Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Wednesday 12th Week in Ordinary Time

June 27, 2007
Wednesday 12th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

GENESIS 15:1-12, 17-18
The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: "Fear not, Abram! I
your shield; I will make your reward very great." But Abram said, "O
Lord God, what good will your gifts be, if I keep on being childless
and have as my heir the steward of my house, Eliezer?" Abram
continued, "See, you have given me no offspring, and so one of my
servants will be my heir." Then the word of the LORD came to him:
that one shall not be your heir; your own issue shall be your heir."
He took him outside and said: "Look up at the sky and count the
if you can. Just so," he added, "shall your descendants be." Abram
his faith in the LORD, who credited it to him as an act of
righteousness. He then said to him, "I am the LORD who brought you
from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as a possession." "O
Lord God," he asked, "how am I to know that I shall possess it?" He
answered him, "Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old
goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon." Abram
brought him all these, split them in two, and placed each half
opposite the other; but the birds he did not cut up. Birds of prey
swooped down on the carcasses, but Abram stayed with them. As the sun
was about to set, a trance fell upon Abram, and a deep, terrifying
darkness enveloped him. When the sun had set and it was dark, there
appeared a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch, which passed between
those pieces. It was on that occasion that the LORD made a covenant
with Abram, saying: "To your descendants I give this land, from the
Wadi of Egypt to the Great River the Euphrates."

MATTHEW 7:15-20
Jesus said to his disciples: "Beware of false prophets, who come to
you in sheep's clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their
fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes,
figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a
rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor
can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good
fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits
you will know them."

How do we know the false prophets from the true? Christ says: "By
their deeds, by their fruits, you will know them." What deeds? By
their fidelity to the teachings of Christ in the Gospels, for God is
revealed to us in Christ and only in Him do we have a sure way to the

If we try to have a sound eye and ear for the Gospel, knowing it
through reading and prayer, with the help of the Spirit we will grow
in the ability to discern the sentimentality which turns Christ's
teaching into a sort of easy love ethic without discipline or
sacrifice. We will be able to recognize the permissiveness which
clouds the difference between right and wrong as well as the
hairsplitting legalism which hold the letter of the law in greater
respect than the spirit. Nothing will serve us better than this
seeking of the guidance of the Spirit. When we are hard pressed to
find the security and certainty we look for, let us depend on the
Spirit of God to bring us His fruits.

St. Paul has listed these fruits of the spirit as joy, love, peace,
patience, kindness, generosity and fidelity. Where we find these, we
can be sure that there is no false prophet present.

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the healing and speedy recovery of:
- Dodo
- Ely
- Ver Reyes
.. for the personal intentions and guidance of Maria Fatima and Jose
.. for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Baby Recto Gelano
- Birthday: Lorenzo M. Escobar
- Birthday: Yvonne Lucindo
- In Memoriam (+): Pelagia C. Tan
.. 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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