Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Thursday 15th Week in Ordinary Time

July 19, 2007
Thursday 15th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

EXODUS 3:13-20
Moses, hearing the voice of the LORD from the burning bush, said to
him, "When I go to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of
your fathers has sent me to you,' if they ask me, 'What is his name?'
what am I to tell them?" God replied, "I am who am." Then he added,
"This is what you shall tell the children of Israel: I AM sent me to
you." God spoke further to Moses, "Thus shall you say to the children
of Israel: The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the
God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. "This is my name
forever; this my title for all generations. "Go and assemble the
elders of Israel, and tell them: The LORD, the God of your fathers,
the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has appeared to me and said: I
am concerned about you and about the way you are being treated in
Egypt; so I have decided to lead you up out of the misery of Egypt
into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites,
Hivites, and Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey. "Thus they
will heed your message. Then you and the elders of Israel shall go to
the king of Egypt and say to him: "The LORD, the God of the Hebrews,
has sent us word. Permit us, then, to go a three-days' journey in the
desert, that we may offer sacrifice to the LORD, our God. "Yet I know
that the king of Egypt will not allow you to go unless he is forced. I
will stretch out my hand, therefore, and smite Egypt by doing all
kinds of wondrous deeds there. After that he will send you away."

MATTHEW 11:28-30
Jesus said: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I
will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am
meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For
my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

Jesus, says to all these people and to us: "Come to me." Yes, he tells
us to come near, closer to him. Do you go closer to him when heavy
burdens make you feel low, when you are anxious; or in pain? Jesus
says: "And I will give your rest." We could translate it as: "I shall
lessen your pain, I shall give you some relief, I shall take your all
too heavy burdens off your back."

Let us thank the Lord for giving us such consoling words. Is
confession for you a time when you unload your burdens? Is it a time
of peace and joy, a time of liberation? Are your prayer times so many
boring obligations, or moments when you come close to Jesus and find
rest at his side?

Pause for some time during the day to reflect on these words, these
secret confidences of Jesus. Try to imagine how this was expressed in
Jesus' attitudes, his behavior and in the way he spoke and the way he
lived. In spite of Jesus saying that his yoke is easy and his burden
light, at times we can hardly carry our burden. We find it very heavy.

Ask Jesus for the grace to continue believing in him even when the
burden is heavy and to place your full trust in him. A real surrender
of ourselves to God will give us comfort and fill us with peace and
joy. Our faith, our vocation, our religious obligations should never
appear to us like burdens. Love can only be liberating and radiant,
with joy. By this joy can the true disciples of Jesus be recognized.

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
- Myra
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Dr. Salud Bagalso
- Birthday: Felicidad T.V.
- In Memoriam (+): Margarita Posada
... 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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