Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Thursday 15th Week in Ordinary Time
July 20 2006
Thursday 15th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
ISAIAH 26:7-9, 12, 16-19
The way of the just is smooth; the path of the just you make level.
Yes, for your way and your judgments, O LORD, we look to you; Your name
and your title are the desire of our souls. My soul yearns for you in
the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you; When your
judgment dawns upon the earth, the world's inhabitants learn justice. O
LORD, you mete out peace to us, for it is you who have accomplished all
we have done. O LORD, oppressed by your punishment, we cried out in
anguish under your chastising. As a woman about to give birth writhes
and cries out in her pains, so were we in your presence, O LORD. We
conceived and writhed in pain, giving birth to wind; Salvation we have
not achieved for the earth, the inhabitants of the world cannot bring
it forth. But your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise; awake and
sing, you who lie in the dust. For your dew is a dew of light, and the
land of shades gives birth.
Jesus said: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will
give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek
and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke
is easy, and my burden light."
A good teacher knows how to command attention and adopts various
techniques when the students' concentration wanes. Jesus is no
exception. The good teacher that Jesus is, using paradox, he describes
the yoke of his Gospel as easy and his burden as light. Unaccustomed as
we are to pairing off these particular nouns and adjectives, we are
jolted into stopping and reflecting.
Jesus will never abandon us. He knows that our lives are demanding and
fretful, filled with anxieties about work, housing, relationships,
money, etc. As a result, we may have difficulty absorbing the
nourishment of prayer, scripture reading and the sacraments. People can
be like pieces of rubber bands stretched to their utmost limits one
day, then the next day in a state of collapse.
Jesus' yoke is a whole way of life - a discipleship, and a relationship
with him. He demands of us willing service to the Gospel, but rewards
us with friendship and love. Our part of the bargain is a twofold
pledge: to model our lives on his and to enter wholeheartedly into
relationship with him.
The image of the yoke calls to mind two oxen ploughing a field side by
side, in step with one another. Jesus walks by our side. Because he
shares our burden, he befriends us on our journey through life and
invites us to rest with him at the end of the day. We are made in the
image of a hard-working God who labors to create the world and who
works with us to sustain it. He rests with us as we renew our energies.
Discipleship and trust are key qualities that are needed. Enthusiasm
for the Lord can see us through the ups and downs of life. It can help
us focus and fill us with the light of his grace. The conviction that
Jesus is by our side can calm our fears and encourages us to take the
spiritual rest that we all need for a healthy and balanced life as we
journey on the difficult road of life. Let us always be aware of Jesus
by our side, not just lifting or removing but sharing our burdens, and
helping us to bear with joy the yoke of discipleship.
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 continued and complete recovery of Ding Vidanes.
- for the speedy recovery of Sergio Aresta.
- In Memoriam: Aquilino R. Fellizar
- for the continued and speedy recovery of Charlie Castro.
- for the personal intentions of Julie & Glenn Manzon.
- for the personal intentions of Mary Ann Castro.
- for the continued and complete recovery of Lourdes Barayoga.
- for the speedy recovery of Pat Manzon & Linda Manzon.
- for the personal intentions of Erlyn.
- for the speedy recovery of Eddie.
- for the special intentions of Carlos and Emma.
- for the special intentions of Josefina Maguigad, Mike & Joy
Maguigad, and Cesare' Garcia
- for the early recovery of Lita
- special prayer for JR.
- for the personal intentions of Rowena Supat Cerialis
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Doming Barayoga Sr. 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 Tito Rouquel & Tita Nina that they will find a passage out of
and return home safely.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- 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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