Sunday, August 06, 2006


Monday 18th Week in Ordinary Time

August 7, 2006
Monday 18th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II

JEREMIAH 28:1-17
In the fifth month of that same year, the fourth year, early in the
reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, who
was from Gibeon, said to me in the house of the LORD in the presence of
the priests and all the people: "This is what the LORD Almighty, the
God of Israel, says: `I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.
Within two years I will bring back to this place all the articles of
the LORD's house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from here
and took to Babylon. I will also bring back to this place Jehoiachin
son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and all the other exiles from Judah who
went to Babylon,' declares the LORD, `for I will break the yoke of the
king of Babylon.'" Then the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet
Hananiah before the priests and all the people who were standing in the
house of the LORD. He said, "Amen! May the LORD do so! May the LORD
fulfill the words you have prophesied by bringing the articles of the
LORD's house and all the exiles back to this place from Babylon.
Nevertheless, listen to what I have to say in your hearing and in the
hearing of all the people: From early times the prophets who preceded
you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plague against many
countries and great kingdoms. But the prophet who prophesies peace will
be recognized as one truly sent by the LORD only if his prediction
comes true." Then the prophet Hananiah took the yoke off the neck of
the prophet Jeremiah and broke it, and he said before all the people,
"This is what the LORD says: `In the same way will I break the yoke of
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon off the neck of all the nations within
two years.'" At this, the prophet Jeremiah went on his way. Shortly
after the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke off the neck of the
prophet Jeremiah, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: "Go and tell
Hananiah, `This is what the LORD says: You have broken a wooden yoke,
but in its place you will get a yoke of iron. This is what the LORD
Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will put an iron yoke on the necks
of all these nations to make them serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,
and they will serve him. I will even give him control over the wild
animals.'" Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet,
"Listen, Hananiah! The LORD has not sent you, yet you have persuaded
this nation to trust in lies. Therefore, this is what the LORD says: `I
am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you
are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the
LORD.'" In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet

MATTHEW 14:13-21
When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a
solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from
the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion
on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples
came to him and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting
late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy
themselves some food." Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You
give them something to eat." "We have here only five loaves of bread
and two fish," they answered. "Bring them here to me," he said. And he
directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves
and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the
loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them
to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples
picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The
number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and

In today's first reading, Hananiah foretells the demise of the
Babylonian Empire. His support for this was an analysis of the
political situation. The small kingdoms about Israel and Judah had
formed a coalition to face the might of Babylon. Undoubtedly, Hananiah
thought the coalition would be successful and he read into this the
support of Yahweh. Jeremiah however knew himself to have been chosen by
Yahweh to be his prophet and he relied exclusively on the word Yahweh
spoke to him.

Because of his fidelity to his vocation and to Yahweh, Jeremiah
suffered greatly, and he complained bitterly that Yahweh had given him
an impossible task. Government people, religious leaders, professional
prophets and ordinary citizens refused to accept his prophecies. They
ridiculed him, accused him of treason, imprisoned him, maltreated and
mauled him, threatened with death. Jeremiah however refused to abandon
the truth that Yahweh spoke to him. He continues to be a sterling model
for us in a world in which respect for truth of any sort seems to be in
such short supply.

We pray ...
-for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
-for the healing & complete recovery of Fe Asis
-for the healing & complete recovery of Clarence Satuito
-for the continued and complete recovery of Ding Vidanes
-for wisdom and guidance for Jasmin on her exam
-for the personal intentions of Lydia and Jennette
-for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
-In Memoriam (+): Sy Biao
-In Memoriam (+): Cornelio Onal (1924-2004)
-In Memoriam (+): Arceli Dominique L. Pasague (July 14, 1996 - August

07, 2005)
-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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