Tuesday, July 17, 2018

 

WEDNESDAY, 15TH Week in Ordinary Time

July 18, 2018 – WEDNESDAY, 15TH Week in Ordinary Time

Green.

 

Is 10:5-7, 13b -16 / Mt 11:25-27

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Is 10: 5- 7

Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger, the staff of my fury! Against a godless nation send him, against a people who provoke my wrath I dispatch him, to plunder and pillage, to tread them down like mud in the streets. But the mind of his king is far from this, his heart harbors other thoughts; what he wants is to destroy, to make an end of all nations.

 

GOSPEL READING:           Mt 11: 25- 27

On that occasion, Jesus said, "Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people. Yes, Father, this is what pleased you.

 

"Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."

 

REFLECTION

In the first reading, on behalf of Yahweh the prophet condemns social injustice among the people.

 

The context of today's Gospel reading is Jesus' experience with the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law in his public ministry. Before this passage John the Baptist had sent messengers to Jesus to ask him if he was the Messiah: "Are you the one to come or should we expect someone else?" (Mt 11: 3).

 

Jesus confirms his mission by quoting from the prophet Isaiah. Jesus then praises John the Baptist, " I tell you this: no one greater than John the Baptist has come forward among the sons of women, and yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he." (Mt 11: 11)

 

Jesus then denounces the cities where he had taught and performed so many miracles for their unbelief, led by the unbelieving Pharisees and teachers of the Law.

 

In contrast simple people, his disciples and followers, outcasts of society have accepted his teachings.

 

Though Jesus did not shun the intellectuals and the learned, he hated their intellectual pride, self-righteousness and self-centeredness. In the Gospel reading he is grateful to the Father who has "hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people."

 

The call for us today is to listen to God's word with openness and humility and to live it with the mind and heart of Christ. We pray for the grace to imbibe the traits of the "simple people" loved and favored by our Father in heaven: "Fortunate are those with a pure heart, for they shall see God." (Mt 5: 8) "Truly, I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." (Lk 18: 17)

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     Carmela Ramos

     Magie P. Valencerina

 

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 16, 2018

 

TUESDAY, 15TH Week in Ordinary Time

July 17, 2018 – TUESDAY, 15TH Week in Ordinary Time

Green.

 

Is 7: 1 - 9 / Mt 11: 20- 24

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Is 7: 7- 9

The Lord Yahweh says: "It shall not be so, it shall not come to pass. For Damascus is only the head of Aram and Rezin the head of Damascus. Samaria is only the head of Ephraim and Remaliah's son is only the lord of Samaria. Within fifty-six years, Ephraim will be shattered and will no longer be a people. But if you do not stand firm in faith, you, too, will not stand at all."

 

GOSPEL READING:           Mt 11: 20- 24

Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which he had performed most of his miracles, because the people there did not change their ways, "Alas for you, Chorazin and Bethsaida! If the miracles worked in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, the people there would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I assure you, for Tyre and Sidon it will be more bearable on the day of judgment than for you.

 

"And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to heaven? You will be thrown down to the place of the dead! For if the miracles which were performed in you had taken place in Sodom, it would still be there today! But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."

 

REFLECTION

In both readings today we are reminded of faith and trust in God.

 

In the first reading the prophet Isaiah reminds King Ahaz of Israel's covenant with Yahweh and that Israel must rely on the Covenant and Yahweh's continuing protection.

 

In the Gospel reading Jesus denounces the cities in which he had preached and performed many of his miracles. Despite his many great deeds, very few received his message and repented in Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum. Jesus tells them that, if his great deeds and miracles had been performed in Tyre, Sidon and Sodom, the people in those places would have listened and repented.

 

We may no longer worship false gods and images, as the ancient Greeks and Romans did; but we do have many gods in our lives- money and success, power and prestige, the approval of others and our own self-esteem, sex and drugs - the list goes on. The evil one is very good in turning what may be good in itself into idols to replace God in our lives. In pursuing these, we may be shutting out the voice and values of Christ in our lives..

 

Despite the many good things and talents God has given us, we can forget about him in our pursuit of these false gods and values. We can be so attached to our own will and "success" that we forget God's will and values.

 

Let us heed the warnings in today's readings that we may discern God and his actions in our lives, repent and keep his commandments.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     Roge!io Carpio Jr.

     Filadelfo lnocentes Jr.

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     Francisco & Purificacion Cailles Lo

     Joseph Lim Sinche (01 Jan 1927 - 17 Jut 2076)

 

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 14, 2018

 

15th SUNDAY in Ordinary Time

July 15, 2018 – 15th SUNDAY in Ordinary Time

Cycle B. Green.

 

Am 7: 12- 15 / Eph 1: 3- 14 / Mk 6: 7- 13

 

1ST READING:    Am 7: 12- 15

Amaziah then said to Amos, "Off with you, seer, go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there by prophesying. But never again prophesy at Bethel for it is a king's sanctuary and a national shrine."

 

Amos replied to Amaziah, "I am not a prophet or one of the fellow-prophets. I am a breeder of sheep and a dresser of sycamore trees. But Yahweh took me from shepherding the flock and said to me: 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel."'

 

FROM THE 2ND READING:            Eph 1: 9 -14

God has made known to us his mysterious design, in accordance with his loving kindness in Christ. In him and under him God wanted to unite, when the fullness of time had come, everything in heaven and on earth.

 

By a decree of him who disposes all things according to his own plan and decision we, the Jews, have been chosen and called and were awaiting the Messiah, for the praise of his glory.

 

You, on hearing the word of truth, the Gospel that saves you, have believed in him. And, as promised, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit, the first pledge of what we shall receive, on the way to our deliverance as a people of God, for the praise of his glory.

 

FROM THE GOSPEL READING:     Mk 6: 7- 13

Jesus called the Twelve to him and began to send them out two by two, giving them authority over evil spirits. And he ordered them to take nothing for the journey except a staff: no food, no bag, no money in their belts. They were to wear sandals and were not to take an extra tunic.

 

And he added, "In whatever house you are welcomed, stay there until you leave the place. If any place doesn't receive you and the people refuse to listen to you, leave after shaking the dust off your feet. It will be a testimony against them,"

 

So they set out to proclaim that this was the time to repent. They drove out many demons and healed many sick people by anointing them.

 

REFLECTION

In the first reading God sends Amos, a breeder of sheep and dresser of sycamore trees, to prophesy to Israel. The people of Israel refused to listen to him.

 

In the Gospel reading Jesus sends off the Twelve two by two to preach the Good News, with power to heal the sick and to expel evil spirits. He gives them instructions not even to carry the bare necessities but to depend on the generosity and hospitality of those who will listen and receive them.

 

In the second reading, in his Letter to the Ephesians, Paul speaks of his travels and preaching of Jesus our Lord and Savior. Beginning with the Jews, the Good News was preached to the Gentiles by Paul and many other followers and believers in Christ.

 

The preaching of the Apostles and of St. Paul has been continued through the ages by generous and adventurous missionaries of the Church to the whole world, beyond Israel and what was then the Roman Empire. Even today, though Christianity has spread throughout the world, the greater majority of the world's billions of people have not been preached Christ's Good News.

 

May God continue to choose generous workers in his vineyard: "The harvest is rich, but the workers are few. So you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his harvest." (Lk 10: 2)

 

And we must do our share of preaching the Good News and living it in our lives.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     Carmela Maria Luza Bautista

     Edmond Datuin

     Fr. Henry C. Ponce S.J.

     Amabel N. Sangalang

     Luigi RyanTaa

     Richard V. Tamayo

     Jerwin A. Villaluz

     Evelyn Young

 

THANKSGIVING 

     (BIRTH ANNIVERSARY) 1st MTQ Neo-Catechumenal Community 1975

 

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 13, 2018

 

SATURDAY, 14TH Week in Ordinary Time

July 14, 2018 – SATURDAY, 14TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin; St. Camillus de Lellis, Priest and Religious Founder
Memorial. White.

Is 6: 1- 8 / Mt 10: 24- 33

St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 - 1680), daughter of a Mohawk warrior, dedicated her life to prayer, penance and the care of the sick and the aged. She is called, "the Lily of the Mohawks."

St. Camillus de Lellis (1550 - 1614), of a noble Italian family, founded the Ministers of the Sick (Camillians) which received papal approval in 1586.

1ST READING: Is 6: 1 - 8
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted; the train of his robe filled the Temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: two to cover the face, two to cover the feet, and two to fly with. They were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is Yahweh Sabaoth. All the earth is filled with his Glory."

At the sound of their voices the foundations of the threshold shook and the Temple was filled with smoke. I said, "Poor me! I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips living among people of unclean lips, and yet I have seen the King, Yahweh Sabaoth."

Then one of the seraphs flew to me; in his hands was a live coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with it and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin is forgiven."

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" I answered, "Here I am. Send me!"

From the Gospel Reading:  Mt 10: 28- 31
Jesus said, "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but have no power to kill the soul. Rather be afraid of him who can destroy both body and soul in hell. For only a few cents you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father's consent. As for you, every hair of your head has been counted. So do not be afraid: you are worth much more than many sparrows."

REFLECTION
In the first reading we see the Prophet Isaiah called and missioned by God to teach the people about God. Isaiah, cleansed, generously replies, "Here I am. Send me!"

Are we ready like Isaiah to be his instruments in proclaiming his Word to all? Are we willing to be led by God wherever he wishes us to go?

In the Gospel reading Jesus assures us of the care and love of the heavenly Father for each one of us, "For only a few cents you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father's consent. ... So do not be afraid: you are worth much more than many sparrows." We pray that we truly trust our heavenly Father: Why should we doubt? Why should we be afraid?

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY 
     Elmer C. Belay
     Roily Mansanares Cabral

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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Thursday, July 12, 2018

 

FRIDAY, 14th Week in Ordinary Time

July 13, 2018 – FRIDAY, 14th Week in Ordinary Time 

St. Henry

Green.

 

Hos 14: 2 - 10 / Mt 10: 16 – 23

 

St. Henry (973 - 1024) was Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire from 1014. He used his power to extend the Kingdom of God by promoting missionary work. His wife was St. Cunegunda of Luxembourg (975- 1040).

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Hos 14: 7b- 8

His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a Lebanon cedar. They will dwell in my shade again, they will flourish like the grain, they will blossom like a vine, and their fame shall be like Lebanon wine.

 

GOSPEL READING:           Mt 10: 16- 23

Jesus said, "Look. I send you out like sheep among wolves. You must be clever as snakes and innocent as doves. Be on your guard with respect to people, for they will hand you over to their courts and they will flog you in their synagogues. You will be brought to trial before rulers and kings because of me, and so you may witness to them and the pagans.

 

"But when you are arrested, do not worry about what you are to say and how you are to say it; when the hour comes, you will be given what you are to say. For it is not you who will speak; but it will be the Spirit of your Father in you,

 

"Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child; children will turn against their parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me, but whoever stands firm to the end will be saved.

 

"When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next. For sure, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes."

 

REFLECTION

We are called by God in many ways. But often God calls us to something not so easy, something with many challenges and difficulties. There are times others may not understand what we are doing and what motives we may have for what we are doing. As in the time of Jesus when so many refused to believe in him and hated him and. in the end, even had him sentenced to death on the cross, the following of Jesus will have its heavy costs on us. In the Gospel reading Jesus warns us his followers of these dangers and difficulties: "I send you out like sheep among wolves. You must be clever as snakes and innocent as doves. Be on your guard with respect to people, for they will hand you over to their courts and they will flog you in their synagogues."

 

Jesus also assures us of triumph because of his love and protection: "Everyone will hate you because of me, but whoever stands firm to the end will be saved."

 

Using the image of healthy trees, in the first reading Hosea assures us that those who follow God will prosper and grow.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     Anna Lou C. Enrile

     Daisy Paumig

     Aleja Neon! Sandiko

 

THANKSGIVING 

     Brighter Marketing Corporation

 

PRAYER INTENTION  

     Elaine Margaret W Cuyegkeng 

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     (BIRTH ANNIVERSARY) - Juliano T. Lim

 

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, July 11, 2018

 

THURSDAY, 14th Week in Ordinary Time

July 12, 2018 – THURSDAY, 14th Week in Ordinary Time 

Sts. Louis Martin and Marie Zelle Guerin, Parents of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Green.

 

Hos 11: 1 - 4, Be - 9 / Mt 10: 7- 15

 

Sts. Louis Martin (1823 - 1894) and Marie Zelle Guerin (1831 - 1877), parents of St. Theres of the Child Jesus (1873 - 1897), were beatified at the cathedral of Lisieux on 19 October 2008 and canonized in Rome on 18 October 2015 by Pope Francis as models of the mystery of the vocation of married life. They had nine children.

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Hos 11: 1 - 4

I loved Israel when he was a child; out of Egypt I called my son. But the more I called, the further have they gone from me - sacrificing to the Baals, burning incense to the idols.

 

Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; yet little did they realize that I cared for them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with leading strings of love, and I became for them one who eases the yoke upon their neck and stoops down to feed them.

 

FROM THE GOSPEL READING:     Mt 10: 7- 13

Jesus said to the Twelve, "Go and proclaim this message: The kingdom of God is near. Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons. You received this as a gift, so give it as a gift. Do not carry any gold, silver or copper in your purses, Do not carry a traveler's bag, or an extra shirt, or sandals, or walking stick: workers deserve their living.

 

"When you come to a town or a village, look for a worthy person and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, wish it peace. If the people in the house deserve it, your peace will be on them; if they do not deserve it, your blessing will come back to you."

 

REFLECTION

In the first reading the prophet Hosea speaks of God's love for Israel despite Israel's infidelities.

 

In today's Gospel reading Jesus sends off the Twelve on mission without expecting any return; he gives them the gift of healing, of raising the dead back to life, of cleansing lepers and driving out demons. He tells them to proclaim the coming of God's kingdom.

 

While we have not been given the same miraculous powers to share with others, we too are missioned to preach the Good News and to do what we can to make people happier and more peaceful and the world brighter and more loving.

 

Jesus tells the Twelve not to bring gold or an extra shirt but to trust in other people. He reminds us to travel light and to be aware of what is really important in our life's journey. He tells us to trust in the goodness of people and to believe in the benevolence of God's creation.

 

Are we ready to return God's love for us by loving others?

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     Ethan Gabriel U. Ampil

     Jet Gaerlan

 

WEDDING ANNVIERSARY 

     Louie & Clarisse Ann Tan

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     Veronica Lim Jurado

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the personal intentions of Pauline Kahn.

 

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, July 10, 2018

 

Wednesday, 14th Week in Ordinary Time

July 11, 2018 – Wednesday, 14th Week in Ordinary Time

St. Benedict, Abbot and Religious Founder

Memorial. White

 

Hos 10: 1 - 3, 7- 8, 12 / Mt 10: 1 - 7

 

St. Benedict (480 - 547), born in Norcia, organized monastic life with his Rule for the Benedictines. He was proclaimed Patron of Europe by Pope Bl. Paul VI. St. Scholastica (480- 547) was his twin sister.

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:             Hos 10: 1 - 2, 12

Israel was a spreading vine, rich in fruit. The more his fruit increased, the more altars he built; the more his land prospered, the more he adorned his sacred stones. Their heart is divided! They shall pay for it. Their altars will be thrown down and their sacred stones broken into pieces....

 

Plow new ground, sow for yourselves justice and reap the harvest of kindness. It is the time to go seeking Yahweh until he comes to rain salvation on you.

 

GOSPEL READING:           Mt 10: 1 - 7

Then he called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority over the unclean spirits to drive them out and to heal every disease and sickness.

 

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew, the tax collector; James, the son of Alpheus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas lscariot, who would betray him.

 

Jesus sent these Twelve on mission with the instruction: "Do not visit pagan territory and do not enter a Samaritan town. Go instead to the lost sheep of Israel. Go and proclaim this message: The kingdom of God is at hand."

 

REFLECTION

In the first reading, in the midst of evil and turning away from God, the prophet Hosea calls for conversion and a return to God.

 

The Twelve whom Jesus named apostles were ordinary people with neither high education nor extraordinary talents and possessions. They were ordinary people with their faults and shortcomings: proud, stubborn and hard-headed. Two would betray Jesus: one three times before simple house-maids and one for thirty pieces of silver.

 

However, they were basically faithful followers of Jesus. Strengthened by the coming of the Holy Spirit, they preached the Good News of Jesus to the world. Except for the apostle John, all of them gave witness to the Jesus they followed and the Gospel they preached with their lives.

 

God makes use of the ordinary to accomplish truly extraordinary things. God has decided to make use of and to need people for the spread of his kingdom through the Church.

 

St. Benedict, founder of the Benedictines, was an outstanding follower of Christ in the sixth century, prescribing prayer, study and work for his monks for the support and spread of the Church and the Kingdom of God. The Benedictines have had great contributions to the Church and the world in monastic life and liturgical worship, in education, art and literature.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     Leila C. Cortezano

     Lal Manalo

     Romeo B. Mary

     Andres Nicole Ching Sy!ing

 

WEDDING ANNVIERSARY 

     Edmund & Millie Dy

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     Elena A. Tung

 

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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