Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Wednesday 14th Week in Ordinary Time
July 12, 2006
Wednesday 14th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
HOSEA 10:1-3, 7-8, 12
Israel is a luxuriant vine whose fruit matches its growth. The more
abundant his fruit, the more altars he built; The more productive his
land, the more sacred pillars he set up. Their heart is false, now they
pay for their guilt; God shall break down their altars and destroy
their sacred pillars. If they would say, "We have no king"- Since they
do not fear the LORD, what can the king do for them? The king of
Samaria shall disappear, like foam upon the waters. The high places of
Aven shall be destroyed, the sin of Israel; thorns and thistles shall
overgrow their altars. Then they shall cry out to the mountains, "Cover
us!" and to the hills, "Fall upon us!" "Sow for yourselves justice,
reap the fruit of piety; break up for yourselves a new field, for it is
time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain down justice upon you."
Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over
unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every
illness. The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: 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 Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the
Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus. Jesus sent out these
Twelve after instructing them thus, "Do not go into pagan territory or
enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of
Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: 'The Kingdom of heaven is at
Jesus started his apostleship by choosing 12 men from among common
people. He taught them through parables, through various teaching, by
example and through miracles. He taught them that the kingdom of heaven
is not what they imagined it to be.
Until today, the power of Jesus' message transforms us into doing our
share in his mission. It opens our eyes to what he has done; it opens
our ears to his teachings. But even more so, his message restores us to
a better way of life, a life reborn of the Holy Spirit - a new life.
This transformation comes from believing. For every house that welcomes
this peace, the peace remains. For every house that rejects his message
of peace, the peace departs.
Jesus instructed his disciples to start with the lost sheep of Israel
instead of going into pagan and Samaritan territory because he knew
that these people were not yet ready to accept the Good News. On the
contrary, the Jews possessed the laws of the covenant since the time of
their ancestors. It was their tradition and way of life. Jesus knew
that this was the key to their beliefs and entrusted this knowledge to
Peter and the other apostles. As witnesses to his teachings, they were
empowered to bring the Good News to the Jews and later, when they were
ready, to the Gentiles.
Have we considered our own calling lately? Have we reviewed our lives?
Let's take a few minutes to reflect on Jesus' plans for our salvation.
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.
- In thanksgiving: Fely B and family.
- for the special intentions of JR B.
- for the continued and complete recovery of Ding Vidanes.
- for the special intentions of Josefina Maguigad, Mike and Joy
Maguigad, and Cesare' Garcia.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Wedding Anniversary: Gideon & Beatriz Go
- 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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