Friday, June 30, 2006
Saturday 12th Week in Ordinary Time
July 1, 2006
Saturday 12th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
LAMENTATIONS 2:2, 10-14, 18-19
The Lord has consumed without pity all the dwellings of Jacob; He has
torn down in his anger the fortresses of daughter Judah; He has brought
to the ground in dishonor her king and her princes. On the ground in
silence sit the old men of daughter Zion; They strew dust on their
heads and gird themselves with sackcloth; The maidens of Jerusalem bow
their heads to the ground. Worn out from weeping are my eyes, within me
all is in ferment; My gall is poured out on the ground because of the
downfall of the daughter of my people, As child and infant faint away
in the open spaces of the town. In vain they ask their mothers, "Where
is the grain?" As they faint away like the wounded in the streets of
the city, And breathe their last in their mothers' arms. To what can I
liken or compare you, O daughter Jerusalem? What example can I show you
for your comfort, virgin daughter Zion? For great as the sea is your
downfall; who can heal you? Your prophets had for you false and
specious visions; They did not lay bare your guilt, to avert your fate;
They beheld for you in vision false and misleading portents. Cry out to
the Lord; moan, O daughter Zion! Let your tears flow like a torrent day
and night; Let there be no respite for you, no repose for your eyes.
Rise up, shrill in the night, at the beginning of every watch; Pour out
your heart like water in the presence of the Lord; Lift up your hands
to him for the lives of your little ones Who faint from hunger at the
corner of every street.
When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed
to him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering
dreadfully." He said to him, "I will come and cure him." The centurion
said in reply, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man
subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one,
'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come here,' and he comes; and to my
slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed
and said to those following him, "Amen, I say to you, in no one in
Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the
east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at
the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven, but the children of the Kingdom
will be driven out into the outer darkness, where there will be wailing
and grinding of teeth." And Jesus said to the centurion, "You may go;
as you have believed, let it be done for you." And at that very hour
his servant was healed. Jesus entered the house of Peter, and saw his
mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, the fever
left her, and she rose and waited on him. When it was evening, they
brought him many who were possessed by demons, and he drove out the
spirits by a word and cured all the sick, to fulfill what had been said
by Isaiah the prophet: He took away our infirmities and bore our
In the first reading, we see the anger of the Lord manifested in the
daughter Judah for the wrongdoing that she had done. Later in the same
reading we read that the Israelite people repented and suffered for
many of the wrong doings. In the end, they cried out to the Lord so
that they can reach out and ask the Lord to for his help.
In our own lives, how often have we committed offenses against the Lord
or our neighbors, and felt that we deserved punishment? And yet, the
Lord was merciful enough to us so that when we reached out to him with
humility and genuine regret, he helped us to overcome our faults,
errors and guilt and helped us to return to his loving protection.
There are many miracles that Jesus performed while he was on earth.
Today's Gospel relates the centurion who asked Jesus to cure his
servant. So great was the centurion's trust in Jesus' healing power
that he did not need his physical presence to cure his servant.
Today when we reflect and ask the Lord for help in our various needs,
let us ask ourselves: Is our trust and belief in the Lord strong enough
that even during difficult times we continue to feel his presence
helping, guiding, strengthening us and giving us the courage we need?
For such is the power of the Lord.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the continued recovery of Aida.
- for the speedy recovery of Cadio.
- for the speedy recovery of Ben de Jesus.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Hermelinda Dizon. Eternal
rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she
and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Nelia Acosta. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and
all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for the speedy and full recovery of the Mom of Gay.
- for the personal intentions of RR.
- for the continued recovery of Tito Cale.
- for the personal intentions of Fely,
- for the personal intentions of JR.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Tessie Ching
- Wedding Anniversary: Robin & Angel Roque
- In Memoriam (+): Vicente Tan Po
- for world peace and reconciliation.
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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