Monday, July 16, 2007


Tuesday 15th Week in Ordinary Time

July 17, 2007
Tuesday 15th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

EXODUS 2:1-15A
A certain man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, who
conceived and bore a son. Seeing that he was a goodly child, she hid
him for three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took a
papyrus basket, daubed it with bitumen and pitch, and putting the
child in it, placed it among the reeds on the river bank. His sister
stationed herself at a distance to find out what would happen to him.
Pharaoh's daughter came down to the river to bathe, while her maids
walked along the river bank. Noticing the basket among the reeds, she
sent her handmaid to fetch it. On opening it, she looked, and lo,
there was a baby boy, crying! She was moved with pity for him and
said, "It is one of the Hebrews' children." Then his sister asked
Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call one of the Hebrew women to
nurse the child for you?" "Yes, do so," she answered. So the maiden
went and called the child's own mother. Pharaoh's daughter said to
her, "Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will repay you." The
woman therefore took the child and nursed it. When the child grew, she
brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, who adopted him as her son and
called him Moses; for she said, "I drew him out of the water." On one
occasion, after Moses had grown up, when he visited his kinsmen and
witnessed their forced labor, he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew,
one of his own kinsmen. Looking about and seeing no one, he slew the
Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went out again, and
now two Hebrews were fighting! So he asked the culprit, "Why are you
striking your fellow Hebrew?" But the culprit replied, "Who has
appointed you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me
as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses became afraid and thought,
"The affair must certainly be known." Pharaoh, too, heard of the
affair and sought to put Moses to death. But Moses fled from him and
stayed in the land of Midian.

MATTHEW 11:20-24
Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had
been done, since they had not repented. "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to
you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been
done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth
and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and
Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And as for you, Capernaum:
Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom, it
would have remained until this day. But I tell you, it will be more
tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."

In today's Gospel we see Jesus condemning the towns of Chorazin,
Bethsaida and Capernaum. In reflecting on this passage we must keep in
mind that Jesus' condemnation of sin is holy anger, but the anger
comes not from outraged pride, but from a broken heart.

The sin of Chorozzin, Bethsaida and Capernaum was the sin of
indifference. These cities did not attack Jesus; they did not seek to
crucify him; they simply disregarded him, they ignored him.

Neglect can kill as much as a persecution can. If a child made a
beautiful project in school and took it home to show it to his mother
hoping for a word of praise, and if the mother just put it aside
without even bothering to look at it, that neglect on the part of the
mother would hurt the child much more than if she had criticized his

There are sins of action, but there is also the sin of inaction and of
absence of good deeds. The sin of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum
was the sin of doing nothing. Many a person's defense is: "But I never
did anything." That defense may be in fact his condemnation when he
stands before the judgment seat of God.

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Bro. Nanding
- Bro. Rommel Salvacion
- Rosebel Saavedra
.. for the personal intentions and guidance of:
- San Juan de Dios Educational Foundation Inc.
- Guevara Family
.. safe travel for Jarvis, Jason, Jonathan, Francine, Julianne and
.. for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Charlene Blanche Yu
- Wedding Anniversary: Sheryl & Peter Lim III
- In Memoriam (+): Lim Giok Chat (1906 - 1987)
.. 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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