Monday, July 02, 2007


Memorial, St Thomas, apostle

July 3, 2007
Memorial, St Thomas, apostle
Tuesday 13th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but
you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the
household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and
prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the
whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the
Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place
of God in the Spirit.

JOHN 20:24-29
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when
Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the
Lord." But Thomas said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in
his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into
his side, I will not believe." Now a week later his disciples were
again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors
were locked, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and
bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving,
but believe." Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

Often enough we behave as did Thomas in today's Gospel, when doubts
assail us. We tend to hide and isolate ourselves instead of sharing
the doubts with others, who might very well be able to resolve the
painful situation we find ourselves in.

This is what Thomas did. Fortunately he decided to return to the
community. At first he remained adamant in his unbelief, asserting
that renewed belief in Jesus would be conditioned on whether he could
put his finger into the holes in Jesus' hands, and put his hand into
the wound in Jesus' side. When Jesus appeared to the disciples and to
Thomas, strongly urging Thomas to believe beyond what senses and mind
can touch, the apostle responded, clearly indicating that his belief
went far beyond the physical evidence. He spoke, confessing that Jesus
was his Lord and his God.

"My Lord and my God!" is a beautiful, a powerful prayer for us to
speak in the midst of the community when doubts assail us.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Dodo
- Ely
- Stef
- Salvador L. Mallari
... for the personal intentions and guidance of:
- Jasmin
- Lydia and family
- Sandoval and Balingit family
- Peter and family
- Guevara family
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Jaime delos Santos
- Jerry Guevara
Eternal rest grant unto them and perpetual light shine upon them. May
they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Aida Q. Capati
- Birthday: Fr. Gilberto Leboroni
- In Memoriam (+): Ernesto P. Valencia
- In Memoriam (+): Wilson Ong Kimso
... 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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