Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Wednesday 15th Week in Ordinary Time

July 18, 2007
Wednesday 15th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

EXODUS 3:1-6, 9-12
Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of
Midian. Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb, the
mountain of God. There an angel of the LORD appeared to him in fire
flaming out of a bush. As he looked on, he was surprised to see that
the bush, though on fire, was not consumed. So Moses decided, "I must
go over to look at this remarkable sight, and see why the bush is not
burned." When the LORD saw him coming over to look at it more closely,
God called out to him from the bush, "Moses! Moses!" He answered,
"Here I am." God said, "Come no nearer! Remove the sandals from your
feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. I am the God of
your father," he continued, "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the
God of Jacob. The cry of the children of Israel has reached me, and I
have truly noted that the Egyptians are oppressing them. Come, now! I
will send you to Pharaoh to lead my people, the children of Israel,
out of Egypt." But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to
Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?" He answered, "I
will be with you; and this shall be your proof that it is I who have
sent you: when you bring my people out of Egypt, you will worship God
on this very mountain."

MATTHEW 11:25-27
At that time Jesus exclaimed: "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of
heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the
wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes,
Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed
over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and
no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son
wishes to reveal him."

God will tell us his name, but we will be branded forever with fire
and will bear within us the scar of his devouring passion. No one can
see God without his eyes being burnt in the fire of the Spirit. No one
can taste God without his heart experiencing a new hunger. No one can
believe without his prayer becoming a cry of immense desire. No one
can speak about God without experiencing silence, for there are no
words to say the name of God.

"No one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son
chooses to reveal him." Who has the ability to put into words the
glory of Jesus Christ, a man among men, the image of God in the form
off the humblest of human beings? God does not make noise. He reveals
himself in the signs of his presence, through faith, a faith that like
love is a fire.

"I bless you Father ... for hiding these things from the learned and the
clever and revealing them to mere children." Only a childlike heart
has access to true love and to faith. It is good for us that the fire
should keep us from drawing; near, for it is not possible to stare at
God as one stares at the statue of Jesus or Mother Mary.

"No one knows the Son except the Father." It is good for us to
contemplate Jesus with faces veiled, for we cannot speak of him as we
would explain a mathematical problem or a geometrical theorem. Moses
covered his face because he was afraid to look at God. In a short
time, he will truly know God, for when his people leave the land of
slavery, he will see the God who saw the wretched state of his people
and heard their cries. We truly know the fire only when it has burned
us. We truly experience faith only when we experience the burning
touch of the Spirit.

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Lilian K
- Dodo
- Ely
.. for the personal intentions and guidance of:
- San Juan de Dios Educational Foundation Inc.
- Guevara Family
.. for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Filadelfo Inocentes Jr.
- Birthday: Lucio C. Tan
- In Memoriam (+): Ricardo Valencia
.. 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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