Sunday, July 09, 2006


Monday 14th Week in Ordinary Time

July 10, 2006
Monday 14th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II

HOSEA 2:16, 17C-18, 21-22
Thus says the LORD: I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert
and speak to her heart. She shall respond there as in the days of her
youth, when she came up from the land of Egypt. On that day, says the
LORD, She shall call me "My husband," and never again "My baal." I will
espouse you to me forever: I will espouse you in right and in justice,
in love and in mercy; I will espouse you in fidelity, and you shall
know the LORD.

MATTHEW 9:18-26
While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward, knelt down before
him, and said, "My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on
her, and she will live." Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his
disciples. A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up
behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself,
"If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured." Jesus turned around
and saw her, and said, "Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you."
And from that hour the woman was cured. When Jesus arrived at the
official's house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were
making a commotion, he said, "Go away! The girl is not dead but
sleeping." And they ridiculed him. When the crowd was put out, he came
and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. And news of this
spread throughout all that land.

Today's Gospel is about faith - believing without understanding,
believing beyond reasons. The two persons in today's Gospel demonstrate
great faith in Jesus. They firmly believed Jesus could help them to
solve their problems.

The synagogue leader was a man of great influence, with a good standing
in society. He was undoubtedly conscious of his place in Jewish
society, but he humbled himself, out of love for his daughter, to seek
help from Jesus. He believed in the goodness of Jesus. He believed
without doubt that Jesus could bring his daughter back to good health.

Jesus, on the other hand, understood the synagogue leader's
predicament. He was touched by his humble faith. He graciously
responded to the request and went to the leader's house. There he
performed the miracle of waking up the dead girl.

The hemorrhagic woman was also full of faith, "If I can only touch
Jesus' garment, I shall get well." She got what she wanted, because of
her belief.

Let us reflect on our lives. Has the Lord revealed himself to us
through events that have directly touched us? Did we recognize his
presence in our lives? Perhaps God has already influenced every step in
our lives, weaving our lives and strengthening our faith. And all we
need to do is to realize this in our hearts and minds.

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 Mon Alegre's sister.
- for the continued recovery of Tito Cale.
- In thanksgiving: Fely B and family.
- for the special intentions of JR B.
- for the continued and complete recovery of Ding Vidanes.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Fr. Enrique Ma. Lalana, S.J.
- Wedding Anniversary: Daniel & Ramona Hwan
- 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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