Monday, August 07, 2006


Memorial, St. Dominic, priest

August 8, 2006
Memorial, St. Dominic, priest
Tuesday 18th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II

JEREMIAH 30:1-2,12-15,18-22
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: "This is what the
LORD, the God of Israel, says: `Write in a book all the words I have
spoken to you. "This is what the LORD says: "`Your wound is incurable,
your injury beyond healing. There is no one to plead your cause, no
remedy for your sore, no healing for you. All your allies have
forgotten you; they care nothing for you. I have struck you as an enemy
would and punished you as would the cruel, because your guilt is so
great and your sins so many. Why do you cry out over your wound, your
pain that has no cure? Because of your great guilt and many sins I have
done these things to you. "This is what the LORD says: "`I will restore
the fortunes of Jacob's tents and have compassion on his dwellings; the
city will be rebuilt on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its
proper place. From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound
of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be
decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained.
Their children will be as in days of old, and their community will be
established before me; I will punish all who oppress them. Their leader
will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them. I
will bring him near and he will come close to me, for who is he who
will devote himself to be close to me?' declares the LORD. "`So you
will be my people, and I will be your God.'"

MATTHEW 14:22-36
Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other
side of the sea, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went
up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there
alone.Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being
tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During the
fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. "It
is a ghost," they said, and they cried out in fear. At once Jesus spoke
to them, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid." Peter said to him
in reply, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water."
He said, "Come." Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the
water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became
frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to
him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" After they got into
the boat, the wind died down. Those who were in the boat did him
homage, saying, "Truly, you are the Son of God." After making the
crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret. When the men of that place
recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People
brought to him all those who were sick and begged him that they might
touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were

Matthew's presentation of Jesus' appearance on the sea is quite
dramatic. It has the elements scripture normally employs to present a
theophany, a manifestation of the divine. Jesus' appearance is sudden
and his person is shrouded in mystery, with the result that terror
seizes his disciples. In his attempt to calm the disciples, Jesus'
words, "It is I," also carry with them the connotation of the divine
name, "I Am," which deepens the sense of the mysterious. Yet this Jesus
who takes on the appearance of the divine in the eyes of the disciples,
provides them with assurance of his personal care for them. He is
concerned about their well-being, he offers them hope.

In the first reading, Jeremiah, in spite of his gloom-ridden
prophecies, also offers hope. He has prophesied that the pagan king of
the Chaldeans with his powerful army will lay waste to Judah and
Jerusalem and the Temple and will drag Judah's king and people off to
slavery in Babylon. Now Jeremiah looks beyond the pain of destruction
and exile to a day on which Yahweh will restore his people to their
homeland, to Jerusalem which they will rebuild. Christians can be
defined as people who live by hope. It's part of our history, our
inheritance, as surely as God is love.

We pray ...
-For a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
-for wisdom and guidance for Jan Michael Cagulada on his bar exam
-for wisdom and guidance for Jasmin on her exam
-for the personal intentions of Lydia and Jennette
-For LR Cagulada, Emir Sullera, Eleazar Salut, and Fedirico Mangahas:
that they may find find jobs overseas
-For the protection and guidance of Alice Cagulada and Kimberly EA
-For the healing & complete recovery of Sister Hazel, Sister Dhel,
May Cagulada, Ver Gales, and Alice Cagulada
-For the speedy recovery of Charlie Castro
-For the personal intentions speedy recovery Lourdes Barayoga
-For the personal intentions of Pat and Linda Manzon
-For the personal intentions of Domingo Barayoga, Jr.
-For the personal intentions of Glenn and Julie Manzon
-For the personal intentions of Estellita and Buddy Escamilla
-For the personal intentions of Ma. Fe & Tootsie De Castro
-For the personal intentions of Glenda & Joel Bisco
-For the personal intentions of Churchill & Mariecho Barayoga
-For the personal intentions of Mary Ann and Charlie Castro
-For the personal intentions of Kristenelle and Oliver
-For the personal intentions and speedy recovery of Sis. Janet and Sis.
-For the eternal repose of the soul of Domingo Barayoga Sr.
Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon
Him. May they and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in Peace.
-In Memoriam: Francisco and Zenon Cagulada (Death Anniversary August
21 and August 25 respectively)
-For all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
-Birthday: Angelica Fae G. Tiu
-Birthday: Anita Pe Chongson
-Birthday: Adrianne Christina Chuaunsu
-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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