Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Memorial, St Benedict, abbot

July 11, 2007
Memorial, St Benedict, abbot
Wednesday 14th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

GENESIS 41:55-57; 42:5-7A, 17-24A
When hunger came to be felt throughout the land of Egypt and the
people cried to Pharaoh for bread, Pharaoh directed all the Egyptians
to go to Joseph and do whatever he told them. When the famine had
spread throughout the land, Joseph opened all the cities that had
grain and rationed it to the Egyptians, since the famine had gripped
the land of Egypt. In fact, all the world came to Joseph to obtain
rations of grain, for famine had gripped the whole world. The sons of
Israel were among those who came to procure rations. It was Joseph, as
governor of the country, who dispensed the rations to all the people.
When Joseph's brothers came and knelt down before him with their faces
to the ground, he recognized them as soon as he saw them. But Joseph
concealed his own identity from them and spoke sternly to them. With
that, he locked them up in the guardhouse for three days. On the third
day Joseph said to his brothers: "Do this, and you shall live; for I
am a God-fearing man. If you have been honest, only one of your
brothers need be confined in this prison, while the rest of you may go
and take home provisions for your starving families. But you must come
back to me with your youngest brother. Your words will thus be
verified, and you will not die." To this they agreed. To one another,
however, they said: "Alas, we are being punished because of our
brother. We saw the anguish of his heart when he pleaded with us, yet
we paid no heed; that is why this anguish has now come upon us."
Reuben broke in, "Did I not tell you not to do wrong to the boy? But
you would not listen! Now comes the reckoning for his blood." The
brothers did not know, of course, that Joseph understood what they
said, since he spoke with them through an interpreter. But turning
away from them, he wept.

MATTHEW 10:1-7
Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over
unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every
illness. The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon
called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and
his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax
collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the
Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus. Jesus sent out these
Twelve after instructing them thus, "Do not go into pagan territory or
enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of
Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: 'The Kingdom of heaven is
at hand.'"

The apostles were chosen from among the disciples. The word "disciple"
means a learner. The people whom Christ needs and desires are the
people who are willing to learn. Each day he must be a step nearer to

The reasons why these twelve were chosen are equally significant. They
were chosen that they should be with Jesus. If they were to do his
work in the world, they must first live in his presence and then go
from the presence of Jesus into the presence of people.

No apostolic ministry can ever be fruitful unless we come from the
presence of Christ into the presence of people. Sometimes we are so
busy trying to do God's work that we are in danger of forgetting that
none of these things really matter, if they are carried on by people
who have not been with Christ before they have been with people.

The word "apostle" literally means one who is sent out. It is the word
for an ambassador. The Christian is Christ's ambassador to people
everywhere. The Christian comes into the presence of Jesus Christ in
order that he may go forth to people from that presence, bearing with
him the word and the beauty of Jesus Christ.

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Dodo
- Ely
- Bro. Nanding
- Tolentino A. Sandoval
- Julie Manzon, Delly David, Charlie Castro, Magdalena Jacob,
Allan Manzanila, Nanay Mystica, Glenn Bisco, Linda Manzon, Pat
Manzon, Glenn Manzon
.. for the personal intentions and guidance of:
- Jasmin
- Lydia and family
- Cielo Burayag and Tom Abellar
- Guevara family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Pauline
- Glenn & Julie Manzon, Barayoga Family, Manzon Family,
Manzanilla Family, Bisco Family, Escamillan Family, Castro Family, De
Castro Family, Jennifer Dumalaon
.. safe travel of the Sun family
.. health and thanksgiving: Julie Manzon & family
.. for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ms. Arceli Dominique Pasague
- Mrs. Ligaya Agnote
- Domingo Barayo Sr.
- Lourder Vergara Barayoga
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: Mads Schmidt
- Birthday: Fr. Enrique Lalana, S.J.
- Thanksgiving: Castillo Family Thanksgiving:
- Wedding Anniversary: Alberto & Josephine Gaviola
- In Memoriam (+): Macaria Co Yu (1924 - 1988)
.. 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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