Monday, July 31, 2006
Wednesday 15th Week in Ordinary Time
July 19 2006
Wednesday 15th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
ISAIAH 10:5-7, 13B-16
Thus says the LORD: Woe to Assyria! My rod in anger, my staff in wrath.
Against an impious nation I send him, and against a people under my
wrath I order him To seize plunder, carry off loot, and tread them down
like the mud of the streets. But this is not what he intends, nor does
he have this in mind; Rather, it is in his heart to destroy, to make an
end of nations not a few. For he says: "By my own power I have done it,
and by my wisdom, for I am shrewd. I have moved the boundaries of
peoples, their treasures I have pillaged, and, like a giant, I have put
down the enthroned. My hand has seized like a nest the riches of
nations; As one takes eggs left alone, so I took in all the earth; No
one fluttered a wing, or opened a mouth, or chirped!" Will the axe
boast against him who hews with it? Will the saw exalt itself above him
who wields it? As if a rod could sway him who lifts it, or a staff him
who is not wood! Therefore the Lord, the LORD of hosts, will send among
his fat ones leanness, And instead of his glory there will be kindling
like the kindling of fire.
At that time Jesus exclaimed: "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of
heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the
wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes,
Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed
over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no
one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes
to reveal him."
Strangely enough the first reading begins with the phrase, "Woe to
Assyria!" "Strangely" because it goes on to say that Assyria is the rod
of Yahweh's anger, the staff of his wrath. It foretells that Assyria
will be the instrument, which God will use to punish Judah. Assyria
will be an instrument in Yahweh's hands even though the Assyrian king
does not realize it. He may boast that his armies are plundering Judah
in anticipation of destroying her. He may boast that his is the
intention, the destruction of Judah. He it is who will destroy
Jerusalem. Assyria will not go unpunished, not because of the king's
unrestrained boasting, but because he did not recognize that God is the
Lord of history, their history and the history of all the world's
The Assyrian king's boasting sounds as though he sees himself as a god.
By his own wisdom and power he has widened Assyria's boarders, by
pillage he has enlarged his treasures, he has seized the riches of many
nations and no one has moved a finger to stop him.
In the first reading, Isaiah proclaims his theology of history. Yahweh
is the supreme arbiter of the fate not only of his own people, but of
the pagan nations as well. God is the master of history who, in spite
of humankind's empty posturing and proud arrogance, moves the world in
the direction in which he would have it go.
And so it is even now. God, the Lord of History moves the world toward
the fulfillment of the Kingdom, whether with our cooperation, the
cooperation of humankind, or not.
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 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 Doming Barayoga Sr.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Desiree Jane & Winston John Dulay
- 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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