Friday, July 14, 2006
Memorial, St. Bonaventure, bishop & doctor
July 15, 2006
Memorial, St. Bonaventure, bishop & doctor
Saturday 14th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty
throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple. Seraphim were
stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they veiled their
faces, with two they veiled their feet, and with two they hovered
aloft. They cried one to the other, "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of
hosts! All the earth is filled with his glory!" At the sound of that
cry, the frame of the door shook and the house was filled with smoke.
Then I said, "Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips,
living among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King,
the LORD of hosts!" Then one of the seraphim flew to me, holding an
ember that he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth
with it and said, "See, now that this has touched your lips, your
wickedness is removed, your sin purged." Then I heard the voice of the
Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?" "Here I am," I
said; "send me!"
Jesus said to his Apostles: "No disciple is above his teacher, no slave
above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his
teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. If they have
called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his
household! "Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed
that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I
say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear
whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who
kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one
who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows
sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without
your Father's knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Everyone
who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly
Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my
In today's Gospel reading, the point is made that the disciples of
Jesus have to proclaim him to people. But there are many different ways
to understand this. It could mean various things, like a doctrine that
is to be spread and imposed by all means upon people. But the Gospel
speaks of something entirely different. Jesus makes it very clear that
words are not enough. The disciple who wants to bear witness to Jesus
must do so by deeds. As Jesus says: "Not everyone who says to me 'Lord,
Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven but the person who does the will
of my Father in heaven." Jesus also says: "For the Son of Man is going
to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will
reward each one according to his behavior."
Yes, only what one practices shows what sort of person he is and what
motivates him. Words are too often a mere smoke screen that hides the
In the course of the centuries, the name of Jesus has been a label
stuck on many things. This happening even now. Yet there is little
doubt what it really covers. In the scriptures, God has a human face.
If in the name of God people are trampled upon in whatever way, this
can never serve God whom Jesus called our Father. Jesus says: "Whatever
you do to the least of those who are mine, you do it to me."
The Church of Jesus is everywhere where people stand up for human
rights. The compassion of Jesus led him so far that his actions
remained human even at his abasement on the cross. The Gospel is
disarming and honors heroes who are without glory. True disciples of
Jesus dare to be nonviolent. This is the only kind of heroism God
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 special intentions of Josefina Maguigad, Mike and Joy
Maguigad, and Cesare' Garcia.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Jesus Masanque. Eternal
rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he
and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for the speedy recovery of Mariya Ryza Tigno.
- for the speedy recovery of Chiqui Lara.
- for the continued recovery of Tito Cale.
- for the personal intentions of PM.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Vera May Haynes Grey
- Birthday: Eleanore Alvarez
- Feastday: Order Of St. Camillus
- Wedding Anniversary: Ben & Lydia Lim
- 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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