Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Thursday 14th Week in Ordinary Time

July 12, 2007
Thursday 14th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

GENESIS 44:18-21, 23B-29; 45:1-5
Judah approached Joseph and said: "I beg you, my lord, let your
servant speak earnestly to my lord, and do not become angry with your
servant, for you are the equal of Pharaoh. My lord asked your
servants, 'Have you a father, or another brother?' So we said to my
lord, 'We have an aged father, and a young brother, the child of his
old age. This one's full brother is dead, and since he is the only one
by that mother who is left, his father dotes on him.' Then you told
your servants, 'Bring him down to me that my eyes may look on him.
Unless your youngest brother comes back with you, you shall not come
into my presence again.' When we returned to your servant our father,
we reported to him the words of my lord. "Later, our father told us to
come back and buy some food for the family. So we reminded him, 'We
cannot go down there; only if our youngest brother is with us can we
go, for we may not see the man if our youngest brother is not with
us.' Then your servant our father said to us, 'As you know, my wife
bore me two sons. One of them, however, disappeared, and I had to
conclude that he must have been torn to pieces by wild beasts; I have
not seen him since. If you now take this one away from me, too, and
some disaster befalls him, you will send my white head down to the
nether world in grief.'" Joseph could no longer control himself in the
presence of all his attendants, so he cried out, "Have everyone
withdraw from me!" Thus no one else was about when he made himself
known to his brothers. But his sobs were so loud that the Egyptians
heard him, and so the news reached Pharaoh's palace. "I am Joseph," he
said to his brothers. "Is my father still in good health?" But his
brothers could give him no answer, so dumbfounded were they at him.
"Come closer to me," he told his brothers. When they had done so, he
said: "I am your brother Joseph, whom you once sold into Egypt. But
now do not be distressed, and do not reproach yourselves for having
sold me here. It was really for the sake of saving lives that God sent
me here ahead of you."

MATTHEW 10:7-15
Jesus said to his Apostles: "As you go, make this proclamation: 'The
Kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse
the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without
cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your
belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or
walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village
you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you
leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy,
let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you.
Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words- go outside that
house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you,
it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the
day of judgment than for that town."

The value that Jesus holds out to us in today's gospel is the value of
travelling lightly through life by living more simply. Or to put it
another way, it is the value of not making too much of material things
so that they may not get in the way of our reaching out to God in
trust or to our neighbor in service.

Now what strategies would we use to achieve this value? The strategies
suggested by our Lord certainly do not make sense in today's modern
world. Imagine a businessman walking a long distance from his house to
a business meeting with a bundle of notes under his arm instead of
going by car and carrying his notes in a briefcase. So when Jesus
instructs us to travel lightly as we journey through life, he is not
telling us that we have to get rid of our cars, empty our freezers,
clean out our closets or cut up our credit cards. But he is telling us
not to let our material goods make us forget our dependence on God or
harden our hearts to the poor. He is urging us not to become selfish
with what we have so that we may not become insensitive to the
injustice and oppression that surrounds us.

We travel the safest if we travel the lightest. We gain more by giving
than by getting.

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Tolentino A. Sandoval
- Ely
- Fr. Santiago Leon, S.J.
- Julie Manzon, Delly David, Charlie Castro, Magdalena Jacob,
Allan Manzanila, Nanay Mystica, Glenn Bisco, Linda Manzon, Pat
Manzon, Glenn Manzon
.. good health for Marietta Joy Therese
.. for the personal intentions and guidance of:
- 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: Marciana Chong Muñoz
- Wedding Anniversary: Edmund and Mildred Dy
.. 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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