarus, come out!"
     Moses and Martha showed unconditional faith and confidence in God, his word and his promises. Martha showed gratitude to God and lived in hope and courage because of her friendship with God.
     How do I manifest my faith in God in my daily life?


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     SIMPLICIO T. DEL CARMEN

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     JOHNNY GO ONG

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, July 27, 2015

 

TUESDAY, 17th Week in Ordinary Time

July 28, 2015 TUESDAY, 17th Week in Ordinary Time

Green       

 

Ex 33: 7 - 11; 34: 5b - 9, 28 / Mt 13: 36 - 43

 

Reading: Ex 33: 7 - 11; 34: 5b - 9, 28

     Moses then took the Tent and pitched it for himself outside the camp, at a distance from it, and called it the Tent of Meeting. Whoever sought Yahweh would go out to the Tent of Meeting outside the camp. And when Moses went to the tent all the people would stand, each one at the entrance to his tent and keep looking towards Moses until he entered the tent.

     Now, as soon as Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and remain at the entrance to the tent, while Yahweh spoke with Moses.

     When all the people saw the pillar of cloud at the entrance to the tent, they would arise and worship, each one at the entrance to his own tent.

     Then Yahweh would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his neighbor, and then Moses would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua, son of Nun, would not leave the tent.

     Moses called on the name of Yahweh.

     Then Yahweh passed in front of him and cried out, "Yahweh, Yahweh is a God full of pity and mercy, slow to anger and abounding in truth and loving-kindness. He shows loving-kindness to the thousandth generation and forgives wickedness, rebellion and sin; yet he does not leave the guilty without punishment, even punishing the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation."

     Moses hastened to bow down to the ground and worshiped. He then said, "If you really look kindly on me, my Lord, please come and walk in our midst and even though we are a stiff-necked people, pardon our wickedness and our sin and make us yours."

     Moses remained there with Yahweh forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. He wrote on the slabs the words of the Covenant – the Ten Commandments.

  

Gospel: Mt 13: 36 – 43a

     Then he sent the crowds away and went into the house.  And his disciples came to him saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."

     Jesus answered the, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world; the good seed are the people of the Kingdom; the weeds are those who follow the evil one. The enemy who sows them is the devil; the harvest is the end of time and the workers are the angels.

     "Just as the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so will it be at the end of time. The Son of Man will send his angels and they will weed out of his kingdom all that is scandalous and all who do evil. And these will be thrown in the blazing furnace. . . Then the just will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father."

 

Reflection:

     Jesus speaks of the ungraspable Kingdom of God in parables. In the context of his audience, the parable of the weeds is readily understandable. In the fields where good seed is sown, weeds from whatever source grow with the plants from the good seed. Before the harvest or at the harvest, the bad weeds are separated and eventually disposed of or burned; the fruit of the good seed is harvested.

     In our world, good and bad people, all different, live together. In the words of St. Ignatius of Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises, "those on the face of the earth, in such great diversity in dress and manner of acting. Some are white, some black' some at peace and some at war; some weeping, some laughing; some well, some sick; some coming into the world and some dying, etc." And the Holy Trinity sees this world, "They look down upon the whole surface of the earth, and behold all nations in great blindness, going down and descending into hell."

     And St. Ignatius writes that it is into this varied and confused world that the Trinity decrees to send the Second Person to save it: "They decree in Their eternity that the Second Person should become man to save the human race. So when the fullness of time had come, They send the Angel Gabriel to our Lady."

     The incarnate Second Person of the Blessed Trinity comes to bring the Good News about the Kingdom of God, chooses and invites followers, gives his life on the cross and rises from the dead, leaving his Church to continue his saving work, "Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; the one ho refuses to believe will be condemned." (Mk 16: 16)

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     FR. ARTURO M. BORJA, SJ

     JENNIFER GOTAMCO TAN

     MANUEL C. TAGAZA

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     AMPARO N. NAÑAGAS

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the thanksgiving & health intentions of Beny Chua.

For the birthday intentions of Florencio Reyes Jr.

 

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, July 26, 2015

 

MONDAY, 17th week in Ordinary Time

July 27, 2015 MONDAY, 17th week in Ordinary Time 

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Ex 32:15 - 24, 30 – 34 / Mt 13: 31 – 35

 

Reading: Ex 32:15 - 24, 30 – 34

     Moses then returned and came down from the mountain carrying in his hand the two slabs of the Statement, slabs written on both sides, back and front. These slabs were the work of God and the writing graven on the slabs was the writing of God.

     When Joshua heard the noise of the people who were shouting he said to Moses, "There is a sound of war in the camp." But Moses answered, "It is not a victory song, nor the cry of defeat that I hear, but the sound of singing."

     When he drew near to the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burst forth and he threw the slabs from his hands and shattered them against the base of the mountain. Then he seized the calf they had made and burned it in the fire, grinding it into a powder that he scattered over the surface of the water, and this he made the Israelites drink.

     Moses said to Aaron, "What did these people do to you that you brought such a great sin on them?"

     And Aaron said, "Don't let your anger be roused. You know this people and how evil they are. They said to me: 'Make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him.' I then said to them that whoever had gold was to give it over to me. I threw it in the fire and out came this calf!"

     The next day Moses said to the people, "You have committed a very grave sin, but now I am going up to Yahweh; perhaps I will obtain pardon for your sin."

     So Moses went towards Yahweh and said, "Ah! This people has committed a very great sin; they made a god out of gold. And now please forgive their sin… if not, blot me out of the book you have written."

     Yahweh said to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot him out from my book. Go now! Lead the people where I told you. My Angel will walk before you and on the day of punishment I will punish them for their sin." 

 

Gospel: Mt 13: 31 - 35 

     Jesus put another parable before them, "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, that a man took and sowed in his field. It is smaller than all other seeds, but once it is fully grown, it is bigger than any garden plant; like a tree, the birds come and rest in its branches."

     He told them another parable, "The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast that a woman took, and hid in three measures of flour, until the whole mass of dough began to rise." 

     Jesus taught all this to the crowds by means of parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So what the Prophet had said was fulfilled: I will speak in parables. I will proclaim things kept secret since the beginning of the world.

 

Reflection:

     In today's Gospel reading, we see Jesus teaching his disciples again in parables. He said, "The kingdom of heaven is like…" Instead of using abstract ideas in his teachings, our Lord used parables with examples that we see or experience daily. This has the advantage of timeless and universal application.  

     Also, the parables could be more easily understood by those not highly educated or sophisticated people. What did he mean by the "kingdom of God"?  We know that it is not a place. 

     But if we translate it as the "reign of God," we can better understand and apply it across time and space. God reigns in any place or action which proclaims his values and everything He stands for. Since he is love, wherever or whenever love is present in any activity, he is also there as Lord and King. Like a little mustard seed, in any little good thing we do or witness, the kingdom of God is in our midst. 

     Like the yeast in the dough, the Lord also reigns in the loving but unseen actions and activities of his faithful. These little acts of loving all inspired by the Spirit of Love will be the catalyst for the transformation of society and the world. That is why our Lord taught us to pray for the "coming of God's kingdom."  

     Every time we pray the Lord's Prayer, let us reflect and ask ourselves if our actions are helping or hindering the reign of God in our lives and in the world around us. Is he the Lord of our hearts and the Lord of our lives?  Since most of us repeatedly fail, we then also ask the Lord to "forgive us our trespasses. "

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     FLORENCIA A. SALAMAT

     MARY ANNE O'GORMAN

 

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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Saturday, July 25, 2015

 

17th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

July 26, 2015 - 17th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 

Cycle B, Green

 

2 Kgs 4: 42 – 44 / Eph 4:1 – 6 / Jn 6:1 - 15  

 

First Reading: 2 Kgs 4: 42 – 44

     A man came from Baal-shalishad bringing bread and wheat to the man of God. These were from the first part of the harvest, twenty loaves of barley and wheat. Elisha told him, "Give the loaves to these men that they may eat."

     His servant said to him, "How am I to divide these loaves among one hundred men?" Elisha insisted, "Give them to the men that they may eat, for Yahweh says: They shall eat and have some left over." So the man set it before them; and they ate and had some left, as Yahweh had said.

 

Second Reading: Eph 4: 1 – 6

     Therefore I, the prisoner of Christ, invite you to live the vocation you have received. Be humble, kind, patient, and bear with one another in love.

     Make every effort to keep among you the unity of Spirit through bonds of peace. Let there be one body and one spirit, for God, in calling you, gave the same Spirit to all. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. One God, the Father of all, who is above all and works through all and is in all.

 

Gospel: Jn 6:1 - 15 

     After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, near Tiberias, and large crowds followed him because of the miraculous signs they saw when he healed the sick. So he went up into the hills and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.

     Then lifting up his eyes, Jesus saw the crowds that were coming to him and said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread so that these people may eat?" He said this to test Philip, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, "Two hundred silver coins would not buy enough bread for each of them to have a piece."

     Then one of Jesus' disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said, "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?"

     Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." There was plenty of grass there so the people, about five thousand men, sat down to rest. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks and distributed them to those who were seated. He did the same with the fish and gave them as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten enough, he told his disciples, "Gather up the pieces left over, that nothing may be lost."

     So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with bread, that is with pieces of the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten.

     When the people saw this sign that Jesus had just given, they said, "This is really the Prophet, he who is to come into the world." Jesus realized that they would come and take him by force to make him king; so he fled to the hills by himself.

 

Reflection:

     The importance of the miracle of multiplication of loaves and fish to feed thousands of those who came to listen to Jesus is highlighted by its being told in the four Gospels. The multiplication of loaves and fish brings us back to God feeding the wandering Israelites n the desert with manna and quail and connects with Jesus' discourse on the bread of life in the Gospel of John and the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper.

     For the wandering Jews "in the evening Yahweh will give you meat to eat and in the morning bread to satisfy your hunger (Ex 16: 8). "Between the two evenings you will eat meat, and in the morning you will have bread to your heart's content; then you shall know that I am Yahweh, your God!" (Ex 16: 12)

     In his discourse on the bread of life, Jesus said, ""I am the bread of life. Though your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, they died but here you have the bread which comes from heaven so that you may eat of it and not die." (Jn 6: 49 -50). "My flesh is really food and my blood is drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood, live in me and I in them. . . This is the bread which came down from heaven; unlike that of your ancestors, who ate and later died. Those who eat this bread will live forever." (Jn 6: 55 – 58)

     The Gospel writers deliberately used the same words for the multiplication of loaves and fish and the institution of the Eucharist. In John's account, "Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks and distributed them to those who were seated." (Jn 6:11). In Mark's account, "And Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish and, raising his eyes to heaven, he pronounced the blessing, broke the loaves and handed them to his disciples to distribute to the people" (Mk 6: 41).

     At the Last Supper, "while they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. And he said, "Take this, it is my body." (Mk 14: 22)  And after the resurrection, the two disciples on the way to Emmaus recognized the Lord in the breaking of the bread: "When they were at table, he took the bread, said a blessing, broke it and gave each a piece." (Lk 24: 30) "Then the two told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with tem." (Lk 24: 35)

     St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians summarizes our belief in the Eucharist, "The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a communion with the blood of Christ? And the bread that we break, is it not communion with the body of Christ? The bread is one, and so we, though many, form one body, sharing the one bread." (1 Cor 10: 16-17) 

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     NEIL LEO M. CASTILLO

     ELIZA KAMILLE G. BACAS

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     ROGELIO & EDITA SALONGA

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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