Friday, July 13, 2007


Saturday 14th Week in Ordinary Time

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

GENESIS 49:29-32; 50:15-26A
Jacob gave his sons this charge: "Since I am about to be taken to my
people, bury me with my fathers in the cave that lies in the field of
Ephron the Hittite, the cave in the field of Machpelah, facing on
Mamre, in the land of Canaan, the field that Abraham bought from
Ephron the Hittite for a burial ground. There Abraham and his wife
Sarah are buried, and so are Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and there,
too, I buried Leah- the field and the cave in it that had been
purchased from the Hittites." Now that their father was dead, Joseph's
brothers became fearful and thought, "Suppose Joseph has been nursing
a grudge against us and now plans to pay us back in full for all the
wrong we did him!" So they approached Joseph and said: "Before your
father died, he gave us these instructions: 'You shall say to Joseph,
Jacob begs you to forgive the criminal wrongdoing of your brothers,
who treated you so cruelly.' Please, therefore, forgive the crime that
we, the servants of your father's God, committed." When they spoke
these words to him, Joseph broke into tears. Then his brothers
proceeded to fling themselves down before him and said, "Let us be
your slaves!" But Joseph replied to them: "Have no fear. Can I take
the place of God? Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it for
good, to achieve his present end, the survival of many people.
Therefore have no fear. I will provide for you and for your children."
By thus speaking kindly to them, he reassured them. Joseph remained in
Egypt, together with his father's family. He lived a hundred and ten
years. He saw Ephraim's children to the third generation, and the
children of Manasseh's son Machir were also born on Joseph's knees.
Joseph said to his brothers: "I am about to die. God will surely take
care of you and lead you out of this land to the land that he promised
on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." Then, putting the sons of Israel
under oath, he continued, "When God thus takes care of you, you must
bring my bones up with you from this place." Joseph died at the age of
a hundred and ten.

MATTHEW 10:24-33
Jesus said to his Apostles: "No disciple is above his teacher, no
slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become
like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. If
they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more
those of his household! "Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing
is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be
known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you
hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of
those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of
the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two
sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the
ground without your Father's knowledge. Even all the hairs of your
head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many
sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will
acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before
others, I will deny before my heavenly Father."

Nowadays Christians are accused of keeping silent. They hardly ever
speak the name of God in public. They hide their Christian life within
their hearts and restrict religion to the private sphere. Will not
this generation incur the reproach of Jesus in today's gospel: "The
one who disowns me in the presence of men, I will disown in the
presence of my Father in heaven."

The word of God, like every living word, cannot exist in a germ-free
environment. The word exists only if it is spoken and thereby
subjected to risk. The word of God must take its chances in the words
and conduct of human beings. We thought we could preserve the word by
locking it up, and now we are told that we must sow it freely or else
we will deny it. We thought we could remain satisfied with formulas
which the centuries had drained of vitality. But instead we must come
up with new words that express God, and we must go out and bear
witness to our fellowmen under penalty of rendering barren our
profession of faith. Because human lifestyles change, we must find
fresh words with which to speak of God.

Are you in the ranks of those who dare to give witness to Christ and
his words? Give Jesus your answer when you receive him in Holy

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Tolentino A. Sandoval
- Julie Manzon, Delly David, Charlie Castro, Magdalena Jacob,
Allan Manzanila, Nanay Mystica, Glenn Bisco, Linda Manzon, Pat
Manzon, Glenn Manzon
- Bro. Nanding
- Bro. Rommel Salvacion
- Rosebel Saavedra
.. good health for Marietta Joy Therese
.. for the personal intentions and guidance of:
- 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
- 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.
- In Memoriam (+): Clement Gan (1945-1994)
- Thanksgiving:Esther Gacutan & Family
.. 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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