Friday, July 06, 2007


Saturday 13th Week in Ordinary Time

July 7, 2007
Saturday 13th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

GENESIS 27:1-5, 15-29
When Isaac was so old that his eyesight had failed him, he called his
older son Esau and said to him, "Son!" "Yes father!" he replied. Isaac
then said, "As you can see, I am so old that I may now die at any
time. Take your gear, therefore-your quiver and bow- and go out into
the country to hunt some game for me. With your catch prepare an
appetizing dish for me, such as I like, and bring it to me to eat, so
that I may give you my special blessing before I die." Rebekah had
been listening while Isaac was speaking to his son Esau. So, when Esau
went out into the country to hunt some game for his father, Rebekah
[then] took the best clothes of her older son Esau that she had in the
house, and gave them to her younger son Jacob to wear; and with the
skins of the kids she covered up his hands and the hairless parts of
his neck. Then she handed her son Jacob the appetizing dish and the
bread she had prepared. Bringing them to his father, Jacob said,
"Father!" "Yes?" replied Isaac. "Which of my sons are you?" Jacob
answered his father: "I am Esau, your first-born. I did as you told
me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me
your special blessing." But Isaac asked, "How did you succeed so
quickly, son?" He answered, "The Lord, your God, let things turn out
well with me." Isaac then said to Jacob, "Come closer, son, that I may
feel you, to learn whether you really are my son Esau or not." So
Jacob moved up closer to his father. When Isaac felt him, he said,
"Although the voice is Jacob's, the hands are Esau's." (He failed to
identify him because his hands were hairy, like those of his brother
Esau; so in the end he gave him his blessing.) Again he asked Jacob,
"Are you really my son Esau?" "Certainly," Jacob replied. Then Isaac
said, "Serve me your game, son, that I may eat of it and then give you
my blessing." Jacob served it to him, and Isaac ate; he brought him
wine, and he drank. Finally his father Isaac said to Jacob, "Come
closer, son, and kiss me." As Jacob went up and kissed him, Isaac
smelled the fragrance of his clothes. With that, he blessed him
saying, "Ah, the fragrance of my son is like the fragrance of a field
that the Lord has blessed! "May God give to you of the dew of the
heavens And of the fertility of the earth abundance of grain and wine.
"Let peoples serve you, and nations pay you homage; Be master of your
brothers, and may your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be those
who curse you, and blessed be those who bless you."

MATTHEW 9:14-17
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, "Why do we and the
Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?" Jesus answered
them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with
them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast. No one patches an old cloak with a piece of
unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the
tear gets worse. People do not put new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are
ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are

A wedding is a time to celebrate, not fast. Since a marriage metaphor
is used to describe the mystery of our relationship with God, what can
we learn from it?

First, since our union with God is symbolized by the union between
husband and wife, it must be marked by love. Love is defined as
selflessness as opposed to selfishness. Genuine love does not seek its
own pleasure, but the good and well-being of the other. How much does
God love us? St. John says: "God so loved the world that he gave us
his only Son."

Second, just as fidelity is a sign of the relationship between husband
and wife, so too fidelity must be a sign of our relationship with God.
Good examples of fidelity in marriage can be found among husbands and
wives show care and concern for each other even in their old age.

And how faithful is the Lord to us? Even when we ignore him or run
away from him or sin against him he always remains faithful to us. No
wonder St. Paul wrote: "It is precisely in this that God proves his
love for us - that while we were sinners, Christ died for us."

Third, since permanence is a characteristic of a good marriage, our
relationship with God should be forever.

As we continue this Eucharistic banquet, we should realize that it is
a wedding feast. Pray that we may respond to the Lord with a love that
is selfless, with a fidelity that holds firm in bad times, and with a
commitment that will last forever.

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Dodo
- Ely
- Stef
- Donna
- Tolentino A. Sandoval
- Salvador L. Mallari
- Julie Manzon
- Delly David
- Amileta Quinto
- Glenn Bisco
- Josie Ureta
- Charlie Castro
- Aileen Dimapilis
.. for the personal intentions and guidance of:
- Jasmin
- Lydia and family
- Pauline
- Emilio and Engracia C.
- Ma. Fatima, Jose Rigor, Ernesto and Feliciana
.. for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Domingo Barayoga, Sr.
- Lourdes Vergara Barayo
- Allan Manzanilla
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: Conrado F. Bate
- Wedding Anniversary: Joe & Susana Lim Lorenzo
.. 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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